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Little Ottleys (VMC) Paperback – 2 Nov 1982

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  • Paperback: 543 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (2 Nov. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860683001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860683001
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 785,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 April 2014
Format: Paperback
The works of Ada Leverson were referred to in the edition of a book I recently read by E F Benson. Born in 1862, and dying in1933, Ada Leverson was a great pal of Oscar Wilde, but this seems to have been held against her in some circles, and her writing not allowed to shine in its own worth.

This edition combines three books of Leversons about the Ottleys – Love’s Shadow, Tenterhooks, Love at Second Sight, all first published in the early twentieth century. I have read the omnibus and offered reviews of each of the three individual stories as well. These are delightful, witty and very insightful views of a world none of us will ever know – polite London Society in the early part of the twentieth century, as the world turns to war. The characters are larger than life – the rather dim but likeable Bruce, his long-suffering wife Edith and their wider circle. Well worth reading and a worthy addition to early twentieth century literature greats such as E F Benson.
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I enjoyed this book. I've recently discovered E F Benson, and when I bought one of his this one came up as a recommendation. (And by the way, I always find both the recommendations and the customer reviews really useful). I like Edith's character, which develops as the trilogy progresses. She is incredibly patient with her idiotic husband but - unlike so many female characters of the time - far from weak. Just one tiny issue: the book description says it is set in the Victorian era, but it is in fact the early twentieth century. I didn't mind at all, but if anyone chooses the book specifically because they are interested in stories of Victorian society, they might be disappointed.
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By Jane on 2 July 2014
Format: Paperback
I was drawn to this book by the adaptation for Radio 4 but I'm finding it less entertaining than I expected. The characters seem more implausible - especially Bruce, who is simply idiotic - than they did on the radio. I'll persevere however, in the hope that this trilogy improves as it goes on.
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