2011:  37. Snobs

“I do not know exactly how Edith Lavery came first to be taken up by Isabel Easton.”

Snobs, Julian Fellows

         I loved this book.  I saw an online review that referred to it as “as delicious as fizzy lemonade,” and I think that’s a great simile, because this is just a fizzy little book.  It’s the story of a middle class girl, Edith Lavery, who makes her way into the heights of upper class Britain, by marrying a very important lord.  It’s an anthropological guide to the British class system, that manages to explain why it is very important to those who care about it, while still understanding that, really, it’s not that important at all.  Fellows gives you a peek into a world that you’d never get to enter, and still manages to tell a cracking good story - and doesn’t lose his sense of the ridiculousness of it all.  And its a funny and cracking read, and as soon as I was done I bought his next book.

         Of course, it’s no surprise I should love it - Fellows wrote Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, two of my favorites, and he obviously knows this English class stuff backwards and forwards and knows how to create cracking good characters too (ooooh, that Lady Mary - Downton  cannot get back soon enough), but, as I say, what I loved about it was how he both ridiculed and celebrated this world.  I mean, as a good old fashioned American I think the whole thing is repulsive, but damn if it isn’t fun to read about.

Categories:  Fiction

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