August Folly

The village of Worsted is staging Hippolytus under the aegis of the indefatigable Mrs Palmer Given this background, it seems inevitable that the most absurd romances should bloom, as indeed they do Thirkell s novels provide a scrutiny of British manners in the most entertaining doses.
August Folly The village of Worsted is staging Hippolytus under the aegis of the indefatigable Mrs Palmer Given this background it seems inevitable that the most absurd romances should bloom as indeed they do Th

  • Title: August Folly
  • Author: Angela Thirkell
  • ISBN: 9780786702725
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. August Folly is one of Angela Thirkell's highly entertaining Barsetshire books set in Britain during the 1930s. This one involves a collection of country families, at least 2 Jane Austen references, a summer holiday production of the Greek play Hippolytus by Euripides, and the misunderstandings of several young couples as they fall in love.

    2. What a lovely book.Wonderful characters including a donkey called Modestine and a cat who's name is Gunnar.I loved the dialogue between them.I've often wondered what animals think!I just love these books which are told with wit and charm.A bygone era of class and manners.Highly recommended!I do hope that Virago are going to re print some more of these wonderful novels.It seems I can't get enough of them.

    3. I have been meaning to try Angela Thirkell’s books for a while but only just got down to it. I am glad that this was the one I started with. I only heard of Thirkell when I looked up her brother Denis Mackail (who was Kipling’s cousin (as was she), and wrote books that Wodehouse wished he’d written). August Folly is the delightful story of not one but many people (young and not so young) falling in love (some fancying themselves in love) with each other in the backdrop of rehearsals for an [...]

    4. Summer in the Barsetshire town of Worsted is a busy time. Young Richard Tebben is home after failing his final exams at Oxford. His sister Margaret is also home for the summer after a year abroad. Their scholarly parents have little time for them and Richard likes it that way. He's horribly embarrassed by his gauche parents who ride around in a donkey cart and insist on keeping a terrible cook. Then the wealthy Dean family arrives to spend the summer with the Palmers, her brother and sister-in-l [...]

    5. I love Angela Thirkell world. This cozy British atmosphere. Witty and charming.I really admire British writers that they are able to create such critical study of society (nation) in such way. Not with pathos and drama but in a funny, enjoyable way (but also not stupid, simple). This is exactly why I am Anglophile.One of the strongest points of the book were characters, generally likeable but not perfect, everyone had some own problems, scars.I would have liked to have more of romance in Thirkel [...]

    6. Wanda McCadden did a wonderful narration of this early entry in Angela Thirkell's Barsetshire series! The eccentric characters, especially Mrs. Tebbens, amuse me hugely and I found that knowing the plot from my previous reading didn't detract from my enjoyment. Great light-hearted summer book!By the way, this book works well as a stand-alone novel. However, having now read the whole series, I did notice passing references to characters from the other books that I missed the first time around whi [...]

    7. This book is adorable. It would be easy for characters in this type of comic novel to be caricatures, but Thirkell never falls into that trap; her characters have dark sides as well as surface sillinesses. Like Jane Austen she has a waspish humour which is well deployed in this book, particularly on the male characters ("Mr Fanshawe, who like most of his sex would enthusiastically neglect any woman, however charming, to talk to any man, however dull" is worthy of Austen herself). Yet you can fee [...]

    8. There is nothing quite so nice as reading an entire book, cover to cover, in a single rainy Saturday.And Angela Thirkell is, apparently, an excellent choice for this: light without being trashy. She has an eagle eye for her characters' flaws, but she also treats them with great empathy, and seems to wish them well. Her novels will never be big books, but they are well worth reading, and I will be saving the rest of the library's stock as a treat for future rainy Saturdays.

    9. Having just finished several fairly dark "reads" in a row, I needed some fluffy sweet literary sorbet to clear my palate for the next serious volume on my shelf. I was pretty sure that Angela Thirkell would provide exactly what I needed, and she did. Her characters concentrate on minutia, and things usually work out happily. Some of her books end with three suitable couples becoming engaged, some with only two. Adorable.Of her books, I truly love "Pomfret Towers" (which soothes my soul because t [...]

    10. The story was light and frothy, with some shining moments. There were some cute scenes, often involving Modestine the donkey. Unfortunately I just could not buy into the story line of a 19 year old student being infatuated with a 51 year old woman with 9 (!!) children, some several years older than himself, no matter how beautiful she was. Another romance between a young woman and a man twice her age was similarly not very appealing. Also, all of the younger adults seemed remarkably childish. I [...]

    11. In August Folly, the fourth of Thirkell’s Barsetshire novels, the reader finds hirself once again the world of the English gentry in the years between the two World Wars. It is tempting to categorize this as light-weight book with two main functions: to entertain and the second to sketch in more completely the existing characters that make up the cast of the Bartsetshire novels and to add a few more members to that cast.Those functions may have been the conscious intentions of the author howev [...]

    12. Not quite 3 starsThis book is number 4 in the Barsetshire series. I read it right after I finished reading the 1st book in the series 'High Rising'. Both books stand completely on their own, and do not need to be read in any particular order.I did not like this one as much as 'High Rising'. There were too many characters introduced in Chapter 1 (I lost count after the 24th one) and there was way too much discussion of cricket (which I did not understand in the least). There were also several lit [...]

    13. This would have been a three star if it were not for the last thirty pages which were absolutely wonderful!This is one of the earlier novels in Thirkell's lovely Barsetshire series, and the fourth one that I have read. Although this was probably my least favourite of the ones I've read so far, it was still very enjoyable with the expected witty writing and the joyous, funny characters that Thirkell creates so brilliantly.My favourite parts of this particular novel were the Dean family, who were [...]

    14. Charming story of 2 families and the neighborhood of their summer retreat. Spoiled Richard, who did badly at Oxford in spite of his intellectual parents. His sister, dutiful, neglected Margaret who has grown up nicely in other people's homes. Beautiful, universally loved Mrs. Dean, and her nine children. The local J.P.'s wife, so determined to produce Greek plays that she ropes her neighbors into acting. An individualistic, 20-year-old donkey and his feline friend. Out of a bubbling brew of pers [...]

    15. I discovered Angela Thirkell completely by accident. Thrashing around the library looking for something to listen to while running, I chanced across August Folly in a playaway edition. What a treat! The characters engaged me immediately and I had to get the book because listening to it wasn't fast enough--I couldn't wait to see how this comedy of manners played out. I felt like I was reading a collaboration between Jane Austen and Miss Read. Charming romance, wonderful humor, memorable character [...]

    16. The story of a summer in the village of Worsted, on the outskirts of Winter Overcotes and not far from Winter Underclose Primarily the story of the family Tebbens -- father (scholarly and downtrodden), mother (scholarly but domestically a disaster), son (college-aged, ashamed of his family), and daughter (generally overlooked by the rest of the family).

    17. Not quite as riveting as "Summer Half", but still a very enjoyable read. There's romance, calf love, precocious children, misunderstandings, fussy middle-aged ladies (really, some of them seem quite familiar ), all the trimmings - and a happy ending for all. Liked it a lot.

    18. Takes a while to get used to the characters and to find out that they're generally likeable, because most of them have issues. Lots of people to keep track of. Wasn't sure how much I was enjoying it at least a third of the way through, but it ended well.

    19. I didn't like this as well as I have the first 2 AT books I have read. It was way too similar in terms of character and plot. This is the 3rd book that a callow rather silly young man has fallen for a much older woman. Only in this one the young man was pretty unpleasant. There were really not any lovable characters in this one, in my view, to rescue the not very interesting bones that the plot is hung on. It resulted in losing my attention from time to time while listening. **2.5** stars.

    20. Richard Tebbin is home from Oxford. Seemingly spoiled and shrugging off his parents’ delight at seeing him once again, he does seem to me to be too focused on himself and his own concerns. Can one summer change him?“Richard strode off up the hill alone, angry and mortified because the irritation which his parents always produced in him had for the thousandth time got the upper hand. He had promised himself again and again this term that next time he would make allowances, treat them with tol [...]

    21. This book is a perfect example of the type of novel that is described as "twee". It's sweet, non-violent, full of small-town drama, and entirely asexual. In fact, if Stars Hollow (of Gilmore Girls fame) was transported back in time to the 1930's, and moved across the Pond and 60 miles west of London, it would be Worsted village, the setting of AUGUST FOLLY. The relationships between the residents of Worsted are the main focus of the story, and in particular the preparations surrounding the annua [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. This was my first Angela Thirkell novel and I really enjoyed it and look forward to digging out more of her books at my local used book store. As I am currently (and slowly!) working my way through Anthony Trollope's Barsetshire novels, I love the idea that Thirkell is picking up the same mythical Barsetshire places, families and even the gentle humor and social satire of Trollope. I agree with other reviewers that although she's in the category of Austen or Trollope for social comedy she's not [...]

    24. In this book we meet the Dean family. It is a large family and many of them will appear in later novels. The girls make really good wives for minor characters. Here, Mrs. Dean is lovely middle-aged woman (her children are young adults, so she is certainly over 45). A young man worships her from afar. She is flattered, but not interested. I think this must have been one of Mrs. Thirkell's experiences or wishes. The Older woman/younger man occurs often in the novels. Susan Dean is a young woman wh [...]

    25. This is Angela Thirkell at her usual, but it is not one of my favorites. Again,a few of the characters are not as likable as in other books. I find Mrs. Tebben annoying to the reader as well as to her family. She is barely saved by a certain amount of pathos that makes her a little more understandable (but not much less annoying!) Her son is a selfish, oafish boy who tries hard but never quite manages to get anything right. Mrs. Palmer is more civilized but also somewhat annoying. The Tebben fam [...]

    26. 4th in Barsetshire series. A bit slow getting started. Richard Tebben, 19, has failed his first year university. Wondering what he should do wit his life, he comes home to Worsted for the summer where he falls in love with an older woman. Mr Dean is almost 50, the mother of nine children, five of whom are older than Richard. She finds Richard sweet but boring and continually sends him out to play with her younger children. Richard isn't the only one in love that summer. As tyrannical Mrs Palmer, [...]

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