- Paperback: 155 pages
- Publisher: Capuchin Classics (31 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907429212
- ISBN-13: 978-1907429217
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Christmas Pudding (Capuchin Classics) Paperback – 31 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Nancy Mitford (1904-1973) was born in London, the eldest child of the second Baron Redesdale. Her childhood in a large remote country house with her five sisters and brother is recounted in the early chapters of 'The Pursuit of Love' (1945). She had written four novels including 'Highland Fling' (1931) before the success of 'The Pursuit of Love', and followed it with 'Love in a Cold Climate' (1949) 'The Blessing' (1951) and 'Don't Tell Alfred' (1960). After the war she moved to Paris with her husband where she lived for the rest of her life. Nancy Mitford was awarded the CBE in 1972.
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Top Customer Reviews
In Christmas Pudding, which, despite the title, contains only a limited amount of Christmassy content, the usual array of colourful aristocratic characters converge in various settings. The younger Bright Young Things displaying their usual mix of homespun philosophy, bored affectation, and commenting on each other's love lives, and other gossip, whilst the older generation do much the same whilst also despairing about the younger generation, declining standards and the dangers of Bolsheviks.
When it's good it's wonderful. At the outset there's a character called Paul Fotheringay who is dismayed by the acclaim for his book. What he thinks is a serious work has been acclaimed as a comic masterpiece. There are other very amusing moments in the book too, and all told it is a light, easy, short and amusing book. As in Highland Fling, the book is best at bringing her various privileged characters vividly to life. At times this feels like reportage.
What I think the book lacks is any commentary or contrast. This is a hermetically sealed world where everyone is immune to the consequences of their actions, and the faceless domestic staff are there to smooth the way ahead. At least with P.G. Wodehouse the servants are given a voice, and also frequently used to highlight the idiosyncrasies (and occasionally the stupidity) of those above stairs. The story is very much told from the centre of Nancy Mitford's world.Read more ›
If it sounds like I have given too much away I honestly haven't because throughout all this there are several other strands, characters and twists to will keep the reader entertained throughout. In fact my one criticism, should I be being rather more lit-crit like, would be that occasionally there are rather too many characters and Bright Young Things (which Mitford seems to give a knowing wink to with names like Bunch, Squibby and Biggy) going on all at once which occasionally takes away from the main events.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An easy read for the bath or train or the spare room. Evocative and amusing. A light hearted and lively read.Published on 15 Feb. 2014 by Jane
The best thing about this book was the illustration on the front. Knowing it was early Mitford, I wasn't expecting much. It was disappointingly average. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2012 by Mrs. S