Snobs: A Novel Hardcover – 5 Apr 2004
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Julian Fellowes is just marvellous at celebrating the subtle slights that lie beneath aristocratic conversation. Reading his novel SNOBS is a guilty pleasure, owing not just to its bouncy plot, but also to the suspicion that Mr Fellowes knows the territory well. (John Walsh HARPERS AND QUEEN)
A delicious comedy of manners on the nuances of English social life, which raises laughter and an occasional wince of recognition. (Clare Colvin DAILY MAIL)
This provocative, titillating and seductive novel.......Julian Fellowes tells this anachronistic morality tale with such wit, verve, elegance and shadenfreude that it never loses momentum. (Andrew Barrow THE SPECTATOR)
'sparklingly rompish......... the world that Fellowes describes is an unchanging one: that of the landed aristocracy, whose wish since the beginning of time (or at least, since the beginning of titles), is to mix only with their own kind.... Fellowes is a delectable guide to its absurdities. (Penny Perrick SUNDAY TIMES)
'a good, fresh, read.... Fellowes has an excellent eye for detail..... Fellowes uses a light dusting of satire to help us enjoy our own snobbery without choking on chippiness. (Mary Wakefield DAILY TELEGRAPH)
deliciously waspish satire.... SNOBS is terrific entertainment, deepened by the sad ache of truth (Lucy Beresford LITERARY REVIEW)
'The Gosford Park writer's wry look at the English class system is an entertaining dabble in Debrett's. (Andrea Henry THE MIRROR)
a delicious contemporary comedy of manners - but it's the spiky Emma Woodhouse-style asides which make SNOBS so irresistible. (John Koski YOU MAGAZINE)
Fellowes's attractive, faintly cynical voice has overtones of Trollope, Waugh and Mitford.... this deft entertaining novel.... (Philip Hoare INDEPENDENT)
'A deliciously entertaining novel.' (STAR MAGAZINE)
the author of Gosford Park has written a novel so horribly compelling that anyone attempting to read if in the lav would cause a riot on the landing. (Jane Shilling THE TIMES)
An affectionate expose from the author of GOSFORD PARK, it reveals the sensibilities of today's dwindling upper classes, and the infiltration of their ranks by the new elite - celebrity hangers-on. (REAL)
It is one of those books one imagines being sent up to Balmoral, come September, where it will be proclaimed divinely funny and quite amazingly true to life. (Catherine Bennett THE GUARDIAN)
Fellowes has a nice epigrammatic style. He conjures characters deftly, and although the story is slight, it's sufficient to make the reader want to turn the page. (Chris Paling New Humanist)
The style is langorous, elegant and measured ... this absorbing book ... the finely crafted characters ... a riveting social history ... a gripping novel by someone with effortless grasp of character and dialogue that invites comparison with Evelyn Waugh ... his fine honed abilities as a storyteller.' (Tim Lott THE EVENING STANDARD)
He is first of all, a true stylist. The prose is good, lucid and polished without painful overwriting. (Edward Pearce TRIBUNE)
Witty and enthralling contemporary comedy of manners set against the background of aristocracy, business and actors - by the Oscar winning screenplay writer of the movie 'Gosford Park'.See all Product Description
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This is all more or less narrated by a semi-aristocratic actor (clearly very much like the author) who is able to move between all worlds due to his upbringing and career. He starts the book as a friend of the young woman and a very passing acquaintance of the young man, and ends up becoming a bridge between worlds and at the latter stages, a kind of discreet go-between. It is his penetrating sardonic insights and the witty formulations thereof which lend what substance there is to this otherwise straightforward love story. Much of the novel involves the narrator spelling out the unspoken rules of the game for the reader in deliciously mocking detail.Read more ›
The satire is beautifully done - it has bite, true, but Fellowes does not fall into the tedious and common trap of either despising or glorifying the people about whom he writes. The detail is glorious and funny. Strongly recommended - and I do hope he keeps on writing!
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One of the best written stories I've read in a long time and a wonderful insight into the life of the "upper classes". Read morePublished 22 days ago by Fothergil
I enjoyed this gentle and sympathetic satire on the lives of the landed gentry and, to a lesser extent, of the acting profession. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Havard
An easy read that took me back in time. Well observed, but I think Past Imperfect had the edge on this one by Julian FellowesPublished 4 months ago by Sioux
Beautifully written. Julian Fellowes is so articulate. The only strange thing was, the story is mostly written in the first person but then swaps to being narrator in the life of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. J. Daniels
I expected it to be glamorous and exciting... but in actual fact it was rather dull, tedious, and a bit depressing.
But then, wasn't that the author's point?