Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Past Imperfect: A Novel Paperback – May 8, 2012
|New from||Used from|
100 (Fiction) Books to Read in a Lifetime
AbeBooks.com, an Amazon Company, recommends a unique list of must-read books. Learn More on AbeBooks.com.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
A middle-aged Londoner is forced to revisit his past in Fellowes's slick and dexterous second novel (after the bestselling Snobs). Former friend Damian Baxter, after 40 years of estrangement, convinces the unnamed narrator to locate the woman Damian believes to have borne his child in 1968. As the narrator looks back on the events of that fateful summer, Fellowes exercises his considerable talent for observing the nuances of custom and class distinction. Especially interesting are the frequent digressions to consider the peculiar juncture of their "safe little, nearly-pre-1939 world" with the Swinging Sixties. In the narrator's circle of friends-who would fit comfortably into a Trollope novel-the ossified conventions of the upper class still hold sway, yet the '60s make an appearance as well, enlivening a debutante party with surprise hash brownies. We quickly discover that middle-class Damian (a "social mountaineer") managed to insinuate himself into this smart set until a terrible scene tears apart the group of friends. Deservedly compared to Tom Wolfe, Fellowes, with his ability to document the aristocracy with a sociologist's eye, fashions intriguing narratives.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“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
Browse award-winning titles. See more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
The book is a good read, if not a page-turner. It's chock full of detail, snobbery, dinner parties, house parties, cogent observations, and Brits being Brits.
Fellow's other novel could be the same group in a different circumstances. Reading both is a good idea. One book compliments the other.
American readers will be fascinated by the tiny details of upper class British life which Fellow shares as one would an important but inside secret. I wanted to grab a pen and write them down as guidance of what Not to do in Britain. I found six - you might find more.
And, American's shouldn't be huffy about the aristocratic and social climbing parents in the book. I see young people now are marrying later in life when they have experienced how well they can live. Many are examining their potential spouses for more than romantic love and considering what compromises would be necessary to live the life they imagine for themselves. The book is filled with memories, songs of the period,a treasure hunt and is thought provoking. Very well titled!!
There were too many people starting to blend into each other. Every husband was a boring dolt, every wife long-suffering. I wish Fellowes had picked a different vehicle to convey the doomed love between nobody Damian and aristocrat Serena. He had a great story there, but it got buried in the "find the heir" plotline. At the end, when the heir was discovered, I found it anticlimactic.
Two things ring true about this book: it does take place in the past and unfortunately (considering the man writing) a little too imperfect.
more than once. A lot of research must have gone into the description of the change in English
society, traditions and politics, which the author also touched upon in Downton Abbey.
A fascinating read.