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Wigs on the Green - Nancy Mitford
Wigs on the Green
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Nancy Mitford’s most controversial novel, unavailable for decades, is a hilarious satirical send-up of the political enthusiasms of her notorious sisters, Unity and Diana.Written in 1934, early in Hitler’s rise, Wigs on the Green lightheartedly skewers the devoted followers of British fascism.... show more
Nancy Mitford’s most controversial novel, unavailable for decades, is a hilarious satirical send-up of the political enthusiasms of her notorious sisters, Unity and Diana.Written in 1934, early in Hitler’s rise, Wigs on the Green lightheartedly skewers the devoted followers of British fascism. The sheltered and unworldy Eugenia Malmain is one of the richest girls in England and an ardent supporter of General Jack and his Union Jackshirts. World-weary Noel Foster and his scheming friend Jasper Aspect are in search of wealthy heiresses to marry; Lady Marjorie, disguised as a commoner, is on the run from the Duke she has just jilted at the altar; and her friend Poppy is considering whether to divorce her rich husband. When these characters converge with the colorful locals at a grandly misconceived costume pageant that turns into a brawl between Pacifists and Jackshirts, madcap farce ensues. Long suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to family feelings, Wigs on the Green can now be enjoyed by fans of Mitford’s superbly comic novels.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780307740854 (0307740854)
ASIN: 0307740854
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
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antediluvian Germans in a pantry
antediluvian Germans in a pantry rated it
1.0 Wigs on the Green
so... fascists - not actually funny. who could have guessed? (everybody.)
KOMET
KOMET rated it
All in all, this was a lightly entertaining story in which 2 friends of the monied class in early 1930s Britain (Noel Foster and Jasper Aspect, a glib character and shameless sponger) conspired to marry 2 wealthy heiresses while taking a break from London one summer.
the reader of books
the reader of books rated it
4.0 Wigs on the Green
I will never give Nancy Mitford anything less than 4 stars.
BBB - Bronwyn's Book Blog
BBB - Bronwyn's Book Blog rated it
5.0
I was worried I wasn't going to like this just due to the controversy Mitford had with her sister's Diana and Unity. I loved it though. It was funny and reminded me of some of the best of Waugh's books. I can see how Diana and Unity wouldn't've liked it, but I didn't think it made fun of fascism ...
Reflections
Reflections rated it
5.0 A Controversial Book, Back in Print at Last -- Wigs on the Green by Nancy Mitford
Nancy Mitford fans, including me, have been waiting a long time for this novel to be republished. Even used copies of WIGS ON THE GREEN have been hard to find, since after its release in 1935 it has only rarely been back in print. It became controversial because it was written at a time when Hitler ...
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