- Tapa blanda: 288 páginas
- Editor: Elliott & Thompson Limited (27 de marzo de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1909653543
- ISBN-13: 978-1909653542
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Au Reservoir: A New Mapp and Lucia Novel (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 27 mar 2014
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"Fraser-Sampson's parody is excellent, especially the introduction of Noel Coward and John Gielgud to crank up the already considerable period camp to levels of near-hysteria. Forbidden sexual longing abounds: Quaint Irene the butch painter with her crush on Lucia; Olga the star soprano with her pash on Lucia's husband; Major Flint after everything in a skirt. But the main drama is the grandes dames plotting to thwart each other. Mapp and Lucia are ghastlier than ever, which makes the end surprisingly and powerfully touching." --Daily Mail
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The final part of Guy Fraser-Sampson's trilogy of sequels to E.F. Benson's hugely popular Mapp and Lucia series, Au Reservoir finds the residents of Tilling on fine form. The War has wrought great changes, and Lucia struggles to come to terms with rationing, exchange controls and, worst of all, a Labour Government. While Georgie and Olga hobnob with the stars in London, Lucia comforts herself with the thought that a title would nicely round off a life of dedicated charitable giving. 'Dame Lucia' does have a certain ring to it. However, even Lucia's best-laid plans are not guaranteed success, especially with the redoubtable Mapp poised for any opportunity to frustrate them. So determined is she finally to gain the upper hand that she even resorts to military strategy under the slightly less than expert guidance of her husband, Major Benjy. Perfect reading for followers of Benson's original novels and sure to be equally loved by P.G. Wodehouse fans, this is a pitch-perfect and deliciously enjoyable social satire of an England long gone but not forgotten.Ver Descripción del producto
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Not all that much is made of the fact that Lucia is apparently the richest woman in all England, or that Quaint Irene is now a world-famous artist, and really I did not find any of the familiar characters acting like their old familiar selves. The differences can't be laid to old age.
Read this one at your own risk, if you're a Benson fan.
Lucia now wants a title to add to her name but she has a lot of difficulties in gaining one since she has been hounding the government for years about it. The government is a lot more inclined to honor Georgie for his cooking war work. But Lucia's biggest problem is Mapp of course. Mapp is set to foil Lucia in every endeavour again. She is aided by her husband Major Benjy at every turn which always proves to instead be the fly in the ointment.
As usual, these focus on social contretemps. Thus, Lucia brings duplicate bridge to Tilling, which upsets Mapp's whole order of the universe. She also wants to show up Lucia with Noel Coward in opening a Village Fete. She is convinced they are not really friends and wants to prove it to Tilling. The lengths to which both women will go to win these skirmishes is out right battle. One gets the feeling that both of them considered the Germans a nuisance but not quite the true enemy that the other woman is at all times.
I was a bit surprised to see the story taken this much ahead in time. To picture these characters going on just as they used to but in the late 1940s, with scarcely a change other than mentioning WWII, is a bit jarring at times. They are living the exact same lives as they were with Benson in Tilling.
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This author takes it further than anyone else has done. In the concluding pages of the book, Lucia dies of an infection. Georgie and Olga go live abroad with the Wyses on one of these semi tropical islands frequented by rich Europeans. Mapp dies in a nursing home having made herself the nuisance of the place. One by one, everyone cocks up their toes so that in a very short time, there is no trace of them at all. We are by then in the second half of the 20th century and they do not belong there.
He doesn't do a bad job of ending the saga but maybe the way Benson handled the six stories was done with the best grace and tone.
The Benson books and the Holt additions are/were all of a piece.
Small, special and complete. A bit like going back and looking at old sepia toned photos
it's a world that existed then: and doesn't anymore.
In my opinion, nothing was gained in trying to extend their llives, it's life.
By "Au Reservoir" there was nothing more to add to the characters but to chew over and
replay the Tilling eccentricities.
Having said that, I admit I was quite moved by the last two chapters, on the one hand but,
on the other I think I wanted to remember the old sepia toned photos.