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This review is from: THE COMPLETE LUCIA VICTRIX: QUEEN LUCIA, MISS MAPP, LUCIA IN LONDON, MAPP AND LUCIA, TROUBLE FOR LUCIA (Annotated and With Active Table of Contents) (Kindle Edition)
This edition of the Mapp and Lucia books has an active table of contents, and as well as giving us the six complete novels in order, we also have here a short story as well. I should point out that the original texts have been scanned here, and on occasion some words do appear as a mix of letters and symbols, one being manoeuvre, but you can quite easily decipher what the words are. This only happens on occasions, and in the whole this is perfectly okay to read.
The first book here, Queen Lucia, shows us Mrs Lucas, otherwise known as Lucia, in her home in the village of Riseholme, where she reigns at the head as the leader of all that is cultural in the arts. In the second book, Miss Mapp, we meet Miss Mapp, who tries to reign at the top of the social sphere in the small town of Tilling. The third book, Lucia in London takes us on the rise of Lucia in the social circles of London. From there the next three books take us through what happens in Tilling, where Lucia decides to set up home after the death of her husband. At the end we have the short story, The Male Impersonator, which chronologically should really appear with the book Miss Mapp.
So why does this series of books remain so popular? Actually that is quite easy to answer for someone coming to these for the first time; imagine a long running sit-com presented in book form, and you literally have what this series of books are. Indeed you can even name characters in sit-coms over the years that correspond in one part or another to characters in this book. Also quite daringly for the time these were first published, there are even a couple of gay characters. You have Georgie, vain of his looks, dying his hair and having a comb-over, thus moving on to owning a toupee, whilst sitting quietly doing his embroidery. And you have Irene, the rather manly artist, who takes rather a liking to Lucia.
All the characters are well drawn, the environments they inhabit and the description of homes and places are also well done, and each book is chock full of comic incident. With social climbing, one-upmanship, snobbery, and misunderstandings you also have fake gurus and mediums. In all if you do decide to download this you will have six novels and one short story that will give you endless comic entertainment.
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Initial post: 13 Apr 2014 09:26:41 BDT
S Riaz says:
Have often meant to read these. Great review.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2014 10:30:34 BDT
M. Dowden says:
I love them, they are really fun reads.
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