High Rising

In Angela Thirkell s first Barsetshire novel, she sets the plot pattern which will be played out in most of her later books She also introduces us to specific characters as well as types who will appear and reappear in changing relationships as the years go by There is the middle aged woman centrally involved in the events and activities around her here, Laura MorlandIn Angela Thirkell s first Barsetshire novel, she sets the plot pattern which will be played out in most of her later books She also introduces us to specific characters as well as types who will appear and reappear in changing relationships as the years go by There is the middle aged woman centrally involved in the events and activities around her here, Laura Morland, a happily widowed author of very successful good bad books Thirkell herself A disappointed suitor and or a brief, ill conceived infatuation of younger man with older woman There are at least two romances to work out, an older couple and a younger one with mild crises along the way A closing of ranks among the women vs the Incubus resolves both affairs to the satisfaction of all Especially delightful are the children, servants and other retainers well defined characters in their own right from motor mouthed young Tony Morland and his model railways to housekeeper, Stoker, and her grapevine among the servants of the neighbourhood.
High Rising In Angela Thirkell s first Barsetshire novel she sets the plot pattern which will be played out in most of her later books She also introduces us to specific characters as well as types who will appe

  • Title: High Rising
  • Author: Angela Thirkell
  • ISBN: 9781559213059
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Well-written, mildly amusing novel of small-town, upper-middle-class English people having interactions and conversations. Dull romances and petty rivalries. Could have used more plot and less boys talking about trains. I'll most likely read another of her books sooner or later.This edition has quite a lot of typos, of the sort that are almost certainly the fault of careless production -- missing punctuation, accidental unneeded paragraph spacing, that sort of thing.

    2. I have had a selection of Angela Thirkell’s books on my shelves for a few years now, but I have been reluctant to read them. Because I knew that they were part of a series, albeit loosely linked, that it seemed would be difficult to collect in its entirety. Because I haven’t read Trollope’s Chronicles of Barchester – despite making a few attempts on the first book in the series – and I know that Angela Thirkell borrowed Trollope’s setting, and there are links and references for lover [...]

    3. Oh, how odious! The pompously verbose but good-hearted author George Knox has hired a loathsome new secretary who seems determined to manipulate him into marriage. This causes no end of trouble, irritating his good friend and fellow author Laura Morland. The lovely but quite happily widowed Mrs. Morland tries to set things right, but she’s often distracted by her energetic train-obsessed youngest son or her lovestruck publisher or the tribulations and/or celebrations of one of her fellow resid [...]

    4. This was a flat-out delight with a few very mild drawbacks.I enjoyed the setting immensely and the characters were a delight (with one exception, but not for the reason you'd think). Laura, the chief viewpoint character, is funny and kind but with a biting wit when she wants one. Her friends in their small community are good companions in every way that matters and it took no time at all to become wrapped up in their lives and concerns.Which is good because the novel is firmly ensconced in a pre [...]

    5. A wonderful comedy.Like most healthy men he thought that any illness was death.So he dismissed her from his mind, where indeed she had never held any very prominent placeA language and humor of Thirkell is simply splendid. It is a great example of an intelligent comedy. Marvellous characters which reader meets in one period of their life. There is a little romance but for me the novel is built of two things:1. perfectly chosen and described characters2. parts with child's point of view.I love To [...]

    6. Social comedy at its most entertaining, in that most ‘charmed’ period of hindsight: twentieth century British upper-middle class rural England between the Wars. Mr Knox employs Miss Grey as his secretary; socially a difficult position for her, provoking any amount of razor-sharp questioning requiring serious deliberation. Unconnected to that, Laura Morland’s young son Tony, a caricature of a boy if ever there was one, writes a highly amusing Valentine to his mother. Exploring off-piste elu [...]

    7. 2.5 starsLaura Morland is a harried woman. Not only is she mother to Tony, an indefatigable, talkative, train-obsessed child, she writes silly best-selling novels to support her family. With the older boys grown and Tony in school, Laura is looking forward to finishing her next book. She enjoys a friendly relationship with her publisher Adrian Coates, and he pays her well enough to have a holiday home in the village of High Rising in Barsetshire, England. One of her neighbors, George Knox, is al [...]

    8. This novel then marked the end of my reading for 2012. It is a joyously frothy cosy comedy – which I just adored. Angela Thirkell famously took the county of Barsetshire created by Anthony Trollope in the nineteenth century, setting a series of something like thirty novels there. Virago Press have re-issued the first two with such pretty covers, and I am thankful to also have the next one Wild Strawberries TBR. However I believe that the books are quite able to be read as stand alones – or i [...]

    9. I had a hard time slogging through this book. I don't know if I'm just getting past my love affair with the cozy British novel or what, but I couldn't find a thing to like about any of the characters in this book. And the constant negative references to Jews, as well as a couple random comments about "Indians" and South Americans, wore on me. I read a lot of fiction from the late 19th and early 20th century, so I know racism was common and I generally roll my eyes inwardly and move on, but Thirk [...]

    10. "High Rising" is a humorous novel set in an English country village between the two world wars. The main character is the writer Laura Morland who is probably based on the author herself. Laura is a likable widow who writes mysteries, which she calls "good bad books", to support her sons. Her three oldest sons have left home, but young Tony is home from boarding school for the holidays. He's a model train enthusiast who never stops talking.A small group of friends are involved in each others' li [...]

    11. This book was so funny. It was so delightful.It should have gotten 5 stars.But there are ethnic slurs peppered through it. What? The slurs are not funny. The slurs are not delightful. The slurs do NOT make sense. The slurs are fairly mild, but why are they there?Normally, I am against overly sensitive, overly censorious modern re-editing of classics. My take on it is that we ought to know the truth about how people lived back then. Their thoughts and attitudes are an important record of the past [...]

    12. So funny and lighthearted! I loved the characters and dialogue. At times I felt a little lost, though, like I couldn't make the mental jumps as quickly as the author expected me to, and I would have to go back and re-read. But overall a lovely read.

    13. 3.5How often are you attracted, or repulsed, by a book cover? Quite a lot as it happens when you don't know the author. The art style and colours of this one just called to me. I hadn't heard of Angela Thirkell but after reading the blurb at the back, I was interested.The story focuses on Laura Morland, a 45-year-old widow with four sons, three of which fully grown, who turned to writing novels, or "good bad books" as she says, in order to pay her boys' school fees. We follow her from London to [...]

    14. I've been reading about High Rising for quite some time on various book blogs but wasn't able to get my hands on a copy. Although I would love an older copy, the good people at Virago Modern Classics have republished High Rising and the second book in the series, Wild Strawberries, with beautiful new covers that just hit the stores. I grabbed them up in eager anticipation and was not disappointed. High Rising is everything a cozy British novel should be. Thirkell has created a small village of w [...]

    15. What could be a better way to start the new year than by discovering a wonderful author--and one who was apparently delightfully prolific. High Rising has all the essential ingredients for a perfect cozy English Village tale: a charming heroine, a splendid cast of characters, witty dialog, a little romance, an impossibly talkative boy besotted with railways real and model, and best of all, a neurotic secretary with apparent designs on the menfolk. It is all great fun, an undemanding and easy rea [...]

    16. High Rising, the first book in the Barsetshire series by Angela Thirkell, is an extemely amusing novel, filled with charming characters, much absurdity, irony and satire, and giggly froth. Published in 1933, it tells the story of the lives and loves of a handful of people in the villages of High Rising and Low Rising from the point of view of a 40-something writer of novels about the world of couture, Laura Morland.Read the rest of my review on my blog at:maryslibrary.typepad/my_we

    17. Angela Thirkell is an acquired taste but one that is quite addictive once begun. Basically, she took the county of Barchester, created by Trollope, and peopled it with the descendants of his characters. Her books are set during the 30s and 50s, and depict English county life in a way that is alien but plausible to an American reader.It is not essential to begin with this one but it's easy to find, so why not read them in order?

    18. I enjoyed this book more and more as it progressed and I got to know the characters. I really liked Thirkell's style, lovely language and sense of hunour. A lovely era to escape into. So pleased Angela Thirkell has written one or two more !

    19. Laura Morland is a widowed mother of three who writes mediocre novels to great success. She's a tremendously likeable character, very kind and generous, a bit gossipy, with constantly messed up hair and a wonderfully refreshing independent streak. Several love affairs, a scheming neurotic secretary, and a death provide the plot, but the real pull of this book are the characters. They're terrifically charming.There are some random old-timey ethnic slurs (I particularly remember some odd and offen [...]

    20. This is just the sort of book to read for light entertainment. I love British novels, this one written in 1933 with a distinctly nostalgic feel, and heroines like Laura Morland who is intelligent and witty in her dealings with all the other interesting characters who live in the village of High Rising (as opposed to its neighbour Low Rising). The dialogue is nothing short of brilliant.

    21. 3.5 StarsI can’t quite recall where I first heard of Angela Thirkell’s cosy novels set in Anthony Trollope’s fictional county of Barsetshire, but it was somewhere on the blogosphere. Even though they sounded a little fluffier than my usual fare, comparisons with Barbara Pym piqued my interest, so I bought a couple to try. (Well, they were going cheap in one of the local charity shops.)After a false start earlier in the summer, High Rising – the first in Thirkell’s sequence of social co [...]

    22. Lovely, lovely. Dare I say: Jane Austen meets P. G. Wodehouse? Love the nineteen-thirties setting, enjoyed the phraseology - a pet peeve of mine, I seem to have read too many botched jobs of modern (dilettante) romance or YA authors trying their luck in the historical field, probably in the wake of Downton Abbey's success. This, at last, is the real thing, and full of those typically English characters we love so much. And there's a whole series to savour, hooray! Why haven't I found this sooner [...]

    23. 2.5* This had such gushing reviews that I may have had my expectations too high (and rising - ahaha). Not bad, really. A flufferoony. Nice, light reading - when you need a break from Les Miserables or War and Peace, I'd highly recommend it.

    24. *Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance, during Jazzy July to celebrate the release of Lauren Willig's The Other Daughter, including introductions by Lauren! (July 2015)Laura Moreland is off to her cottage in High Rising with her son Tony for the winter holidays. Her three other boys are all grown up and flung to the far reaches of the earth after she ably raised them alone as a widowed author. In fact she ended up with quite a following for her fun and frivolous tales [...]

    25. Retro Reader heaven. If you love Jane Austen and you love old-fashioned Englishness, you can’t do much better than Angela Thirkell. And High Rising (1933) is the first in her Barsetshire series of novels (a nice huge series, so if you dive in and like it, you’ll be happy for months or years). Whenever life is too much with me, I like to retreat into Thirkell’s world, and every time I enjoy it as much as I did the first.Thirkell had the happy notion of coopting Anthony Trollope’s fictiona [...]

    26. This was a re-read for me, I'm reading all Thirkell's books Barsetshire books in order this time. I love them, just what is needed to get away from the usually awful news.

    27. So I finally read an Angella Thirkell Book. And what better place to start than the first in her Barsetshire series? It was a pleasant read: the kind of book you read with a faint smile and a gentle chuckle every so often. Laura,our heroine, "a delightfully vague widow with four sons" on her late unlamented husband:"You see my husband was nothing but an expense to me while he was alive, and naturally he is no help to me now he's dead, though, of course, less expensive She knows how to sketch a c [...]

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