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The Mitford Years Boxed Set Volumes 1-6[ THE MITFORD YEARS BOXED SET VOLUMES 1-6 ] By Karon, Jan ( Author )Sep-24-2002 Paperback [Paperback]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for what ails ya Oct. 28 2003
I came to these books in a backwards sort of way. Most of the people I know who are reading and loving Van Reid's wonderful Moosepath League books read Jan Karon first. I had just finished "Daniel Plainway" and was dying for something that was just as fun, funny, and heartwarming. I had seen Jan Karon's books many times, but finally decided to take the advice of friends and start them. I was so glad. They may not be as laugh out loud funny as Mr. Reid's books, and they aren't such rollicking adventures, but what they do have in common is a grand outlook on life. Too, Mr. Reid's romantic novels are set in 19th century Maine and Ms. Karon's are in modern day North Carolina. But that only goes to show that people are the same everywhere. Jan Karon's people are warm without being cloying, and her outlook on life is optimistic without seeming too rose colored. Her people have funny, but realistic problems of the heart and home. Do read them. And if you love them and haven't read Van Reid's books, you can do what most people have done and "read" them next. Whichever way you go, it's always wonderful to know that there is something more out there that isn't all darkness and anger and violence. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comfy escapist reading March 19 2004
I almost never read books of this genre - they're usually way too sappy for me. I'm more of a historical novel kind of person - I like a lot of real characters and angst and war and to learn a little something while I'm reading. But for some reason, this series really started to grab me, especially after the second book. True, the characters don't seem to have any real problems and they all care for each other equally and live in an impossibly idyllic little village. But then again, maybe that's WHY I like this series so much. It's a vacation from my typical reading list - if I want to take a breather and read something that makes me happy and calm and transported to a fantasy-land that almost crosses over to reality, I take a trip to Mitford.
As a Catholic, the whole "we're all happy Protestants in this town" can get to be a little wearing after a while, but it's also a nice reminder that there are still people of faith and moral uprightness out there. That might be another reason this series appeals to me - I live a basically religion-free existence, thanks to popular American culture, and that's okay for the most part. But at the end of the day, I often find myself longing to reassociate with religion in a non-invasive way, and these books do that for me with their gentle spirituality.
If people are expecting to read books with depth and underlying tensions and hidden hatreds, you're not going to find that here. I consider these books "vacation" from everyday life, and the heavier fare that I typically read. They are sweet and simple and take you to a place that you just might be able to create for yourself someday.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Slogging through "Mitford" March 5 2004
I was rather disappointed with this series. I bought the first three books some time ago (at that time, half of the published series, but I believe two more books were written in the interim) and thought I was in for Maupin's "Tales of the City" in a more rural setting--I was wrong. SO wrong!!!!
Oh, the characters are colorful enough. I like the repartee Father Tim has with Dooley, his secretary (Edna?) and Puny, the kookiness of Miss Pattie and Miss Rose and Uncle Billy, and Puny's blunt down-home way of talking ("Esther Bolick's lookin' to give you the ol' 'whang-do.'")
However, there's no intrigue--the plot lines are short-lived and resolve with a "happily ever after" ending since most of the characters are God-fearing White Christian heterosexuals who live squeaky clean lives. I'm only a third of the way through the third book and it's obvious that I'm in for at least 100 more pages of "I can't believe how lucky I am to have found Cynthia" from Father Tim. That's great for Father Tim, but just think of all the paper wasted that could have been put to better use with say...an actual story arc or two.
As a Jewish gay man born and raised in NYC and now living in San Diego, perhaps I'm just the wrong demographic for this series. For sure I won't be finishing it--YAWN!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A soothing balm for a troubled world Feb. 27 2003
I just finished reading the Mitford series. The books were given to me almost a year ago and sat on my shelf. Recently, I had a personal crisis and have spent much alone time which allowed me time to read the entire series in less than 6 weeks. These are not deep books but often the simple is what we really need. The series provided an escape which could be perceived as a shallow endeavor but reflecting on the deep sprirtual undertones, I found the books inspiring and healing for me during a trying time personally and in light of our national situation as well... I would recommend these books for anyone who is looking for something better.
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