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Christmas Pudding by Nancy Mitford
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Jan 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 20th-century, comedy, modern-classics, christmas
Read from December 24, 2011 to January 01, 2012

Having slogged through Hons and Rebels, this was the perfect festive pick me up to remind me why Nancy was so ace.

The Christmas theme is almost entirely irrelevant to this romp in the country. Featuring infernal devices, a high class tart, and the world's worst, most pious Victorian poet Nancy brings London's braying demi-monde face-to-face with rural England.

There's shades of The Pursuit of Love lurking in there, and the relationship between Paul Fotheringay and Annabelle Fortescue were surely inspirational for Waugh's Decline and Fall?

She's too too sick-makingly talented for words.

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Reading Progress

12/29/2011 page 69
45.0% "I'm never going to finish before the holidays are over, what with the Beeb's Dickens-fest, but totally hearting so far"
12/30/2011 page 120
77.0% "I think Lady Maria Bobbins might be my favourite poet ever"

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Ruby Rose Scarlett Hons is Rebels is Jessica's autobiography, though, not Nancy's ;)

Ruby Rose Scarlett *and Rebels, sorry!

russell barnes Ruby Scarlett wrote: "*and Rebels, sorry!"

You are of course quite right, but I meant more why Nancy was the best of the sisters. I used to love Decca, but she's just a bit too mean, and H & R was just a slog.

Maybe a better sentence would've been "reminded me why I prefer Nancy to Decca".

You well?

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