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What Did It Mean? (Barsetshire #23)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
..".A fictional stretch of English countryside in which a large and recurring cast of characters play out-in stylish and comic comfort-the conversations.that determine the destiny of a community."The plot is set spinning when the forthright and capable Lydia Merton is asked by a deputation of distinguished ladies to chair the local committee, whose charge it is to plan ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Moyer Bell (first published January 1st 1954)
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Sep 17, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
I'm working my way through Angela Thirkell's Barsetshire novels. When I read one of her novels after a long hiatus, I remember all over again how much I enjoy her prose style: wry and ironic, not too sarcastic. Set in the English countryside, the characters are very nostalgic about the war years (WWII) and they all remember the past as being better than the current time.

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Jan 30, 2013 Oolookitty rated it it was ok
Shelves: england, 1950s
Sadly, this was not one of Thirkell's best. Most of her least desirable traits are on display here: her irritation at the post-war shift in culture that meant vastly wealthy people could no longer just sit around being vastly wealthy, her anger at the new Health Service that meant poor people could actually go to the doctor instead of hoping that the local villagers would "subscribe" so that they could have needed surgery, etc. Thirkell can be very entertaining and amusing, but this book -- in ...more
Dec 20, 2014 Jocelyn rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. Angela Thirkell shows us how Barsetshire celebrated her 1953 coronation with church services, processions, and performances -- most of which were preceded by tiresome committee meetings and rehearsals. Thirkell's narration sparkles as usual, but this book (in defiance of the author's rule that every one of her books is exactly the same) is not quite like the others. Romance takes a back seat to patriotism and the unraveling of an ...more
Feb 24, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
This book centers around Barsetshire preparations for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Lydia Merton finds herself chairman of a planning committee and Ludovic Pomfret (Lord Mellings) gets a shot of self-confidence from Aubrey Clover and Jessica Dean. Subplot concerns the relationship between Miss Pemberton, Mr. Downing, and Mrs. Turner (who reappears in this book.)
Mar 18, 2010 Cera rated it liked it
The books from the end of Thirkell's career are not what I'd call good, but I enjoy reading them in much the same way I enjoy catching up with old friends on Facebook.
Mar 20, 2012 LDuchess rated it really liked it
The Mertons (Lydia & Noel), the Pomfrets (Lord & Lady, plus Ludo), during Coronation spring, 1952.
(Moyer Bell--once belonged to Edith Jeude)
Sep 21, 2009 Barbara rated it it was amazing
The best of the Thirkells. Dry wit and spot-on observations.
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Angela Margaret Mackail was born on January 30, 1890 at 27 Young Street, Kensington Square, London. Her grandfather was Sir Edward Burne-Jones the pre-Raphaelite painter and partner in the design firm of Morris and Company for whom he designed many stained glass windows - seven of which are in St Margaret's Church in Rottingdean, West Sussex. Her grandmother was Georgiana Macdonald, one of a ...more
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