Stories From An English Village

Book - 2009
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A Frenchman once pointed out to Louis de Bernières that Britain was the most exotic country in Europe, adding that it was 'an immense lunatic asylum'. Casting his mind back to the village in southern Surrey where he grew up in the sixties and seventies, but plagued by a novelist's inability to stick to the truth, Louis de Bernières brings us in Notwithstanding stories of a vanished England which will delight readers of his much-loved novels.

The English village was a place where a lady might dress as a man in plus fours and spend her time shooting squirrels with a twelve bore, or keep a vast menagerie in her house. A retired general might give up wearing clothes, a spiritualist might live in a cottage with her sister and the ghost of her husband, and people might think it quite natural to confide in a spider that lives in a potting shed.

De Bernières' characters roam through the book, appearing in each other's stories and painting a picture of an entire community. Here we find the atmosphere of those times as it was in the countryside. Notwithstanding is not about an imagined idyll; it is about people who are worth remembering, whose lives are worth celebrating, and who would otherwise have been forgotten.

Publisher: London : Harvill Secker, c2009
ISBN: 9781846553318
Branch Call Number: DEBERNI
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 23 cm


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Jan 01, 2017

this book deals with more death than life

Jul 13, 2015

A well written book, with lovely language and a subtle sense of humour. Excellent portrayal of village life, with some of de Bernieres magic realism thrown in. Less violence than some of his other books.

Jan 24, 2011

Very enjoyable, and superbly written. Captures the peculiar nature of English village life perfectly.

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