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A Curious Invitation Hardcover – 2012
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The focus on parties as literary device, and possible inspiration for your own fictional party, sounded fascinating and certainly did not disappoint. Not simply a reiteration of what other authors have written, everything from the location of each party to the dress code, food, and entertainment is being highlighted with refreshingly British humor.
Of course some might wonder what use such a book may have, apart from being wonderfully entertaining, and all I can say is, it's not just a marvelous introduction to the broad variety of novels included, even more so it opens a whole new viewpoint from which to dip into these, often classic, stories. Plus, if you should feel so inclined, it will certainly make for interesting party planning too. Of course, being one of London's top party organizers, Ms Field knows her way around parties that are, shall we say, a little different, so why not let her literar(ll)y inspire you to host your own?
In short: A delightfully bookish party planner!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pan MacMillan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Suzette Field is a very successful event promoter. the balls and parties that she arranges regularly attract 3000 guests. She is a real 'party animal', and her love of a good 'do' shine through in the 40 parties that she has selected to feature in her book. Each party has been taken from a work of fiction, although a couple of the included bashes are fictionalised versions of real historical events. And what a varied bunch of parties she has selected, the reader is taken from the world of Plato to Pooh, with each event given as much thought and consideration as the last one.
It's not just traditional parties that are featured either, there are garden parties, proms and orgies! Suzette Field has listed the guest lists, the food, the dress, the entertainment and the lasting legacy of each event.
A Curious Invitation is a fascinating read, told with humour at times, it is really accessible and will be enjoyed by anyone who loves books and especially those book-lovers who love to party.
This the sort of book that you can dip into at any time and find another fascinating party, it's almost like being a constant gatecrasher!