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Left Hand Right Hand! Vol. 1 the Cruel Month Hardcover – 1945

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Macmillan & Co. Ltd.; Reprint edition (1945)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000ZPL57M
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 773,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is the first volume of Osbert Sitwell's memoirs, the first half of which is a consideration of his forebears, who make him what he is. These anecdotes are then followed by a glimpse into his own earliest years, finishing with a chapter recalling the painting of JS Sargent's famous portrait of the Sitwell family.
I felt some of Sitwell's narrative seemed to drift a little from the topic in hand, as he moves off to tell us about interesting writers, actors, royalty etc who don't really feature in the story: thus a trip to see a pantomime starring Dan Leno leads to an incorporated mini biography of that actor. Such facts are not uninteresting, but make this a slightly 'shapeless' work.
However he laces his writing with amusing stories, and at times quite poetic writing, that bring to life what it was like to be a child of aristocratic stock in the first years of the 20th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography of an amusing British eccentric. 29 April 2015
By Allan H. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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The Sitwells were all hothouse plants—eccentric and well-connected. Consequently they are not everyone's cup of tea and there is no seriouos reason for reading the autobiography of any of them. Unless you enjoy British eccentrics, they quickly become tiresome. Osbert, however, writes well about utterly trivial and outdated things and is constantly amusing with a pawky sense of humor.

To give an example, on page 177 we read: "I will not here, however, unleash on you the whole ancient pack of my great-aunts. Each of my grandparents possessed numerous sisters, and, drawn up four-square, they would constitute a formidable though varied regiment of old women…First came Aunt Mary, Lady Osborn, a very old lady with eyes that were still lucent and dark blue as the harebells of our native slopes, she was already tottering down the steep return to childhood."
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