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The Shooting Party It isjust prior to England s entry into World War I and Edwardian England is about to vanish into history A group of men and women gather at Sir Randolph Nettleby s estate for a shooting party Opulent, adulterous, moving assuredly through the rituals of eating and slaughter, they are a dazzlingly obtuse and brilliantly decorative finale of an era I enjoyed this very much I had to keep putting it down and picking it up later, life intervened , but feel it would be better to read it in one or two sittings It had a vast number of characters and you had to concentrate to keep track of them The story ambles along, like a river in Summer, meandering on it s way to the sea not caring or even aware of what s going on around it Self importance is the order of the day It is a character driven story, the end of an era that was not yet realise I enjoyed this very much I had to keep putting it down and picking it up later, life intervened , but feel it would be better to read it in one or two sittings It had a vast number of characters and you had to concentrate to keep track of them The story ambles along, like a river in Summer, meandering on it s way to the sea not caring or even aware of what s going on around it Self importance is the order of the day It is a character driven story, the end of an era that was not yet realised or known The complacency and smugness of these people is incredible There s a great Introduction by Julian Fellowes at the beginning I suggest you read the book first and then the introduction as I did because it does give away secrets 2.5Is 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 England2.5Is 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 squire and the vicar and the schoolmaster and the jolly 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 bookthan I did, I really should.Isabel Colegate created 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 Already an adequate synopsis on offer for the story This should have been a short novel but it was quite 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 read this book many years ago, when I was quite 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 rea I read this book many years ago, when I was quite 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 getout of life if we stop wishing for fairy tale endings, stop living a magazine lifestyle, and just 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 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 reasons The 1985 movie adaptation, starring James Mason, was EXCELLENT

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