Pomfret Towers

This novel centers around the weekend party that Alice Barton, a shy English girl, attends at Pomfret Towers, the magnificent seventeenth century home of Lord Pomfret Alice s mother, Mrs Barton, has decided that now is the time that timid, home centered Alice, must learn to socialize Alice, mustering all of her courage, agrees to join the gathering at the elegant TowersThis novel centers around the weekend party that Alice Barton, a shy English girl, attends at Pomfret Towers, the magnificent seventeenth century home of Lord Pomfret Alice s mother, Mrs Barton, has decided that now is the time that timid, home centered Alice, must learn to socialize Alice, mustering all of her courage, agrees to join the gathering at the elegant Towers Though painfully shy at first, Alice soon breaks out of her shell She begins to mingle with the other young guests, develops friendships, and even falls in love The story also portrays the competition between two mothers Phoebe s and Alice s , both authors Mrs Rivers comes up short.
Pomfret Towers This novel centers around the weekend party that Alice Barton a shy English girl attends at Pomfret Towers the magnificent seventeenth century home of Lord Pomfret Alice s mother Mrs Barton has d

  • Title: Pomfret Towers
  • Author: Angela Thirkell
  • ISBN: 9781559213028
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Pomfret Towers”

    1. A nice cozy way to end the year - at a house party at Pomfret Towers in the late 1930's British countryside. Thirkell's Barsetshire books are perfect for reading with a cup of tea under a comfy blanket during a snow storm.

    2. 2.75 stars?Mrs. Barton, the absentminded author of historical works and mother of two young adult children is often away from home and absorbed in her work. She keeps in close contact with her neighbor Lord Pomfret for research purposes. On a rare occasion when Lady Pomfret and Mrs. Barton are both in England, Lady Pomfret invites Mrs. Barton's Guy and Alice to a small house party at Pomfret Towers. Alice, who was sickly as a child, dreads socializing with her peers. She is happy knowing her fri [...]

    3. In Pomfret Towers we have another lovely slice of 1930’s silliness, I loved it.Unashamedly cosy alert! Angela Thirkell’s Barsetshire novels are beloved of many readers, for their humour and charm, Virago have been re-issuing them a few at a time, with these rather delicious looking covers. I now have the next three waiting for me, as I felt I needed them to look forward to.Full review: heavenali.wordpress/2014/0

    4. Pure escapism.I just love Angela Thirkell and especially this book.It is lively,witty and deliciously entertaining.Pomfret Towers is the setting for a grand house party.Whose hand will Mr Foster seek in marriage and who will win Alice's heart?

    5. What could be better than a weekend house party on the estate of an earl? Especially if the earl is a crusty old man with a kind but depressed wife, and his guests include his conceited cousin who writes romance novels for middle-aged women, her long-suffering publisher, and her two passive-aggressive children, plus several other young people in various states of being in or out of love?This is the book that got me hooked on Angela Thirkell. It contains what I think is one of the funniest paragr [...]

    6. Set in the 1930s world that vanished with World War II, Pomfret Towers takes place in the eponymous Big House owned by Lord and Lady Pomfret. The occasion is a house party, and young Alice Barton is making her social debut of sorts. Painfully shy, Alice has a dread of being despised by the servants and having to make conversation with strangers. In short order, Alice is introduced to three possible suitors: Giles Foster, heir but one to the estate; Julian Rivers, a pretentious but very good look [...]

    7. wordnerdy/2015/09I was so excited about this book that when I finished it, I immediately attempted to blog about it from my phone (I was babysitting)--of course, that didn't get much beyond the title, but that shows you how caught up I was in this charming and slightly silly story. It was written in the 1930s and it's about one of those house parties rich British people always seem to be having, but there's lots of interesting class stuff and some sly looks at the author/publishing types. There [...]

    8. While reading it, I have been watching the very dramatic and emotional (to me anyway) final season of Downton Abbey, so I feel I might be a bit unfair to this story. Three stars seem lukewarm, but I can't find a fourth one in my heart. That said, it's been quite enjoyable, well written and authentic, charming and funny. It was clear quite soon who would end up with whom, and everybody got what they deserved. Not too memorable, there are better Barsetshire stories - and worse ones, too.

    9. This has to be my favourite Angela Thirkell so far - timid Alice is persuaded to attend a weekend house party at the eponymous Pomfret Towers where the kindness of other guests helps her begin to emerge from the shyness that cripples her. The characters in this book are all delightful - or in the case of Mrs Rivers and her son, perfectly ghastly! Apparently Mrs Rivers is a cutting caricature of the author, Ann Bridges - what she'd done to offend Angela Thirkell, heaven knows! (Bookshelved)

    10. I can thank Barbara Pym for finding out about Angela Thirkell's existence. She is so funny! And, since she's not bothered by reality, she's not depressing. Reading many books like this in a row would probably be annoying, but one every now and then is great! I hope, though, I will not buy all the books in the series in the next year. One does not absolutely need to have them all. I hope.

    11. Alice Barton is shy, and when she is invited to a weekend party at Pomfret Towers, she is filled with dread and dismay!"Would people be in the green drawing-room where they had assembled last night, or in the yellow drawing-room where they had played that dreadful game after dinner, or in the library, or in one of the other rooms that she hadn't yet seen? Just then she saw Miss Merriman coming out of a door at the far end, so she went quickly back to the foot of the stairs and began walking acro [...]

    12. Who would have thought that a weekend house party at a pre-WorldWar II English mansion would be the catalyst sparking off family drama in a rollicking good way. A timid woman finds herself starting to come out of her shell when she meets a sulky spoiled man proclaiming to be an artist. A loud and overbearing author of romance novels stalks after her publisher and her daughter in turn, believing herself entitled to a higher advance to her next book and blatantly trying to orchestrate a relationsh [...]

    13. Barsetshire, the county created by Trollope, is continued by Angela Thirkell in 'Pomfret Towers' where a country house party takes place and where all the guests vie for position.'Pomfret Towers', all the action in which takes place in the house itself, is a novel of modes and manners and it sees Alice and Guy Barton, sister and brother, guests of the host and mixing with the likes of the Rivers family, the Wicklows of the country set, and Giles Foster, nephew and heir of Lord Pomfret.Foster, th [...]

    14. A delightful, light holiday read. The 1930s country house setting is reminiscent of Wodehouse, but dare I say I think Thirkell's Barsetshire books are better than Jeeves and Wooster. Wodehouse tries to make us laugh frequently as though we were watching a TV sitcom, whereas Thirkell offers comedy in the sense of light drama. It is good to laugh but better, I think, to be made to smile. Another TV comparison would be to imagine Downton Abbey without the goings on below stairs and, some might add, [...]

    15. My favorite Thirkell novel yet. I love stories of weekend parties at country houses (Gosford Park, anyone?), and this one was simply splendid. Light and funny, but also terribly clever. Such a satisfying read! (Be sure to get the Virago edition, not the one pictured here.)

    16. This particular book only available at Rochester Public Library.Several of this authors other books are available thru mcl.No ebooks for any of her books.

    17. *4.5*Reading this book was like watching my favourite romantic/screwball comedies rom the 30s. I absolutely adored this book!

    18. I have now read everything by Angela Thirkell in the "Barsetshire series" that I can find on Kindle.David Byrne and Jerry Harrison wrote this: "Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens."That's why I enjoy these novels. They are set in Heaven. My mother used them to fight off night fears for many years, and I applaud her choice. They are all about how rich ladies managed their households, children and servants, something like "Downton Abbey" but always from the rich woman's point of view. And [...]

    19. Alice Barton is terrified when she is invited to a weekend party by Lord Pomfret. If her brother and her sole friends Roddy Wicklow and his sister Sally weren't going too, Alice would have shut herself up in her studio and shivered for days at the very thought. But she finds people willing to be friendly, and has a better time than she expects. While Alice's story garners a lot of our sympathy, the stories of Sally and the heir to Pomfret, and the children of obnoxious author Mrs Rivers, have th [...]

    20. I love this author, she's one of my favorites. I love her tongue-in-cheek narration, her characters, likely and unlikely; and the time period she writes about. The stories are predictable, and happily-ever-after endings abound. I like the way all the novels follow the same families through the years. These books are easy reads, and always amusing. The physical setting is the same as Anthony Trollope's Barsetshire novels, and Thirkell utilizes some of the events in those novels as backstory, and [...]

    21. Valutazione 3,5 stelline.Deliziosamente british questo romanzo della Thirkell, autrice praticamente sconosciuta in Italia che ambienta le sue storie ricche di humor in una contea inventata da Trollope, il Barsetshire, intorno agli anni trenta.Lettura rilassante, piacevole, arguta, a tratti esilarante. L'autrice, grazie ad uno stile narrativo elegante, dipinge un quadro di vita inglese, di abitudini, di riti, di situazioni tragicomiche, di personaggi pittoreschi appartenenti ad un ceto medio-alto [...]

    22. This was the third book in Angela Thirkell's Barsetshire series that I have read. I had previously read and enjoyed High Rising and then failed to finish Wild Strawberries. This was back to the standards of High Rising. The characters may be privileged, rich and live improbable lives but it is a safe secure world. I liked the characters and enjoyed the romances. References to some High Rising characters start to enlarge the Barsetshire world.

    23. I bought this as I saw a review (silly me for trusting reviews) that is was a similar to Barbara Pym and Nancy Mitford. There is not a frustrated spinster in sight (so not Pymesque) and it has none of the wit and sparkle of Mitford. However, it is a perfectly charming example of mid 30s aspirational fiction. It's a bit like watching Nova Pilbeam act, it's another rather earnest and charming world. Enjoyable but a bit predictable.

    24. Giles Pomfret as a young man, not yet overworked. Roddy Wicklow (he never did change). Julian Rivers and Mrs. Rivers at their most ridiculously annoying. And Sally. Alice here takes center stage, which she will (as far as I know) never do again and we see her worrying about growing up in a way different from Anne, or Emmy, or any one of the other girls in Thirkell, though she is shy like them. Perhaps most like Lydia, but less heedless.

    25. I own most of the "other" Barsetshire Chronicles. I've read this one before at least once but was looking for something relaxing. Very funny and entertaining. The towns in Barsetshire are ones like Pomfret Madrigal, High Rising, Winter Overcoates, Worsted, Little Misfit.I recommend the whole series.See review at International Herald Tribune Review

    26. I didn't enjoy this as much as the other Thirkells I've read. Alice was just an annoying character; her wimpishness was already getting on my nerves after only 50 or so pages, and she hadn't grown on me by the end of the book. But other than that it has all the hallmarks of sharp social humour that make Thirkell fun to read -- I especially liked Sally, and enjoyed the battle between the noxious Mrs Rivers and the hapless Mr Johns.

    27. This is my favourite Thirkell so far. It's almost a romance novel, if romance novels took the viewpoint of an affectionate but realistic narrator who knew what idiots young people can be (for no other reason than being young). Would give my eyeteeth, whichever ones those are, to have Mrs. Rivers' books to read.

    28. Awwww, this was charming, and from the period before Thirkell began to insert diatribes about the Iron Heel of Socialism crushing the Nice People of Barsetshire and giving the local peasantry notions above their station - i.e. it has her strengths without the annoyances of the later works. (Also, no funny foreigners, also a plus.)

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