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Mapp and Lucia Paperback – January 1, 2005
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The scene is thus set for a true Battle Royal, only in Tilling the battelfields are luncheons and dinner parties, and the weapons fruit gardens and lobster recipes. The results are very very funny, as the genteel of Tilling spend a breathless year thoroughly enjoying each swipe, snub and put down. The hilarious climax has our heroines floating out to sea on an overturned kitchen table, with Lucia's last audible words promising delicious gossip just as soon as she gets out of her current mess.
Benson draws his characters exquisitely well, I found myself flat out liking her. She is an Englishwomen of the 1930's, past her prime but still youthful, who just happens to be blessed (cursed?) with the personality of an Alpha Male.Read more ›
Last week I succumbed to a nasty bout of influenza and E.F. Benson. I had grabbed the slender volume of "Mapp & Lucia" from the library shelf and it had rested in my bookcase for almost a week. Not wanting to dull my brain with endless hours of television, I cracked open "Mapp & Lucia".
Ten pages into the book and I was hooked. Lucia, her period of mourning almost over is looking to regain her iron control on her hometown. First action, regain her star role as Queen Elizabeth in the village fete.
As I read Lucia's plots and plans, a strange thought hit me. Lucia is the creature Hyacinth Bucket (the main character of the BBC's Keeping Up Appearances) secretly dreams of being. Having taken over the fete from her dazed and confused friend, Lucia goes onto greater pastures, the hometown of Miss Elizabeth Mapp, reigning social goddesss.
Miss Elizabeth Mapp (known as Mapp) plots with her friends to rent out their respective homes a profit. Lucia and her best friend (a gentleman who brings to mind a cross between KUA's Richard and AYBS Mr Humphries) move and slowly begin to take over the town. Mapp is not pleased and a genteel war of one-upsmanship begins between the two ladies.
Drawings are rejected from the art exhibit, parties given, ownership of produce and fruit desputed with the poor town in the middle. Matters come to a head on Boxing Day (December 26) when Mapp decides to steal a longed for recipe that Lucia refuses to give to her.
Lucia stumbles on her rival in the kitchen and both women are swept out to sea on Lucia's kitchen table (yes, Lucia's kitchen table, this is a not a mis-type).Read more ›
Lucia is a newly minted widow in this hilarious outing. Her fires have been banked, and she is anxious to get back in the swing and show her mettle. She rents a house for the summer from the formidable Miss Elizabeth Mapp of Tilling. Miss Mapp is clearly the leader of society in Tilling and revels in her role. Lucia eyes the situation, and the lines are drawn in the most charming but resolute way possible Lucia is the richer of the two and possibly more clever, but Miss Mapp has some powerful advantages of her own. She has pride of place, a town full of quaking allies, and indomnable perseverance. When these two square off, the fun begins and doesn't let up.
This is a delightful read, a mood lifter of the first magnitude. "Mapp & Lucia" is my introduction to Lucia, and I cannot wait to further my acquaintance with this fascinating lady.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you haven't read the Lucia books (including the one entitled 'Miss Mapp'), you really should. They are wonderful. Inventive, witty, edgy, and often hilarious. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elaine McCarthy
This is truly absolutely fabulous. Prunella Scales brilliantly narrates and acts out all the parts. PLEASE!!!!!! Re-release this on CD. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lisa O.
For those of us living in the frantically-busy now, this book is a fascinating window into a time when comfortably-off people had nothing to fill their lives with but what we would... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ian Davidson MacLachlan
English gentry striving to outdo each other socially. Full of energy, zest, spot-on psychological observation, and wit.Published 13 months ago by Blithe Alden
The rating is not for the work, but for the Kindle edition, which was unreadable as after every two and a half lines there was a break of several lines. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rosemary Lloyd
Absolute magic. Different but equal to Jeeves and Wooster. Wonderful comic inventivnessPublished 14 months ago by James masterson
This view of the characters is a little less affectionate from later books. I'm loving it.Published 15 months ago by Jenny