Pomfret Towers, la dimora dei conti di Pomfret nel Barsetshire, fu costruita con gran pompa e nessuna attenzione al comfort. Abitata dal vecchio lord Pomfret, burbero e spesso di cattivo umore, e abbandonata da lady Pomfret, che dalla morte del figlio ha deciso di vivere in Italia, è destinata ad andare in eredità a Giles Foster, primo in linea di successione. Le cene che ogni tanto organizza lord Pomfret sono note per la loro rarità e per la loro noia, ed è quindi con un certo stupore che la famiglia Barton, architetto lui, scrittrice di bellissimi libri storici lei, riceve un invito per trascorrere un weekend alle Pomfret Towers indirizzato ai due figli. Inizia così una commedia romantica piena non solo di battute fulminanti, ma anche di personaggi spassosi, che si incrociano, si fraintendono, litigano, si corteggiano, si innamorano parlando di lavori nei campi o improbabili performance artistiche.
- ISBN: 8898713177
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 272
“There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.” - Anthony Trollope What a sparkling, light and totally charming book. Angela Thirkell has joined the ranks of authors (like D.E. Stevenson , Dorothy Whipple or Barbara Pym ) that were unknown to me for a long time, but I am so g Leggi tutto
A nice cozy way to end the year - at a house party at Pomfret Towers in the late 1930's British countryside. Thirkell's Barsetshire books are perfect for reading with a cup of tea under a comfy blanket during a snow storm.
Pure escapism. I just love Angela Thirkell and especially this book. It is lively,witty and deliciously entertaining. Pomfret Towers is the setting for a grand house party. Whose hand will Mr Foster seek in marriage and who will win Alice's heart?
2.75 stars? Mrs. Barton, the absentminded author of historical works and mother of two young adult children is often away from home and absorbed in her work. She keeps in close contact with her neighbor Lord Pomfret for research purposes. On a rare occasion when Lady Pomfret and Mrs. Barton are both Leggi tutto
I read Thirkell because of passages like this one: "There's Chloe," said Sally, as a scratching and whining which had been going on ever since the dogs left the room was succeeded by several loud flaps against the door. "Isn't she a lamb? She has taught herself to knock on the door with her tail. Com Leggi tutto
Although I admit, it wasn't as hilarious or bitter-sweet as some other of Thirkell, nonetheless, it was another one of the best by Thirkell I have read. What made it so perfect was the thoughtfulness, integrity of the novel (story). It was easy to see that the author knew how to write a good novel,
In Pomfret Towers we have another lovely slice of 1930’s silliness, I loved it.Unashamedly cosy alert! Angela Thirkell’s Barsetshire novels are beloved of many readers, for their humour and charm, Virago have been re-issuing them a few at a time, with these rather delicious looking covers. I now hav Leggi tutto
While reading it, I have been watching the very dramatic and emotional (to me anyway) final season of Downton Abbey, so I feel I might be a bit unfair to this story. Three stars seem lukewarm, but I can't find a fourth one in my heart. That said, it's been quite enjoyable, well written and authentic Leggi tutto
In the sixth Barsetshire novel, a group of quirky characters comes together at a large country house, Pomfret Towers, for a weekend party, including the modest heroine Alice, the gruff and terrifying lord who owns the place, the egotistical would-be artist, his social-climbing mother, and others. Be Leggi tutto
What could be better than a weekend house party on the estate of an earl? Especially if the earl is a crusty old man with a kind but depressed wife, and his guests include his conceited cousin who writes romance novels for middle-aged women, her long-suffering publisher, and her two passive-aggressi Leggi tutto
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