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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (318 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Mitford Narrator: Jenny Agutter Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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Eugenia Malmains is one of the richest girls in England and an ardent supporter of Captain Jack and the Union Jack shirts; Noel and Jasper are both in search of an heiress (so much easier than trying to work for the money); Poppy and Marjorie are nursing lovelorn hearts; and the beautiful bourgeois Mrs Lace is on the prowl for someone to lighten the boredom of her life. They all congregate near Eugenia's fabulous country home at Chalford, and much farce ensues. One of Nancy Mitford's earliest novels, 'Wigs on the Green' skewers her family and their beliefs with her customary jewelled barbs. But there is froth and comedy here too.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/31/2014

    " Light-hearted and period, the stringent political and social commentary is almost hard to see at times. But Nancy's gift is to slice through the pomp acutely and deliver caustic commentary with a smile and a wink. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 1/24/2014

    " This first novel by Mitford does not get the high marks I gave The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. Where TPOL and LIACC were subtle and nuanced in its humor, Wigs on the Green was like a hammer on the head .... no subtlety at all, very heavy-handed with its messages. While there were funny bits, it really wasn't WITTY, which is what I so admired about TPOL and LIACC. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/24/2014

    " This isn't one of Mitford's best, but it's still amusing. The main character is based on Mitford's sister Unity, who became enthralled with fascism and moved to Germany in the 1930s. Part satire of British fascism, part satire of British country families (there's a fantastic section on an insane asylum for British peers which has its own House of Lords), the novel doesn't quite jell in some ways. And though it's odd today to think of someone writing a humorous novel about fascism, part of Mitford's point is that if the characters had something sensible to do they wouldn't get interested in these movements out of a desire to belong somewhere and have an adventure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nina | 1/21/2014

    " so... fascists - not actually funny. who could have guessed? (everybody.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 1/13/2014

    " The most interesting thing about this book is how this satire of British fascism is an analogue to political discourse today. Eugenia's speeches about nationalism, disregard for the poor and ethnocentrism were eerily similar you things you hear today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 1/8/2014

    " Very funny references and an amusing story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/5/2014

    " Very very funny send up of the Black Shirt movement in England, pre WWII. You can sort of see the edges where Nancy Mitford had to snip out the more scathingly direct references to the leader of the Black Shirt party (and her brother-in-law), but even without those lost chapters, she still pokes holes in the hype of fascism at the time, and provides a sharply clean view of an era as it was and not as it was imagined after all of the atrocities of WWII were uncovered a few years later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/5/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as Love in a Cold Climate - the characters are not as interesting and overall it's not as funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Chura | 12/25/2013

    " If you want a romp, if you enjoy watching the 1930s Brit being silly (but oh so seriously) Nancy Mitford is your guide. The book is a spoof of Pro fascist Britons before Hitler became real to people. I did, indeed, laugh out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Johnson | 12/7/2013

    " Primer on what satire is and should be. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KOMET | 12/5/2013

    " All in all, this was a lightly entertaining story in which 2 friends of the monied class in early 1930s Britain (Noel Foster and Jasper Aspect, a glib character and shameless sponger) conspired to marry 2 wealthy heiresses while taking a break from London one summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 11/26/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyable despite some flawed and slightly implausible plot juggling to pull it together. Light farce with a dark undertone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie | 11/17/2013

    " Hmmm...I like Nancy's books but, like a number of other reviewers, I felt this one didn't work as well as others. I think I just prefer the fluffiness of romance!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 6/25/2013

    " Humor so dry you might want to keep water handy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francie Shoemaker | 6/24/2013

    " Wickedly funny. I don't get all the English jabs but still good reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/19/2012

    " Delicious satire =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allaire Younica | 9/4/2012

    " Very interesting to read the satirical commentary on Hitler, before anyone knew what a monster he was Nancy got it right, without meaning to! The story itself was a bit of a slog to get through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Marshall | 8/21/2012

    " After having thoroughly enjoyed 4 of Mitford's novels, I abandoned this one at page 40 .... her signature banter and wit just didn't work for me with two of the main characters, two bachelors intent of securing a marriage of convenience. Perhaps I'll come back to it again ..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn Estepp | 3/30/2012

    " A lesser Mitford is still pretty darn good stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JC | 9/25/2011

    " I usually love a bit of Nancy Mitford but I found it very difficult to get into this particular novella. Of course it was very witty and amusing but it didn't utterly captivate me the way that I am accustomed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chloe | 7/13/2011

    " Definitely not one of Mitford's best, and wow - written before the First World War, it's pro-Nazi characters are something else. Definitely one for die-hard Mitford fans, still gloriously witty despite its flaws and obvious jibes at her brother-in-law. What a way to air your dirty laundry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 6/8/2011

    " Very good - Nancy Mitford at her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 3/15/2011

    " An early Mitford book; slight, but funny and charming as it satirizes upper-class existence in pre-WWII England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 12/14/2010

    " A lesser Mitford is still pretty darn good stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 11/29/2010

    " Very very slight and bad Mitford -- not even very biting about Fascism -- much more a failed Wooster and Jeeves type romantic comedy. not a very funny one at that! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 11/7/2010

    " Humor so dry you might want to keep water handy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 8/24/2010

    " Primer on what satire is and should be. Loved it! "

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