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5.0 out of 5 stars Could be beautifully staged
This fluffy 1930's vintage tale of gentry and village life in a mythical England before WWII is a delightful and witty enterprise with an ending that almost demands a stage production. Mrs. Thirkell's verbal expertise is dazzling and her almost-snide observations on the absurdities of many of her characters leave the reader amused. Mrs. Thirkell is a social historian who...
Published 24 months ago by Carol C. Stone

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Disappointing. Won't be reading any more books by this author.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could be beautifully staged, 29 Dec 2012
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Carol C. Stone (Berkeley, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This fluffy 1930's vintage tale of gentry and village life in a mythical England before WWII is a delightful and witty enterprise with an ending that almost demands a stage production. Mrs. Thirkell's verbal expertise is dazzling and her almost-snide observations on the absurdities of many of her characters leave the reader amused. Mrs. Thirkell is a social historian who exhibits many of the social activities and structures of the period, but also gently mocks those same structures and activities. The sly satire is often missed under the fluff of the tale.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage, 8 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Wild Strawberries: A Virago Modern Classic (VMC Book 114) (Kindle Edition)
I love the lost world of Angela Thirkell, it's so amusing.
Some readers find the books very snobbish but I've enjoyed the irony just great.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. Won't be reading any more books by this ..., 14 Nov 2014
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Disappointing. Won't be reading any more books by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort reading, 21 Oct 2013
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Not at all snobbish, just a light, amusing, well written book about the lost world of the 30's in upper middle class England - long gone and impossible to return. Never meant to be taken seriously, just gentle entertainment. If you need a book to snuggle up with on a wet cold day, this is a pleasure. You wont fall in love with any of the characters, but you wont hate them, either. Like a bowl of creamy porridge, or a risotto (for the more sophisticated.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars a gentle enjoyment., 7 Oct 2014
30's nostalgia, a gentle enjoyment.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Period Piece, 5 Dec 2013
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Entertaining and witty novel - Angela Thirkell is a new discovery for me and her distinctive and modern voice is a delight.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angela Thirkell's Wild Srawberries, 19 Feb 2013
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Great fun for Angela Thirkell fans.Wry look at prewar England & the upper classes and their relationship with their servants.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light, enjoyable, forgettable, 2 Feb 2013
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I downloaded this at a friends' recommendation while I was snowed in and the house was unhealthily cold. WS was the perfect tonic for that situation and of course with the kindle (Fire HD, recently purchased) I could read it under the covers. 'Wild Strawberries' is dated froth but enjoyable; I don't think I'll bother with any other Thirkell's, however ... unless I'm snowed up again. The Virago cover illustration and design is enchanting.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and charming, 5 Aug 2014
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Angela Thirkell is never going to be hailed as a great novelist — she took up writing only to support herself and her family — but at her best she is a very enjoyable one, and this is probably her best book. Yes, it's about an upper-class family in the 1930's, and if (like a few reviewers) you can only relate to contemporary tales of the proletariat, then you'll not enjoy it. But, if you can accept that the past is a foreign country and they do things differently, then it's great fun.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Vicars and servants, 10 Feb 2014
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T. Bently "tbently" (Berkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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Angela Thirkell is a frustrating novelist. Some of her books are as light as air, others are dated and heavy. This is a soufflé that hasn't risen. It's very stilted. There are too many characters and I didn't care who struck the gong for dinner or how late they were for church. Some of the xenophobic humour is off-putting. Perhaps it's just a case of being a 'difficult' second book, but this has definitely put me off reading the others in the series.
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