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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding – Julia Strachey

The above image is from the end papers from the Persephone edition.

It was a very quick read, but I don’t think my mind was in the right place. Although I admire the writing, I didn’t enjoy this novel.

Here is the blurb …

This is a very small book but a very perfect one, revealing a rich sense of humour and very great literary and dramatic skill. The situation of a girl on her wedding morning trying to stifle her doubts and dull her knowledge that she is making a frightful mistake is painful; the collection of ill-assorted guests who have gathered together on the bright and bitter March morning is as agonising¬† and as inappropriate as such a crisis in life itself … The most striking thing in the book is its funniness. We are not dealing here with the circus jokes of a PG Wodehouse, for the characters here are living people. The humour is profounder, for it arises out of the characters and illuminates and exhibits them to us, It is a book full of the funniness of painful situations, of the sort of humour which enables us to look back with laughter at the things which have hurt us most in life.

Here are some other reviews …




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