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Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson
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22. Benson, E. F. LUCIA’S PROGRESS (Originally published in the U.S. under the title, “The Worshipful Lucia.”). (1935). ****.
This novel continues the adventures of Lucia and Mapp in the village of Tilling. We encounter all of the usual characters of the village: Mapp, Lucia, Georgie, Diva, Mrs. Poppitt, Lady Ambermere and Pug. In this installment, Lucia is turning fifty-years old and realizes that she has not accomplished a single stellar act in her whole life. She has managed to keep busy with her charitable affairs and in community activities, but she feels unfulfilled. Her attempts to maintain intellectual control over the people in the village seems to be on the wane. Of course there is her music and the various courses she sets up for all the neighbors, but that isn’t enough. What finally hits her as a valuable effort is to run for councilperson on the village board. It seems that Miss Mapp – now married – has the same idea, and they plan to run on totally opposite platforms. The subtle humor endemic to Benson’s novels continues in the vein of P. G. Wodehouse, but much more subtle. It’s a good introduction to the wry English humor of the time.
Recommended.
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