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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2004
This book was recommended to me by a band of people, each of whom has opinions I deeply trust when it comes to books.
And I wasn't disappointed.
The Blake family live in an unspectacular house in an unspectacular road, and Thomas Blake has a... you guessed it, unspectacular job.
And then Mr. Knight, financier extraordinaire, comes onto the horizon, and helps the Blake family move up in the world - literally, into a fancier house, fancier road and fancier lifestyle. Thomas is delighted, but Celia, his wife, is less zealous. The reader, through the combined hints of Celia's doubts and Whipple's clever narrative, is rightly suspicious of Knight.
To see the changes in the Blake family is often sad, but Whipple enlivens this novel with wit throughout.