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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
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Jun 24, 2010

really liked it
Read from July 06 to 10, 2010

I have to agree with my other reviewer friends that Flavia de Luce is the most entertaining and delightfully obnoxious upper class brat I've had the pleasure of reading about for a long time. She sounds hilariously much more like a 40 year old man than the 11 year old girl she is supposed to be, but this is part of the charm and humour of this fun and fantastically entertaining little book.
Flavia is from one of the uppermost families of Britain, and is both rejecting and caught up in the accutremonts of the lifestyle and upbringing she has been subjected to. With a cold and distant father (colonel De Luce) and a heartless and designingly destructive attitude to relationships herself, she is an absolute danger to finer society. Particularly inflamed by her two accomplished and sensitive sisters, Ophelia and Daphne, she is the triumphant black sheep of the family who sets out to suit herself entirely, and upset her sisters just for fun by the bye, in the most hilarious of ways. Feely and Daffy beware!
From the razor sharp damming with with faint praise of the high art of talented and sophistocated Pianist Feely ( "don't worry Feely, you'll get it right eventually") to the apparently artless attempts to encourage the talents of the fumbler (on Piano) Daffy ("That's an interesting piece - who is it by?" "Its the G major scale!" through gritted teeth..), Flavia is witty and self assured to the point where you certainly would never want to meet her, but to follow her romps through the unfortunately macabre events of the story, and convoluted plot, is a complete hoot!

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