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