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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (315 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Strachey Narrator: Miriam Margolyes Publisher: Persephone Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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How are your lectures going? asked Kitty of Joseph, a kind of desperate intentness in her voice and face. This was her style of the moment with the male sex. Very well, thank you, said Jospeh and added: We heard about the practices of the Minoan Islanders upon reaching the age of puberty at the last one. He started snapping up his cutlet.Oh really, how terribly interesting! said Kitty.Yes, very. Like to hear about them? offered Joseph. Kitty, dear child! Kitty! Kitty! Open the window a trifle at the top, will you! The air gets so terribly stuffy in here always! cried out Mrs. Thatcham very loudly.

This sardonic and beautifully written novella about a family in Forster territory was first published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press in 1932.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/18/2014

    " A nice little British book set on the day of a wedding in 1930's England. Reminded me of Mrs. Dalloway a little bit. Hilariously read by Miriam Margolyes, it certainly helped my commutes go by faster! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/5/2014

    " A peculiar little novella. Very of its time, stream of consciousness, sub-Woolfian. Very very funny, especially the brothers quarrelling about those damned socks, and the bride off her face on rum and spilling ink on her dress just before she leaves for the church. It's too short, though, and one doesn't really care for the characters very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ann | 1/30/2014

    " This short novel or novella describes a couple hours of a blustery March day in the 1920s in England. Dolly is getting married to a Civil servant and leaving immediately afterwards to take a ship to his far-away posting. The only one who seems to think this is a jolly occasion is her mother, who flutters around the house murmuring that it's such cheerful weather. Everybody else in the house is either tormenting someone else, tormenting themselves, or being tormented by relatives. The bride's younger sister is caught up in bridesmaid-dress drama. A cousin is pursuing his younger brother trying to make him change his "disreputable" socks, anticipating social disgrace if another "Rugby man" happens to attend the wedding. Various mad old aunts need to be accomodated. And who is the irriated "friend" in the parlor, who keeps wanting to see the bride? And why does the bride feel the need to slug rum as she's getting dressed in her bridal finery? The reader is given to understand that there was "something" between Joseph and Dolly the summer before. But nothing came of it and Dolly got engaged to someone else. And now both are regretting their missed chances. But the wedding must go on. I gave this book two stars because it is written in a type of stream-of-consciousness technique that I find exhausting after a while. It was very popular with the Bloomsbury set, of which Julia Strachey was a prominent member, but it feels dated today. Still, this short book offers some good insights into human psychology and is wholly unsentimental, so it's definitely worth two stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cathy | 1/27/2014

    " Enjoyable, with some sharp and insightful character studies. Rather like a play - and indeed Strachey had ambitions as a playwright. They show here. I could see this working as a staged piece. Rather strange in pacing at times, but enjoyed, fun, a relaxing read. "

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