Like most great comedy," writes Darin Strauss in his Introduction, ""Mr." "Beluncle" makes sport of the Stuffed Shirt, the Hypocritical Pious Gentleman, and the Tyrant, as well as the Big Spender-and all these descriptions fit a single character: Mr. Beluncle himself." One of V. S. Pritchett's most enduring characters, Mr. Beluncle is narcissistic, sanctimonious, and self-...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published February 18th 2009 by Modern Library
(first published 1951)
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My disappointment with this book may be a case of wrong-headed expectations, as I'd thought it might be similar to the late Victorian farce The Diary of a Nobody, where I found the satirical episodes of Pooter hilarious. Poor Beluncle came off as more dysfunctional than anything else; moreover, he has the anti-Midas touch of creating dysfunction in the lives of all he encounters. His wife, children and business partner yearn to escape from the mad schemes of this narcissistic nut, and I don't bl...more
Victor Sawdon Pritchett was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, the first of four children of Walter Sawdon Pritchett and Beatrice Helena (née Martin). His father, a London businessman in financial difficulties, had come to Ipswich to start a shop selling newspapers and stationery. The business was struggling and the couple were lodging over a toyshop at 41 St Nicholas Street where Pritchett was born on 16...moreMore about V.S. Pritchett...