This novel is set in the 1920s in Mayfair and is about dreadful young people. I noticed the following words and phrases recurring; How too, too shaming, bogus, divine, Don’t you think? Or don’t you? (this is quite an insecure way of speaking I thought, of asking the listener to agree). I think I prefer these words to today’s lol and yolo but every generation has a vocabulary to differentiate it from the previous one.
There are just a couple of mentions of sex and it gets alluded to with three dots sometimes... Also a lady wears trousers, which is shocking. Money is frittered away. At the end of the book most characters have met a sticky end and war breaks out. Throughout the book some older characters moan about young people nowadays and some think that the freedoms young people now have are good. It had the French phrase “Si jeunesse savait, si viellesse pouvait” which means that nothing ever occurs at the proper time in life. The characters have good names, the Prime Minister is called Mr Outrage. Also there is a newspaper is called the Excess, which is probably a parody of the Daily Express. I’m sure I missed a lot of the symbolism and key issues by reading it eighty-four years after it was published. I enjoyed it much more than those novels with bonnets in.
I'm going to read Decline And Fall next which I should probably have read first, but as I've learnt “Si jeunesse savait, si viellesse pouvait” :)