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Smug Middle Class People Expatiate over Christmas
on 23 December 2011
Imagine a room full of self confident, braying, superficial and smartly dressed people, clutching Champagne glasses and kicking small children out of the way. These are the people whose three Christmasses we learn about in Comfort and Joy.
My oh my, what cliched middle-class nonsense.
India Knight has a fine ear for dialogue and the dinner party bust up, where everyone falls out in spectacular style, is well captured. But these people are so self absorbed and so patronising of Sam's "working class" mother Pat, I couldn't warm to any of them. A toast at the end is supposed to make us think "aahhh how lovely" but I was bristling on Pat's behalf. I particularly took issue with the asumption that the rest of the family were somehow more well evolved because they could be friends after divorces, or because they could endlessly discuss their angst with each other. Pat's family, we were told, were unable to share emotions, except to brutally fall out with each other after divorce, hurting the children in the process.
I certainly wouldn't to rub shoulders with this lot again, and confine them all to the cargo hold along with all their trunks and other excess baggage.