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Stories from a simpler time,
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This review is from: Notwithstanding: Stories from an English Village (Hardcover)
What a pleasant set of short stories from a master storyteller. I usually do not favour the short story genre , but as a fan of Mr. de Bernieres i had to buy it and i am glad that i did. This is not a serious work like Captain Corellis Mandolin or Birds Without Wings. It is more of the whimsical style of Red Dog with a lot of humour and likable, characters from a not so distant past.
It revolves around the inhabitants of the village of Notwithstanding and their inter-relationships. They could be very real people living at a time and in a way worth remembering for their class distinctions, their outmoded values , their amusing eccentricities and their honest decency.
The author uses a clever device whereby these characters make guest appearances in each others stories giving ,although there are about twenty different tales, a nice element of continuity leaving the reader feeling like part of this very rural, very English community.
A very worthwhile read.