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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
In short, the story was interesting, the premise was great, and I found the book to be very engaging.
Characters are introduced gradually; most are multifaceted enough that the reader's opinions of them change throughout the book.
Though hailed as a study in manners like the works of Evelyn Waugh and Tom Wolfe, I found this irritating and annoying.
Worth the read. I have recommended this and other Julian Fellowes books to others.
He really does project as someone who sits on the sidelines observing his friends.
Julian Fellowes is brilliant at creating characters that stay with you long after the book (or movie or TV series) is finished. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Judy S
Love all things British and really enjoy reading anything by Julian Fellowes! Another great novel to pass the time while commuting.Published 1 month ago by Jenny
I found it heavy going because the author kept interrupting the plot with repetitive musings on the class system in England and how it changed.Published 1 month ago by Robbreg
I thought snobs was great but this is a much more complex,profound,moving and simply unputdownable book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by James Hood
This is the first book I have ever read of Julian Fellows and I liked it so much I ordered another of his books.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Terry
This is one of the very best books I have read in a long, long time: the story keeps the reader guessing, and the social commentary and comparisons between today's world and that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by a discriminating reader
The premise of this book was very good. We have a dying man, Damian, who seeks to find a child he fathered years ago during a period when he was determined to break into English... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wallaby
An intriguing and enchanting novel written eloquently and authentically. Author's sociological perspective enlighten's reader about England's upper classes in 60's/70's.Published 4 months ago by James O. Martin