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Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson, Fiction,…
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Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson, Fiction, Humorous (urspr publ 1920; utgåvan 2003)

av E. F. Benson (Författare)

Serier: Mapp and Lucia (1)

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England between the wars was a paradise of calm and leisure for the rich. But Emmeline Lucas, known as La Lucia is determined to lead a different life and thus upend the greats of society and her small English town.
Medlem:wills2003
Titel:Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson, Fiction, Humorous
Författare:E. F. Benson (Författare)
Info:Wildside Press (2003), 300 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:to-read, aakindle-to-read

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Queen Lucia av E. F. Benson (1920)

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    Miss Marjoribanks av Margaret Oliphant (noveltea)
    noveltea: Lucia reminds me of a self-deluded version of Lucilla Marjoribanks
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
Cliche though it may be, it is always a joy to revisit the pretentious, social-climbing, class-obsessed, bitingly funny world of the towns of Riseholme and Tilling. Queen Lucia, the first book in Benson's series, introduces us to part of this world - although the full glory of the series would not become apparent until the fourth novel, when Emmeline "Lucia" Lucas, demented heroine of this one, finally comes face to face with Elizabeth Mapp, determined heroine of the next.

For lovers of classic British comedies of manners, especially if you're seeking someone as laughter-inducing as Wodehouse yet more savage to the characters than he, and as carefully studied as Austen yet far less serious.

The 2014 TV adaptation, with Miranda Richardson, was pleasant enough although - to my mind - overdone. The 1980s adaptation with Geraldine McEwan and Prunella Scales is languid at times, but well worth seeking out for its picture-perfect portrayal of the novels. ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
I first read E. F. Benson's Lucia and Mapp novels in the 1980's when I chanced upon a volume of the collected novels in the remaindered section of Barnes and Noble. Since then, there has been a BBC series of the novels, but nothing is as good as the books, and, in this time of Covid and toxic politics, they are a wonderful tonic for what ails you.

Queen Lucia is the first novel in the series and introduces us to Mrs. Emmeline Lucas, who with her husband Phillip (Peppino) and her faithful walker, Georgie Pillson ( he's a confirmed bachelor & likes to do needlework - get it?), rules the social life of Riseholme with an iron fist. in a wonderful send-up of provincial English society, Mrs. Lucas has pretensions of being able to speak Italian (hence the Lucia moniker) to have ability to play the piano & to understand art. Her rivals like Daisy Quantock, a former Christian Scientist, who falls into the thrall of a bogus Indian yogi, and the imperious, but stupid Lady Amermere, are not match for Lucia's will of iron. However, when a real opera singer, Olga Bracely, arrives in town, Lucia finds her reign as the Queen of Riseholme society in danger.

This book is a delight from start to finish & the perfect antidote to what's happening today. ( )
  etxgardener | Sep 21, 2020 |
I tried to like it, but I really struggled to even finish it. Honestly, other than Olga (who grew on me), I just didn't like any of these characters and I didn't care what happened in their superficial petty little lives. ( )
  AliceAnna | Sep 10, 2020 |
"Senza avvertire una certa inconsistenza nei propri sentimenti, voleva in realtà vestire i panni dell'amante senza esserlo, perché al momento non riusciva alcuna idea di cosa significasse essere assorbiti da qualcun altro. La vita era tanto piena così com'era: non c'era davvero posto per nient'altro, specialmente se doveva rendere scialbo tutto il resto"

È il primo di una serie di 5 o 6 libri comici molto in voga tra le due guerre nota come "Mapp & Lucia" e dalla quale sono stati tratti anche sceneggiati televisivi.
Complici le ferie e l'assenza di internet a casa sono già arrivata all'ultimo dei 3 tradotti in italiano ma il commento si limiterà al primo.

Purtroppo non regge il secolo che è passato e risulta un libro abbastanza irritante; non sono quasi riuscita a capire quali dovessero essere le parti comiche, forse perché l'intera vita dell'epoca del ridente villaggio inglese appare assurda in toto. La protagonista è una donna sulla quarantina, benestante e senza figli, che si è autoproclamata la personalità culturalmente e mondanamente più in vista del paesino in cui si è trasferita col marito; le vicende della loro quotidianità e dei rapporti di buon vicinato si dipanano in una spirale di case "autenticamente" elisabettiane, giardini shakespeariani, trattenimenti musicali, ricevimenti d' "alto rango", sgarbi e piccole vendette tra vicini. Lucia è l'anima di ogni iniziativa e di ogni nuova moda, pronta ad appropriarsene anche se l'ideatrice o la scopritrice non è lei ma qualcuno con personalità meno istrionica, che le è facile mettere in ombra.
Quando il suo trono inizia a scricchiolare, a causa dell'arrivo di una famosa cantante, più alla mano e ospitale di lei, che organizza e riceve in casa senza troppi formalismi, la sua presunta amabilità viene meno, mutando in acidità.

En passant dirò solo che il secondo volume (Lucia a Londra) è migliore del primo.
  ShanaPat | Jun 29, 2020 |
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Though the sun was hot on this July morning Mrs. Lucas preferred to cover the half-mile that lay between the station and her house on her own feet, and sent on her maid and her luggage in the fly that her husband had ordered to meet her.
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A couple of volumes of these prose poems had been published ... at "Ye Signe of Ye Daffodile", on the village green, where type was set up by hand, and very little, but that of the best, was printed.... [His poems] were printed in blunt type on thick yellowish paper, the edges of which seemed as if they had been cut by the forefinger of an impatient reader, so ragged and irregular were they, and they were bound in vellum.
Anyhow he would not tell her that Olga and her husband were dining at The Hall tonight; he would not even tell her that her husband's name was Shuttleworth, and Lucia might make a dreadful mistake, and ask Mr and Mrs Bracely. That would be jam for Georgie, and he could easily imagine himself saying to Lucia, "My dear, I thought you must have known that she had married Mr Shuttleworth and kept her maiden name! How tarsome for you! They are so touchy about that sort of thing."
"How kind of you to come and see us," she said. "Georgie, this is Mr Pillson. My husband."
"How do you do, Mr Shuttleworth," said Georgie to shew he knew, though his own Christian name had given him quite a start. For the moment he had almost thought she was speaking to him....
"Done!" she said. "Now don't you try to get out of it, because my husband is a witness. Georgie, give me a cigarette."
In a moment Riseholme-Georgie had his cigarette-case open.
"Do take one of mine," he said, "I'm Georgie too."
"You don't say so! Let's send it to the Psychical Research, or whoever those people are who collect coincidences and say it's spooks. And a match please, one of you Georgies."
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