Tagged with satire

Cold Comfort Farm (1932) by Stella Gibbons

Book Review by Jane V. Stella Gibbons trained as a journalist but thought of herself as a poet. She wrote many other novels but Cold Comfort Farm was her first and by far the most successful. She can in fact ‘do’ any style including the overblown stuff favoured by writers like Ethel M. Dell. Stella … Continue reading

Poor Caroline (1931) by Winifred Holtby

Book review by Sylvia D:  Poor Caroline is a satire in which Holtby pokes fun at the worlds of philanthropy and religion but also introduces other themes: the loneliness and frustrations of old age, the position of women in interwar society, and the lingering impact of the First World War on those who fought in … Continue reading

Ripeness is All by Eric Linklater (1935)

Review by Thecla W: The novel opens with the funeral of Major John Gander. We are introduced to various Gander relatives: his half-sister, Hilary; his nephews, Arthur and Stephen; his nieces Katherine and Jane. Other prominent characters are the vicar and Mr Peabody, the lawyer. There is also a long-lost nephew, George, believed to be … Continue reading

The Merry Muse, by Eric Linklater (1959)

Review by Val H ‘Eric Linklater’s Latest!’ proclaims my copy of The Merry Muse (Jonathan Cape, 1959) in large letters.  Bloomsbury, which publishes it as an e-book, says it is: “part farce, part satire on manners and social attitudes [sparkling] from beginning to end…the work of a master…at the height of his powers”. Two contemporary … Continue reading

Love on the Supertax by Marghanita Laski (1944)

Review by Jane V: Lady Clarissa, daughter of a Duke, lives with her parents in their rundown mansion in Mayfair. All their servants have gone to join the war effort so the family is left living in squalid conditions, quite unable to cook and manage a household for themselves.  They have lost most of their … Continue reading

Mandoa, Mandoa! by Winifred Holtby (1933)

Review by Judith W: Mandoa is a small African state rarely visited by westerners where the traditions remain undisturbed, until the Lord High Chamberlain, Safi Talal visits Addis Ababa where he discovers luxuries of the western world: baths, cocktail shakers, cars, cutlery and handkerchiefs. Back in England it is 1931. Maurice Durrant, a Director of … Continue reading

Parody Party edited by Leonard Russell (1936)

We had a lovely reading group last month where we read books selected from the collection because they been tagged as ‘satire’ or ‘parody’. I hoped Thecla would chose Parody Party as her knowledge of the fiction of the period is amazingly extensive! I thought she would enjoy it, and so it proved. (Parody Party … Continue reading

Seven Against Reeves by Richard Aldington (1938)

Review by George Simmers (see his Great War Fiction blog here). Seven Against Reeves is quite an interesting novel, in that it is a book by a highbrow with a middlebrow hero, and it very strongly upholds middlebrow – or indeed Philistine – values.  The book is a lively satire on artistic pretentiousness. When John Reeves retires … Continue reading