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The Shooting Party

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S held on the Oxfordshire estate of Sir Randolph Nettleby There are affairs to be considered when doing the seating plans and rivalries to deal with on the shoot Colgate s world reveals what was wonderful and ridiculous in
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in this Here is a conversation that I particularly enjoyedOnce she said to him Supposing there are some other people somewhere people we don t knowHe had looked at her seriously What sort of peoplePerfectly charming people Really delightful intelligent amusing civilizedand we don t know them and nobody we know knows then And they don t know us and they don t know anyone we knowBob had thought for a moment and then he had said It s simply impossible But if it were not impossible then I don t think I should want to know such people I don t think I should have anything in common with themDefinitely a book to add to your Edwardian TBR list I read this book many years ago when I was uite young and still believed in fairy tale true love We humans love to tell stories and believe them for all sorts of reasons SPOILER ALERT The hero and heroine will never marry and form a family unit however the heroine s husband is silently aware of their lifelong liaison and even approves the hero s bloodlines This is an acceptable form of behaviour in their set This book severely challenged by youthful illusions but I came to realize years and years later that we get out of life if we stop wishing for fairy tale endings stop living a magazine lifestyle and ust stay in touch with reality and with the admittedly mundane aspects of every day life Monogamy as practiced by birds and other species that mate for life serves a *Purpose The Continuation Of *the continuation of species Ironically for some birds not all of the eggs if any belong to the male who is helping to keep the nest intact and raise the young Cowbirds are famous for laying their eggs in other species nests So while I still love to read a heart warming novel with a dash of romance it is a good practice to stay grounded in reality The realistically drawn flawed characters in The Shooting Party rightly or wrongly make the best of the cards they were dealt are we any happier as humans now that we have so much choice and freedom regarding who we choose as our mates Aren t most of us still trying to conform to a cookie cutter life doing what is expected of us A very good read and one that will stay with you for so many different reasonsThe 1985 movie adaptation starring James Mason was EXCELLENT Already an adeuate synopsis on offer for the story This should have been a short novel but it was uite a dense and thoughtful read Wonderful characterisation and atmosphere a way of life that is lost forever All the characters both the primary and secondary are strongly depicted but it s was the culture and values of a bygone era that was the standout Came across this on the Boxall 1001 list Well worth the read I saw the film of this book many years ago Well when I say I saw the film I did not see the beginning or the middle and probably not the end of it either but I definitely saw a chunk between the middle and the endNaturally then it struck me that the bo. Through the rituals of eating and slaughter they are a dazzlingly obtuse and brilliantly decorative finale of an era. .
Inating things from angles you d rather not see Best Of All It S Short And Made Me Laugh Out all it s short and made me laugh out even though it s serious than humorous 25 Is it really so bad asked Olivia The countryside looks so beautiful and the people so happy They re having a hard time We hear a lot these days about factory workers and conditions in slums No one bothers about rural poverty we deal with it locally of course as best we can but when there s no money in land there s no money for charity No one cares about country people All the attention goes to the towns I should have thought that every English person s deepest idea of England was of the country Doesn t England mean a village green and smoke rising from cottage chimneys #and the rooks cawing in the elms and the suire and #the rooks cawing in the elms and the suire and vicar and the schoolmaster and the olly villagers and their rosy cheeked children It has not existed for many years now It must exist How could we all believe in it so if it didn t exist Exactly We believe in it That is why the idea is such a powerful one It *is a myth Oh I should have liked this book than I did I really shouldIsabel Colegate *a myth Oh I should have liked this book than I did I really shouldIsabel Colegate a little gem of Edwardiana here It s historical fiction but doesn t read like it Stylistically The Shooting Party was fantastic What turned me off was that the book is very short but tries to address so many aspects of the dying days of the world of Britain before the Great War that I thought it was all a bit crammed When it wasn t trying to convince me that a house party would cover so many topics of conversation while also spending a lot of time changing clothes and getting to know each other and conducting private affairs I was fairly bored every time we got to the actual shooting And apart from one character who haunts this book I never got the feeling of ever getting to know the people who are coming together at this house party Maybe this would have worked better if the book had been longer Or maybe this was the author s intention to keep the characters at a distance from the reader But then if Colegate had intended this why give some of the characters interior lives and flesh them out I really don t know All I know is that I felt anxious about one character for the entire read the duck I struggled to get through this book and it is less than 200 pages To me reading it is like standing in pointed toe shoes in a long reception line of people you barely meet but feel you must remember their name as they will pop up againI neither could relate nor befriend any of these characters Really shouldn t there be at least one likeable character per novel I realize it was suppose to paint a picture of the time period but wasn t it plotless dry darn near constipating My biggest regret SPOILERis that only one of these people got shot at long long last Touted as the book that inspired Downton Abbey in an ugly and annoying sticker that I can t peel off of my book without a mess I m surprised I m not seeing people reading this book It really does read like a BBC drama for anyone looking to get a dose of a British country house in Edwardian England The story revolves around one weekend when a shooting party Up of men and women gather at Sir Randolph Nettleby's estate for a shooting party Opulent adulterous moving assuredly. Just before the outbreak of WW1 a group of English aristocrats gather on the countryside estate of Sir Randolph to take part in his annual hunting party What follows are urban vs rural young vs old rich vs poor tradition vs modernity dichotomies that hang over the
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like an storm that threatens to destroy everyone involved There is a singular physical tragedy here but it seems Colegate was interested in examining how social position is no bulwark against personal tragedy Being wealthy doesn t guarantee you can find love Being wealthy doesn t insulate you from petty ealousies and rivalries Being wealthy doesn t gu From BBC Radio 4 15 Minute Dramaby Isabel Colegate dramatised by DJ Britton narrated by Olivia ColmanAutumn 1913 A shooting party on an Oxfordshire I learned about this book from Second Reading Notable and Neglected Books Revisited by Jonathan Yardley a Pulitzer winning reviewer I added a dozen of those books to my shelves but have so far read only two I am somewhat amused at myself as those books are similar in that they have little plot but a lot of characterization Of these I can see why they were included for second or third readings In The Shooting Party the characterization is not ust of the people in the novel but of the time period itself 1913 the very eve of The Great War To look at it through the lens of what comes next it was such an innocent time This is a story of the landed aristocracy but those of the servant class also people this book and they too are well drawn There are a lot of characters in this short book but it isn t hard to keep them straightIt seems to have taken me many days longer to finish than it should have I kept getting interrupted asked to do things not on my usual schedule And then I didn t sleep as well at night so that my daytime reading kept getting *interrupted with a nap But this is a book filled with increasing tension building to one dramatic *with a nap But this is a book filled with increasing tension building to one dramatic Even without much plot one cannot help but know something awful is about to happen I did not know how and to whom After I finished reading I learned this was made into a film in 1985 starring James Mason I suspect it was a good one With a light deft touch Isabel Colgate explores the autumn of Edwardian England as encapsulated in a country shooting party It s the fall of 1913 and Sir Randolph Nettleby is hosting an assortment of well heeled guests at his country estate for a weekend of shooting gossip and mild intrigue There s class conflict subtle love stories a missing pet duck unforgivable egos and a wandering animal rights activist who oddly enough immediately hits it off with Sir Randolph The temptation for slapstick is as great as the temptation for one dimensional stereotypes fortunately for us Colgate has too much restraint and skill Imagine the wit and satire of Gosford Park enriched with the poignancy of a passing way of life made poignant by the shadow of the larger shooting party that was to start across Europe the next year Colgate s prose is wonderful clear clean and subtle like the particular glow of twilight that suffuses the landscape in warmth while at the same time illum. It is 1913 ust prior to England's entry into World War I and Edwardian England is about to vanish into history A gro.