Not That Sort Of Girl Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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As always, Mary Wesley's sharply observant eye and her wickedly satirical writing, makes this novel a witty, amusing and entertaining read. The author has a wonderfully quirky view on life, especially the upper-middle-class stratum of society that her protagonists inhabit, and this novel, like her others, is filled with interesting characters leading unconventional lives. It is true that in order to really enjoy Ms Wesley's books, I would say that it is most probably better not to dissect her stories too deeply, but if you take them in the wonderful spirit with which they were written, then there is much to entertain and enjoy. Wonderful downtime reading.
Also recommended by Mary Wesley: Jumping The Queue;The Camomile Lawn;The Vacillations Of Poppy Carew;Part Of The Furniture;An Imaginative Experience and Harnessing Peacocks.
The book is an entertaining read. It reveals how emotional and sexual appetites flourished beneath the presumed mores of the mid-20th century - at least in the chosen social enclave. It is complied with an engaging directness without being explicit, and is seasoned with sufficient period detail to bring both the historical austerity and the characters' experiences to instant credibility.
If you are not familiar with The Camomile Lawn and fancy a delve into the daring live-for-today exploits of some of the World War Two middle classes, I can recommend it.
If you have read The Camomile Lawn and want to do so again, this book may save you the trouble.
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