Villaggio di Rivargenton. Miss Barbara Buncle, che sembra di mezza età anche se ha trent'anni, che veste in modo orribile e sembra condurre un'esistenza di sconfinata virtù e noia, vive grazie alla rendita dei suoi dividendi insieme alla governante Dorcas. Siamo nei primi anni trenta del Novecento e la crisi economica non tarda a farsi sentire, così un giorno Miss Buncle si accorge che la rendita si fa scarsa e che per andare avanti deve inventarsi qualcosa. Accantonata l'idea di allevare galline (troppo svolazzanti), decide di intraprendere la via più semplice: scrivere un libro. Miss Buncle non è dotata di grande immaginazione e le uniche cose di cui è in grado di scrivere sono quelle che conosce: i suoi concittadini. Ignorata da tutti ma osservatrice attenta, percepisce vizi e virtù di chi la circonda. La sua sincerità e la capacità di entrare nell'animo altrui la rendono pericolosa come scrittrice mentre guarda e annota. Il libro viene così pubblicato, sotto lo pseudonimo di John Smith, e diventa un bestseller. Ben presto gli abitanti di Rivargenton si accorgono di essere dentro un romanzo che porta allo scoperto la loro vera natura. Scatta allora la caccia al misterioso John Smith e per Miss Buncle inizia una vita veramente difficile.
- ISBN: 8896919088
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 328
My favorite D.E. Stevenson book! Humor-filled read in a 1930s-era English village. I've got some GR friends who are Stevenson fans, and finally, after reading this book, I feel like I really understand their love for her novels. Written in 1936 and set in about that same time, Miss Buncle's Book capt Leggi tutto
"Mr Abbott had never before read a novel about a woman who wrote a novel about a woman who wrote a novel – it was like a recurring decimal, he thought, or perhaps even more like a perspective of mirrors such as tailors use, in which the woman and her novel were reflected back and forth to infinit
I loved Miss Buncle. I loved Miss Buncle's Book *. I loved Miss Buncle's book. I loved the book within Miss Buncle's book. Barbara Buncle is in serious need to some income to support herself and her elderly nurse. What's a genteel spinster to do when she has no skills and women don't get jobs? Write a Leggi tutto
Miss Buncle's Book is wise, funny and sweet. It's the story of a middle aged lady who needs money and decided to write a book. She has no imagination, so she writes about what she knows, the people in her small, English village. Those who are kind and decent get treated well, those who are venal, un Leggi tutto
Miss Buncle's book within a book is pure delight. I found myself smiling at just about every turn of the page. If you enjoy cozy British village tales this will be just your cup of tea. But it's not too sweet--there is enough sharply observant social satire to keep the reader wide awake and enough p Leggi tutto
This was a very delightful book. My full review is found on my book blog: https://quirkyreader.livejournal.com/...
When Miss Buncle writes a story about the village she lives in she has overlooked what might happen if it is published. Being a quiet and unconfident person she doesn't really expect it will but soon it becomes a best seller much to the anger of those that inspired the characters. (view spoiler) [ the irony is that (hide spoiler)] Leggi tutto
5 Stars! Absolutely charming and hilarious! Perfect character driven fiction. If you love Jane Austen you need to read this book.
Lightweight, yes. BUT Miss Buncle's Book , Disturber of the Peace (the book within the book), and Barbara Buncle herself are completely charming. I found myself chuckling again and again at the humor and truth found in this novel. I should mention that this was the first Persephone book I've bought an Leggi tutto
4.5★ A gently satirical look at English village life in the 1930s. Somewhat of a cross between Angela Thirkell and Peyton Place, I loved Miss Buncle, Silverstream and all the characters in this charming book.
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