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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2015
What a total delight to discover this author and get lost in the gentle pace and stress free life of the upper classes of the 1930s! I have read several of her books and this is one of my favourites as her sense of humour and observations of the virtues and faults of her characters shine through. Don't expect any world shattering events to be described in her novels but enjoy the experience of discovering the feelings and emotions of another age.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2012
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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2013
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2014
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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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2013
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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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2013
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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on 7 October 2014
30's nostalgia, a gentle enjoyment.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2013
Great fun for Angela Thirkell fans.Wry look at prewar England & the upper classes and their relationship with their servants.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
Angela Thirkell writes delicious period piece books of everyday life amongst the upper middle class that are just a joy to read - quite tongue in cheek and very clever but very comforting if you need a happy book!
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