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"It's like a visit to an English country estate: breezy, beautiful and charming." --New York Times Book Review
"All this would be satire if it weren't so much like a diary, and though those who know about such things generally don't tell, Fellowes, a more genial Evelyn Waugh, seems to hide a notebook in his dinner jacket." --People (4 stars)
"Fellowes has a high time skewering the foibles of the landed British gentry..." --Entertainment Weekly
"Julian Fellowes knows a thing or two about British society and those who dare to infiltrate it....delightful" --Vogue
"A guilty pleasure of a novel [that] seems authentic down to the wallpaper and the Wellingtons. Hilarious...sharp, entertaining, and unforgiving." --Anna Quindlen
"It's not only the rich who are different, it's the British upper classes too. This complicated truth, all the more palatable if delivered amusingly, has been successfully tackled by such insiders as P.G. Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford, and is now resurrected by Julian Fellowes." --The Miami Herald
I really enjoyed reading this book and liked all the characters- both good and bad!
The author is equally at home with humor and with drama and so the story is at times funny, always witty, but then also moving, shocking and surprisingly deep.
I really enjoyed it more than the other as the characters were so very well developed.
Got me intrigued at the very beginning. The ending was better than one could imagine. Looking forward to book club's discussion.Published 1 month ago by Helen A. Erickson
I mostly liked this book, though there are some tedious parts. The overall premise is very interesting and I was drawn in, wanting to know what happens. Read morePublished 2 months ago by amtmcm
FELLOWES SHOWS LIKE REMEBRANCES OF THINGS PAST, ˜LA RECHERCHE FROM PROUST- THE LIFE AND CHANGES OF BRITISH ARISTOCRACY . Read morePublished 3 months ago by Manoel Motta
Very funny, honest, moving and subtly profound. The plot structure is a little artificial, and not particularly original -- Jim Jarmusch's film Broken Flowers used a similar device... Read morePublished 4 months ago by amy
"Past Imperfect" by Julian Fellowes is an uneven work--at times clever and insightful, and at others plodding and almost painful to read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by K. Kennedy
Fascinating revelation of the changes in attitude and life style of the upper class from the 1950's until the present. Read morePublished 5 months ago by patcangolf
Although the details, at first, seemed a bit too lengthy, I found I read every word. Knowing very little of the class system prevalent in those times, I struggled in understanding... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Julian Fellowes may write magnificent scripts for television but this novel is a bore. It reads like a society column of the 60s in a daily tabloid. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Montcler