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Intrigerna på Belgrave square (2013)

av Fay Weldon

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From the award-winning novelist and writer of Upstairs Downstairs, the launch of a brilliant new trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert's wife Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady's maid who orders the life of her mistress.Lord Robert can see no financial relief to an already mortgaged estate, and, though the Season is over, his thoughts turn to securing a suitable wife (and dowry) for his son. The arrival on the London scene of Minnie, a beautiful Chicago heiress with a reputation to mend, seems the answer to all their prayers. As the writer of the pilot episode of the original Upstairs, Downstairs--Fay Weldon brings a deserved reputation for magnificent storytelling. With wit and sympathy--and no small measure of mischief--Habits of the House plots the interplay of restraint and desire, manners and morals, reason and instinct.… (mer)
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I just couldn't get into this book. Made it almost halfway and gave up. I have too many other books on my list. Maybe someday I'll come back and try again. ( )
  AmyJ71 | Jun 20, 2017 |
Book received from Goodreads Giveaways.

I have had this book for awhile now and I've tried to read it several times. I found the audiobook at my library and decided to give it a chance. I think it is much better listened to than read. I gave it two stars due to how many times I've picked it up and had to put it down. It is the first in a series but I don't believe I'll be reading/listening to the rest. I will admit the parts focusing on the servants of the house are much more interesting than the main family. If you're missing Downton Abbey give it a shot. ( )
  Diana_Long_Thomas | Jan 29, 2017 |
Riding that Downton Abbey gravy train!

If I could give this another half star I would, as it is quite funny in a farcical way. The action takes place over two months and the reader is privy to all the goings on - sexual, finanicial, political, intellectual from the family in the big house, to their servants, their(Jewish) banker in Gilders Green, the wealthy Americans visting London etc.

It's Fay Weldon so parts of the novel are sharp and quite amusing but ultimately feels a little phoned in. And good heavens, it's the irst in a trilogy! ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Fun but seemed to wrap things up too quickly at the end - but isn't that how British society of the Gilded Age was - sweep the dirt under the rug for the sake of society?

Recommended for Downton Abbey fans if you want to see what Lady Grantham's early life may have been like (American woman with money marrying into British society for title and status). ( )
  librariankate7578 | Mar 5, 2015 |
I'm not quite sure which style Fay Weldon was aiming for, when writing her Love and Inheritance trilogy, but the result is a sort of smutty Upstairs Downstairs (the original Downton Abbey). The third person narrative mocks the fin de siecle setting - laughing at steam engines and social etiquette in equal measure - and the characters are played like rejects from P.G. Wodehouse. The Earl of Dilberne loses a considerable investment - of his wife's money - in a South African gold mine, and attempts to restore the family fortune by marrying good-natured son Arthur off to an American heiress, Minnie. His daughter Rosina is the stock-in-trade feminist, tall and bluff, who once argued her grandfather into an early grave. They are all very quirky but none too original, while the plot meanders along, establishing the scene, for 300 pages. I just couldn't warm to the style - the characters are not taken seriously enough to care for, and the story isn't eventful enough to carry the comic, slightly sneering tone of the narrative. A resounding 'meh' - I won't be paying for the honour of parts two and three. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Nov 8, 2014 |
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From the award-winning novelist and writer of Upstairs Downstairs, the launch of a brilliant new trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert's wife Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady's maid who orders the life of her mistress.Lord Robert can see no financial relief to an already mortgaged estate, and, though the Season is over, his thoughts turn to securing a suitable wife (and dowry) for his son. The arrival on the London scene of Minnie, a beautiful Chicago heiress with a reputation to mend, seems the answer to all their prayers. As the writer of the pilot episode of the original Upstairs, Downstairs--Fay Weldon brings a deserved reputation for magnificent storytelling. With wit and sympathy--and no small measure of mischief--Habits of the House plots the interplay of restraint and desire, manners and morals, reason and instinct.

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