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To Serve Them All My Days by R.F. Delderfield
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May 02, 2012

really liked it

I have mixed feelings about this book. When I first read it I loved the David Powlett-Jones and Algernon Herries characters. Now I see that they were both wrong. Powlett-Jones was "a Bolshie" and Herries was a religious and educational liberal who, well meaning perhaps, didn't live into our era to see the playing out of his liberalism. Now the Church of England is bankrupt and education has been totally corrupted by the ideas which he championed. (Personally and contrary to the author's intentions I am coming to appreciate Carter, in spite of his shortcomings!) The book is well worth reading as a portal to the world of the English public school following WWI. Also it is situated in Exmoor and will appeal to those who like English country romances. The atmosphere is intimate and, whether you like them or not, all of the characters are well drawn and interesting.

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