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Snobs [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Julian Fellowes
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May 2005 Wheeler Compass
A Times (London) bestseller from the author of Gosford Park
Edith Lavery, the pretty daughter of an accountant, meets gossip-column favorite Charles Broughton (Earl of Broughton and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield) at Ascot. When he proposes and she accepts, does she really love him, or is she merely dazzled by his title and money?
In a tale that mixes contemporary Jane Austen with the brilliant social commentary of Gosford Park, Julian Fellowes chronicles Edith’s rise and fall with twists and turns aplenty. Through the eyes of his narrator, a journeyman actor who manages to negotiate the choppy waters of snobbery and excess as he moves between the upper and middle classes, in SNOBS Fellowes gives us a delicious comedy of manners to rival Oscar Wilde at his wittiest.
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Wodehouse gets a modern twist in this brilliantly acerbic tale of snobbery and marital tomfoolery in 1990s London. Our nameless protagonist, a jovial, perceptive sort of 30-something fellow hanging affably about the fringes of society, introduces his middle-class but sleek and beautiful friend Edith Lavery to the earnest but dull Lord Charles Broughton. Much to the dismay of "civilized" society, Charles falls in love and proposes to the social-climbing but largely indifferent Edith. Even after she is married, Edith is snubbed and humiliated at every turn (in the slyest, politest possible way, of course), until she moves out in a huff with her married lover, Simon Russell, an actor/ego-on-legs who is eating up the publicity that comes with being seen with a countess and eager for this entrée into society (he doesn't realize Edith has been cast into the societal dung heap). To Edith's consternation, the glittering world of theater turns out to be just as small-minded and dull as that of society, with the added disadvantage of it not involving much money. Gossipy and dishy, this debut by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Gosford Park is a merciless and hilarious sendup of snobbery and social jealousy, revealing the pettiness and self-absorption of both the envious and the envied.
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As the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Gosford Park, Fellowes proved himself to be an arch observer of the quirks and customs of the British upper crust. Fast-forwarding half a century, he turns his attention to more contemporary characters still mired in the same class affectations and divisions. Beautiful Edith Lavery, an unabashed middle-class social climber, hits the jackpot when she snags the heir to an earldom. Not only is Charles Broughton titled but his clan has actually managed to maintain and increase the fabulous family fortune. Alas, life on the ancestral estate is not all that it is cracked up to be, and Edith soon grows weary of her dominating mother-in-law and bored with her stolid husband. After an unfortunate yet titillating dalliance, everyone stiffens their lips in proper public-school fashion and carries on admirably. This delightful comedy of manners good-naturedly lampoons a class of people whose artificiality is so inbred it becomes positively genuine. Veddy British, what? Margaret Flanagan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Snob Indead! March 27 2005
What a marvelous find this book turned out to be! I must say, I almost did not read it. But I was curious, having read a critic of it in a magazine.
Snob is about a young woman in London, who marries a lord. In this day and age, with all that has been said about monarchy, the Royals and all the Scandals, it is surprising to care at all. I actually more then cared, I was fascinated. The author sets about to explain, very clearly indeed, the different way of life that the "higher class" has, or see themselves to have. He did a fantastic job at explaining the nuances and the traditions of a world that very few of "us" will ever experience. He pointed out, quite rightly, that we judge it and make fun of it yet, given a chance, we will all want to be invited in (most of us would deny this if asked!).
Edith sets about to marry a lord and once she does so, she is surprised to find out exactly what that life is all about. I don't want to give away too much but we follow her and her friends through a few years. Suffice it to say that she acts very badly and, yet I saw myself rooting for her, hoping she would pull it off, if only to give it back to a few people that had treated her badly (even if they were right, at times, to do so!). Throw in a few actors in the mix and it's off to a jolly good time!
Pick up this book if you want to be entertained!
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5.0 out of 5 stars clever, witty, beautifully written novel Dec 8 2009
I picked up Snobs becuase I had also read Julian Fellowes novel Past Imperfect. I needn't have worried that Snobs couldn't possibly be as good - it was first rate, just as good, if not better. I wish he would write more! Fellowes is a brilliant observer of the English upper classes, but he is also a great story teller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wordsmiths good read June 11 2014
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It was fun for me who grew up C of E in Canada to read of the customs of the classes in the UK. I like his style of writing
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