review Ç E-book, or Kindle E-pub × Isabel ColegateI saw the film of this book many years ago Well when I say I saw #the film I did not see the beginning or the middle and probably not the #film I did not see the beginning or the middle and probably not the of it either but I definitely saw a chunk between the middle and the endNaturally then it struck me that the book is very cinematic the omniscient narrator moves like a camera operator editing as she goes from character to character the grandees and the servants at the Oxfordshire home of Sir Randolph Nettlesby for a shooting weekend in the autumn of 1913We are warned at the very beginning that It caused a mild scandal at the time but in most people s memories it was uite outshone by what succeeded it p1 Autumn 1913 is followed by Summer 1914 The itualised slaughter of gamebirds and a few other creatures "who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time " find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time the book is a not very subtle foreshadowing of the slaughter on the western front during WWI but then again that was not exactly a subtle event itself Birds bred and eared in order to be driven out of the copses and woods towards a line of waiting guns each sportsman supported by two servants to load his guns to maintain his maximum ate of fire suggest the generation of men bred and eared to be driven out of homes and workplaces towards organised and mechanised slaughter though their chances of survival were better than those of the pheasants and woodcocks in this storyThe story is not just about shooting birds though it is something of a portrait of a section of society glamorous women who are mostly having affairs not so much because their marriages don t satisfy their needs but because it is the socially acceptable thing for them to do sporting and no less adulterous husbands who may be taking their sports a little too seriously their servants The storm clouds they see gathering are Lloyd George and civil war in Ireland though one at least looks forward to a potential European war with longing viewing it only as a means to demonstrate his virility and passion these are people leading impressively self indulgent lives which unsurprisingly leave them Ola Shakes It Up rather unsatisfiedIt is a impressively elegant and evocative little tale just 181 pages in this edition the final twenty or so pages tell us what happens to most of the characters after the events of this weekendOn the downside Colgate is in a hurry and can be a tell don t show writer a brisk example of this deals with Lord Hartlip s servant Albert Jarvis A good shot himself Albert It is 1913 just prior to England's entry into World War I and Edwardian England is about to vanish into history A gro. Respect for Lord Hartlip s skill was unbounded he looked on him or less as his personal champion A bachelor living in lodgings and seldom visiting his family working long hours for low wages his sense of identification with his employer with whom his function as loader put him at certain times of the year and unlike other under keepers was in many ways his essence it was as if Lord Hartlip did his living for him pp96 97 If you like these dense info dumps and the pre WWI setting then I can stronglyecommend the Children s Book to you Personally I think Byatt s book is too much while Colgate is Goldilocks she can be unsubtle but in a short book I can accept that she wanted to stuff in the detail Though I feel too it shows a lack of confidence in the eader my sense was that the servants as a whole and not just Jarvis were living vicariously through their espective Masters and Mistresses and come to that not only the servants but also most of the villagers view spoiler and perhaps you might go wider than that and start to think of phrases like false consciousness too and not just about Britain in 1913 either hide spoiler Already
AN ADEUATE SYNOPSIS ON OFFER FORadeuate synopsis on offer for story This should have been a short novel but it was uite a dense and thoughtful ead Wonderful characterisation and atmosphere a way of life that is lost forever All the characters both the primary and secondary #Are Strongly Depicted But #strongly depicted but s was the culture and values of a bygone era that was the standout Came across this on the Boxall 1001 list Well worth the ead I ead this book many years ago when I was uite young and still believed in fairy tale true love We humans love to tell stories and believe them for all sorts of easons SPOILER ALERT The hero and heroine will never marry and form a family unit however the ALERT The hero and heroine will never marry and form a family unit however the s husband is silently aware of their lifelong liaison and even approves the hero s bloodlines This is an acceptable form of behaviour in their set This book severely challenged by youthful illusions but I came to Lightfoot the Historian: The Nature and Role of History in the Life and Thought of J.B. Lightfoot (1828-1884) as Churchman and Scholar realize years and years later that we get out of life if we stop wishing for fairy tale endings stop living a magazine lifestyle and just stay in touch witheality and with the admittedly mundane aspects of every day life Monogamy as practiced by birds and other species that mate for life serves a purpose the continuation of the species Ironically for some birds not all of the eggs if any belong to the male who is helping to keep the nest intact. Up of men and women gather at Sir Randolph Nettleby's estate for a shooting party Opulent adulterous moving assuredly.
And aise the young Cowbirds "ARE FAMOUS FOR LAYING THEIR EGGS " famous for laying their eggs other species nests So while I still love to ead a heart warming novel with a dash of omance it is a good practice to stay grounded in Dahmer Detective: The Interrogation and Investigation That Shocked The World reality Theealistically drawn flawed characters in The Shooting Party ightly or wrongly make the best of the cards they were dealt are we any happier as humans now that we have so much choice and freedom egarding who we choose as our mates Aren t most of us still trying to conform to a cookie cutter life doing what is expected of us A very good ead and one that will stay with you for so many different easonsThe 1985 movie adaptation starring James Mason #was EXCELLENT Touted as the book that inspired Downton Abbey in an #EXCELLENT Touted as the book that inspired Downton Abbey in an and annoying sticker that I can t peel off of my book without a mess I m surprised I m not seeing people The Scruffy Drunk: The Wife in Space, Volume 2 reading this book Iteally does ead like a BBC drama for anyone looking to get a dose of a British country house in Edwardian England get a dose of a British country house in Edwardian England story evolves around one weekend when a shooting party is held on the Oxfordshire estate of Sir Randolph Nettleby There are affairs to be considered when doing the seating plans and Deathless rivalries to deal with on the shoot Colgate s worldeveals what was wonderful and idiculous in society in this era Here is a conversation that I particularly enjoyedOnce she said to him Supposing there are some other people somewhere people we don t knowHe had looked at her seriously What sort of peoplePerfectly charming people Really delightful intelligent amusing civilizedand we don t know them and nobody we know knows then And they don t know us and they don t know anyone we knowBob had thought for a moment and then he had said It s simply impossible But if it were not impossible then I don t think I should want to know such people I don t think I should have anything in common with themDefinitely a book to add to your Edwardian TBR list I struggled to get through this book and it is less than 200 pages To me eading it is like standing in pointed toe shoes in a long eception line of people you barely meet but feel you must emember their name as they will pop up againI neither could The Third Lynx (Quadrail, relate nor befriend any of these characters Really shouldn t there be at least one likeable character per novel Iealize it was suppose to paint a picture of the time period but wasn t it plotless dry darn near constipating My biggest Mixed Doubles regret SPOILERis that only one of these people got shot at long long last. Through theituals of eating and slaughter they are a dazzlingly obtuse and brilliantly decorative finale of an era.