- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.com Release Date: June 7, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0054RYWCG
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MISS MAPP is the second in the "Lucia" series, although Lucia herself never appears. Don't let that discourage you. One of my favorite of Benson's books is PAYING GUESTS, which unfortunately is not available in a Kindle edition. This book introduces Miss Elizabeth Mapp, the Queen of the quaint sea-side town of Tilling. She has many of Lucia's qualities - ambition, snobbery, conceit, and pathological suspicion. Unlike Lucia, she's a single lady, so in addition to bulldozing her friends and neighbors, she's also trying to snare one of the local bachelors.
It's the usual cast of Benson characters - widows, spinsters, retired military officers, and clergymen with the bonus of the mysterious Mr. Wyse who's a VERY superior gentleman and reputed to be related to a countess. The residents of Tilling play bridge and golf, have tea parties, and try to use their limited incomes to produce the most impressive show. Mostly they fight and make up so that they can fight again. "Emotion is the spice of life" says the author and Tilling must be the best seasoned town in England. Its inhabitants are constantly in an uproar over their affairs and we get to go along for the ride. Others have sliced and diced the English middle class and held them up to ridicule, but nobody ever did it more entertainingly than Benson. Later in the series, Lucia will appear and (of course) she and Miss Mapp will collide like two great ocean liners, but there's plenty of fun without her.
It was charmingly written and the humor and wit reminded me of Mark Twain's writings.
The action takes place in a small English village and describes the interesting and quaint folks who live there.
The characters are so beautifully described that the reader feels he knows them.
The descriptions of the cottages and gardens are especially charming.
The gist of the story is that Miss Mapp rules as the social queen bee in her little village and the machinations and plots she resorts to in order to maintain that position are nothing less than hilarious.
The plots and machinations that Mapp cooks up are funny and rarely work out the way she hopes.
This book is a curl up with a cup of tea in front of the fire and escape to a lovely and peaceful English village populated by a riot of funny folk.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys laughing out loud while reading.
If you are in the mood for a wonderfully written book about a group of people living through middle-age in a small town and who are wrapped up in each other's lives by years of friendship, by all means give this book a read. You won't be disappointed.