Peace Breaks Out

Peace Breaks Out The endearing thing about Angela Thirkell s Barsetshire is that it fundamentally never changes The surface problems in shortages and transportation created by the war still continue of course but Ba

  • Title: Peace Breaks Out
  • Author: Angela Thirkell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The endearing thing about Angela Thirkell s Barsetshire is that it fundamentally never changes The surface problems in shortages and transportation created by the war still continue, of course, but Barsetshire society has taken these in its stride and remained solidly, serenely its old unique charming self The Biship and the Vicar still take tea with the gentry, tennis pThe endearing thing about Angela Thirkell s Barsetshire is that it fundamentally never changes The surface problems in shortages and transportation created by the war still continue, of course, but Barsetshire society has taken these in its stride and remained solidly, serenely its old unique charming self The Biship and the Vicar still take tea with the gentry, tennis parties are squeezed into the land farming routine, and by ingenious jitney arrangements there are even house parties as of old For now the young men are returning from the service to their families, a little restless and let down in the sudden quiet of war s aftermath, but on the other hand eager to discuss their plans, and quick to make interesting discoveries among childhood playmates suddenly grown up There s the deceased Miss Bunting s favorite pupil, the sophisticated, irresistible charming older son of the adorable and wacky Lady Emily of Holdings Two pretty innocents fall under his spell and make things mildly unhappy for their swains until a dashing creature appears from Paris from book jacket

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    1. I am reading Thirkell's Barsetshire books in order as much as possible (as I do most series), but in this case it is especially helpful as her ever-expanding cast of characters grow up, marry each other, grow old and die off and it helps keep everyone straight if you read chronologically. Also, and equally as important to me as a long-time fan, the tone changes and darkens from the almost farcical, rompish earlier books written in the golden era of the 20's and 30's (not golden for everyone, of [...]

    2. Catching up with the Leslies of Rushwater David Leslie, spoiled, cynical and always charming has gotten away with a lot. Now approaching middle age and faced with nothing to do in peacetime, he's thinking of settling down at last! But who would marry him or more precisely, who could he marry? With Martin and his cousin Emmy successfully running Rushwater, David is at a loss. He loves Rushwater but there's no place for him there. Could he marry the little Anne Fielding? She's a sweet schoolgirl b [...]

    3. Angela Thirkell wrote novels set in Anthony Trollope’s fictional Barsetshire, but set ~100 years on, i.e. in her own time, and populated with descendants of Trollope’s characters. The obvious question is “why?”.It is set just as WW2 is about to end. After six years of war, people are anxious about the upheaval and uncertainty peace will bring, exacerbated by their awareness that social norms are already beginning to change, so that they are no longer quite confident as to how to behave o [...]

    4. David Leslie earned no one's respect in WILD STRAWBERRIES, and now he has pulled another pair of attractive young girls into his orbit. The Leslies have as guests Anne Fielding and Silvia Halliday. David thinks both of them would be quite worth cultivating, careless of the resulting heartburning. He doesn't get his just deserts, but he does get his come-uppance.When WWII came to an end in England, the population didn't settle back with a sigh of relief. They had been not only losing their young [...]

    5. I read a slew of Angela Thirkell books about 15-20 years ago. As escapist literature, they are great! Thirkell is Anthony Trollope's granddaughter who continued the story of Barsetshire made famous in grandpere's books. They are set between the two World Wars.Delightful, fluffy, endearing.

    6. Great novel about England as WWII ends. Charming author. It is at Woodland Public library - first checked out in the 40s

    7. Set between May and August 1945, this is a novel where the end of the Second World War is a mere backdrop to the really important questions of life: when will the Jersey cow calve? What is the latest gossip in the perpetual feud between the Deanery and the Palace in Barchester? Will David Leslie ever stop flirting, and when will Anne Fielding ever feel really and truly grown up?In one way, of course Thirkell's undercurrent of what at its best is mere stupid snobbishness about 'breeding' and at i [...]

    8. Apparently Angela Thirkell was one of those Brits who liked peace even less than war. More inconvenience, more shortages, and a less competent government (in her opinion). Still, Barsetshire society manages to find enough single young men and women at loose ends and ready to get engaged at the end of the book. This time there are seven of them: four young men and three young women. Will the right people wind up with each other? We certainly hope so.Peace Breaks Out was published in 1947, the yea [...]

    9. Somewhat sad, in that it reminds one that peace (the end of the European part of WWII), for many people in England, didn't mean much except further upsets. I hope no one was really quite as despondent about peace breaking out as Ms. Thirkell's characters are here, but I can't find it in me to blame them if they were, especially not since the end of war didn't mean the end of many of the privations of war. This is still a lovely, silly, romantic book, but there's a lot of "oh, lord if peace is de [...]

    10. One of her milder stories, with romance between Martin and Sylvia (lovely but dull as they are) and Robin and Anne (sweet and pure), both almost derailed by the easily bored David, who spices things up a bit and gets his own happy ending. Read it for her rant about the results of peace, which is too long to quote here but captures the exhaustion and general exasperation of the populace at the prospect of finally being done with the war.Well, I've happily read it again (June 2012). Thirkell is ve [...]

    11. VJ Day occurs in this book, and peace is even more annoying than the war. But three couples get engaged or married. The old rector Dr. Dale, dies at the very end.

    12. Oh. Dear. Thirkell is a witty writer and many of her characters are delightful, but she is such a snob. She despises the indiscriminate way that the lower orders enjoy themselves, and is convinced that said lower orders cannot take care of themselves and only survive through the tireless work of the gentry, to whom they are happy to tug their forelocks. As a descendent of the lower orders myself I think we're managing quite well now that we have access to the education previously kept by the upp [...]

    13. One of my favorites If you like heartfelt, nostalgic and sentimental novels, you will love anything by Angela Thirkell. Each book follows the stories of a distinct cast of characters but also includes or mentions peripherally characters from her other novels. Great character development and engaging plot lines feature in every book All of her novels take place in rural villages in England just prior to, during and after WWII. You will become so fond of her characters and gain understanding of ev [...]

    14. Goes along very well with the previous book in the series, Miss Bunting. Anne Fielding, her friend Robin Dale the schoolmaster, and a few new people, like siblings George and Sylvia Halliday, along with the whole Leslie family introduced in Wild Strawberries, are all finding themselves a bit out of sorts as the end of the war draws near. After 6 years of deprivation and stress, they can hardly believe that Peace will not be as disturbing as War. But aside from all that (culminating in a little r [...]

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