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Miss Mapp: A Novel Paperback – 1 Nov 1999

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Moyer Bell Ltd ,U.S.; New Ed edition (1 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559212756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559212755
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.9 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,365,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second book in the brilliantly funny Mapp and Lucia series --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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E. F. Benson was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Miss Mapp is a splendid creation. "Stately as a galleon" she sails through Tilling, hatching plots, suspecting everyone of the basest designs and all the time smiling like a crocodile. Benson's characters are sharply observed, but there is no cruelty in his writing. Miss Mapp is formidable and somehow endearing at the same time.

The inhabitants of Tilling and their affairs become as fascinating for us as they are for Miss Mapp. However, it is Miss Mapp herself who provides the greatest entertainment as her scheming leads to one embarrassing incident after another.

This is the third novel in the series and paves the way for the meeting between Lucia Pillson and Miss Mapp in "Mapp and Lucia". These novels are gentle and enormously enjoyable. This book provides some of the most delicious comedy in the series, lifting the spirits with each reading.
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Miss Mapp lives in Tilling, a village every bit as concerned with keeping up appearances and being one step ahead of one's neighbours as Riseholme is. She observes the comings and goings of her friends and acquaintances through her opera glasses from the bay window of her perfectly positioned house and, though she is shrewd (particularly when it comes to schemes for outwitting her neighbours), she frequently misinterprets or misjudges what she sees. Incidents include beating her friend to a new dress, trying to attract the attentions of two retired officers who are far more interested in golf, and attempting to see the king as he goes through Tilling on his train while pretending complete disinterest in his visit.

Although Miss Mapp and Lucia are the same type of character engaged in the same type of activity in the same type of setting, Benson manages to make them impressively different. While Lucia is Riseholme's undisputed ruler in spite of her flaws, Miss Mapp is on a much more even footing with the residents of Tilling. Consequently, her scheming is more agressive and less good-natured because she has further to go to get ahead of people. She reminds me more of Daisy than she does Lucia. The way Benson ties together her physical appearance and her character is very well done, particularly the way he skirts round using the word `fat': "In spite of her malignant curiosity and her cancerous suspicions about all her friends, in spite, too, of her restless activities, Miss Mapp was not, as might have been expected, a lady of lean and emaciated appearance. She was tall and portly, with plump hands, a broad, benignant face and dimpled, well-nourished cheeks.
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Having encountered Miss Mapp on the TV series Mapp and Lucia, I was surprised at the vindictiveneness and malice of the original Miss Mapp. But I'm engaged enough to want read some more Mapp and Lucia. Bensons witty style is the best part of the book.
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This story takes place before the arrival of Lucia Lucas in Tilling (ie it is a prequel to Mapp and Lucia). In those days Elizabeth Mapp ruled supreme in the village and so it is a nice introduction to her and the other characters to be encountered in the later book. It also sets the scene for the battle of wills that takes place once Lucia arrives as Mapp is deposed from her throne in Mapp and Lucia. As with all these books, it is well written, lots of fun and has a wonderful cast of characters.
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This book is wonderful. The writing is superb, the characters sharply and affectionately observed - the entire thing is a joy.
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I absolutely loved this book. Many times I was laughing out loud at some of the things these characters were getting up to or saying. Such clever writing. Even though there are six books in the Mapp and Lucia series, they are stand alone and can be read in any order I think. Highly recommend it and cannot believe this is free on kindle.
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This is very much a book of it's time (the early 1920s) so might possibly seem a little dated in style, but then that is no bad thing. The work is a quiet (and ever so slightly malevolent1) satire on the lives and mores of genteel provincial society ladies, very funny in places and always entertaining as the ladies vie for power. The monstrous Miss Mapp is a sublime creation! Looking forward to meeting her again ....
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Very funny, laugh out loud book from a different era. The events that happen in the book are all small and relatively unimportant, but in the life of the village are monumental, and the author makes you interested in it all. I'm still not entirely sure whether I'm for or against Miss Mapp herself though.
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