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The Shooting Party - Isabel Colegate
The Shooting Party
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It is the autumn of 1913. Sir Randolph Nettleby has assembled a brilliant array of guests at his Oxfordshire estate for the biggest hunt of the season. An army of gamekeepers, beaters, and servants has rehearsed the intricate age-old ritual, the gentlemen are falling into the prescribed mode of... show more
It is the autumn of 1913. Sir Randolph Nettleby has assembled a brilliant array of guests at his Oxfordshire estate for the biggest hunt of the season. An army of gamekeepers, beaters, and servants has rehearsed the intricate age-old ritual, the gentlemen are falling into the prescribed mode of fellowship and sporting rivalry, the ladies intrigued by the latest gossip and fashion. Everything about this splendid weekend would seem a perfect consummation of the pleasures afforded the privileged in Edwardian England. And yet it is not: the moral and social code of this group is not so secure as it appears. Competition beyond the bounds of sportsmanship, revulsion at the slaughter of the animals, anger at the inequities of class --these forces are about to rise up and engulf the assured social peace, a peace that can last only a brief while longer. In imagining Sir Randolph's shooting party, wrote The Spectator, "Miss Colegate has found a perfect metaphor for the passing of a way of life."
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781582432229 (1582432228)
Publisher: Counterpoint
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0 The Shooting Party by Isabel Colegate
bookshelves: published-1980, summer-2010, edwardian, britain-england, sport, epistolatory-diary-blog, period-piece, play-dramatisation Read from August 02 to 06, 2010 ** spoiler alert ** dramatised by DJ Britton, narrated by Olivia ColmanAutumn 1913. A shooting party on an Oxfordshire country est...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
dramatised by DJ Britton, narrated by Olivia ColmanAutumn 1913. A shooting party on an Oxfordshire country estate. A whole society under the microscope, a society soon to be destroyed in the trenches of the Western Front. The eve of the shoot.CastNarrator ..... Olivia ColmanCicely Nettleby ..... Ell...
carey
carey rated it
I loved the slow-burning and tragic nature of this book, not only the impending doom afforded by our hindsight of WWI, but the more immediate tragedy of a death and the death of this section of society. Very good.
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