And laugh, you will. I ordered it from Amazon who I depend upon for my book club books to arrive on time and also give me a good overview of what I'm about to read. I loved this book. I had no idea of what to expect since I hadn't read H.E.Bates before. It was a book club 'must read.' Now I'm happy to know that he wrote other books as well, and equally funny. It's an afternoon read and guaranteed to put you or keep you in a great mood. I did laugh out loud I have to admit. So very well written; great author, obviously. You feel like you know the characters in the book and what fun that can be. Treat yourself to H.E.Bates. You won't regret it. Great English humor.(Sorry, humour.)
This is the second volume in the story of the Larkin family, Ma and Pop Larkin and their ever increasing brood of children. The older girls are enticingly beautiful and even the younger ones show great promise of beauty to come. Pop is a wheeler,dealer, a bit of a con man who can turn his hand to any sort of deal which will bring a good profit. Ma is a superb cook and the whole family enjoys lavish meals on a grand scale, plus the necessary wines and cocktails to accompany them. Pop has just unloaded a huge, white elephant of a manor house on to an unsuspecting, social climbing stockbroker and his pretentious wife, Pinkie, who are convinced that they have had the better of the local country bumpkins. It's a laugh a minute, and just good, clean fun. The first book in the series, The Darling Buds of May", starred the wonderful David Jason, Pam Ferris and gave Catherine Zeta-Jones her first major starring role.
About 30 years ago, I read H.E.Bates' 'The Darling Buds of May'. When the Green woods laugh was his follow-up and was equally hilarious as one revels in the triumphs of Pop Larkin, a country wheeler-dealer. Nothing is too much of a problem for Pop. "Perfick", he says as each event unfolds. You should try and get hold of the original book (and also 'The Darling Buds of May') and read it, just for the scene where Pop Larkin sells his ramshackle country house to a gullible, drunken American (changed to a London stockbroker in American versions of the book!!). Perfickly Politically Incorrect - and huge fun. You'll discover an author and a style that will have you wishing he'd lived long enough to write some more.
The audio cassette provides an excellent reading of an amusing novel. Bruce Montague gives a lively performance befitting to the light spirit of the book. Although not great literature, Bates's novel is diverting and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.