Tag: comedy

Don Quixote, Part II: The End

Posted July 14, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 20 Comments
Don Quixote, Part II: The End

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part II (1615) Though I did not stick very well to my chapter-a-day intention, by reading in fits and starts I have finished Don Quixote. When I last checked in, I was in the middle of Part II; Don Quixote and Sancho Panza were being deceived by their aristocratic hosts, […]

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My first Jane Gardam: Bilgewater

Posted January 27, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
My first Jane Gardam: Bilgewater

Jane Gardam, Bilgewater (1976) The first book you read by a favorite author has a special quality. Even if there are other books by the same author that you realize are more worthy of recognition, the joy of discovery lends your “first” a lingering glow. Sometimes, the particular circumstances of finding the book are stamped […]

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Classics Club: Excellent Women

Posted October 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
Classics Club: Excellent Women

Barbara Pym, Excellent Women (1952) As I read Excellent Women, the best-known work by the once-neglected, now widely praised English novelist Barbara Pym, I was reminded of another acclaimed comic novel that I read not long ago: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. On the surface, Amis’s hard-drinking, buffoonish misogynist Jim Dixon may seem to have […]

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Austen in August Review: The One That Got Away

Posted August 23, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 22 Comments
Austen in August Review: The One That Got Away

Melissa Pimentel, The One That Got Away (2017) Since I’ve been trying to read more contemporary fiction, this new release looked like it had some potential, as well as being the perfect tie-in for Austen in August. Described as a modern take on Persuasion, it concerns Ruby Atlas, a successful New York advertising executive, who […]

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Margery Sharp Day: Britannia Mews

Posted January 25, 2017 by Lory in events, reviews / 16 Comments
Margery Sharp Day: Britannia Mews

Margery Sharp, Britannia Mews (1946) For the third year in a row, Jane of Beyond Eden Rock is hosting a birthday celebration in honor of the author Margery Sharp, to encourage everyone to read and enjoy her witty, entertaining novels. As Jane notes in her announcement post, for the first time in quite a while […]

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Tea and Philosophy: Diary of a Provincial Lady

Posted December 6, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
Tea and Philosophy: Diary of a Provincial Lady

E. M. Delafield, Diary of a Provincial Lady (1930) I’ve seen this book mentioned as a favorite by many, and lauded as a comic classic, and when a Folio Society edition came my way at a very reasonable price, I couldn’t resist. So I finally got to encounter the “provincial lady” and see what she […]

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Three by Betty MacDonald

Posted November 18, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 13 Comments
Three by Betty MacDonald

Betty MacDonald, The Plague and I (1948) Betty MacDonald, Anybody Can Do Anything (1950) Betty MacDonald, Onions in the Stew (1955) Since reading the biography Looking for Betty MacDonald, I’ve been eager to read MacDonald’s lesser-known autobiographical works. And with the new editions from the University of Washington Press, now I can! Originally published within […]

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The Pleasure of the Journey: Three Men in a Boat

Posted August 26, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 26 Comments
The Pleasure of the Journey: Three Men in a Boat

Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (1889) This summer, I finally read the comic classic Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. As I had found references to its characters and incidents in several other books (notably To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis), there was much that was […]

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Top Ten Funniest Books by Women

Posted July 5, 2016 by Lory in lists / 32 Comments
Top Ten Funniest Books by Women

When I was writing my review of Lucky Jim, one of the most acclaimed comic novels of all time, I looked around to see what else was included on lists of the funniest books. I found that they were heavily dominated by male writers; this one from AbeBooks, for example, was chosen by British readers […]

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Margery Sharp ebooks now available!

Posted April 12, 2016 by Lory in announcements / 5 Comments
Margery Sharp ebooks now available!

Good news for lovers of Margery Sharp’s fiction: ten of her novels are newly available as ebooks from Open Road Media! To celebrate, I’m reposting my reviews of The Nutmeg Tree and Cluny Brown, which are among the wonderful and witty titles available, and I’ll be looking forward to enjoying the others in the coming […]

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