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This was actually a quick re read of this novel, Snobs, which I believe I originally read a couple of years ago and found delightfully droll I ve noticed that it seems to have made a bit of a comeback on to book shelves, perhaps because of Fellowes now well known association with writing Downton Abbey I found this a subtle book, recounting the story of this rather ambitious yet very decent middle class British young woman, Edith, being star struck by the aristocratic gentleman Charles, wooed to join him as his partner and in the end having to fight to keep her personality from being totally eroded by the snobs of the class system of which she is pointedly reminded she does not belong I m not a Brit, but I married into a pseudo British family in Canada which held onto its Colonial pretences for two hundred years after it had arrived in the country It took me at least a decade to understand how one behaved within the antiquated social system that this family continued to rank itself highly within, to anticipate how to be part of this special enclave with its singular mannerisms, language and social mor s I loved my in laws dearly, but I had to scramble to prove my worth, even as the rest of Canada had a much egalitarian system of acceptance As a result, I recognized the satire and mockery of Snobs Anyone who had rank had status, but could be as dull as ditchwater and equally as stupid, which would be ignored The young wife who became the wiley strategist and determined power to practically ensure her future security and that of her children had to relinquish all of her natural innocence and spontaneity She had entered a world where everyone was constantly measured harshly against each other, and where she resolved to win with her sharp intelligence, besting her mother in law Lady Uckfield and keeping the snobs in check Again, a subtle novel which probably is robustly enjoyed with insight into the virtual caste system of British society. [Download Book] ☿ Snobs ♁ Edith Lavery, An English Blonde With Large Eyes And Nice Manners, Is The Daughter Of A Moderately Successful Accountant And His Social Climbing Wife While Visiting His Parents Stately Home As A Paying Guest, Edith Meets Charles, Earl Broughton, And Heir To The Marquess Of Uckfield, Who Runs The Family Estates In East Sussex And Norfolk To The Gossip Columns He Is One Of The Most Eligible Young Aristocrats AroundWhen He Proposes Edith Accepts But Is She Really In Love With Charles Or With His Title, His Position, And All That Goes With It One Inescapable Part Of Life At Broughton Hall Is Charles S Mother, The Shrewd Lady Uckfield, Known To Her Friends As Googie And Described By The Narrator An Actor Who Moves Comfortably Among The Upper Classes While Chronicling Their Foibles As The Most Socially Expert Individual I Have Ever Known At All Well She Combined A Watchmaker S Eye For Detail With A Madam S Knowledge Of The World Lady Uckfield Is Convinced That Edith Is Interested In Becoming A Countess Than In Being A Good Wife To Her Son And When A Television Company, Complete With A Gorgeous Leading Man, Descends On Broughton Hall To Film A Period Drama, Googie S Worst Fears Seem Fully Justified Wow this guy really nailed it This book reminded me of someone paring a fish with the ease of a surgeon Fellows examines social protocol in a certain circle by flaking it from the chaos of conversation, holding it up to the light, and explaining exactly why everything about it is preposterous Ever wonder why some people call each other Sausage or Toffee Turn to page 44 Want to know Fellow s theory about the patented British stiff upper lip Try page 35 Or find out who fits this brilliant character description He talked of himself and his triumphs in that relaxed unselfconscious way that only the deeply egocentric can manage Hint, Page 107 Fellow s writing is beautiful and complicated He s a mannered writer in the old fashioned style of Warton and James, and his story is filled with expert plot twists I was completely enthralled. Odli an prikaz ivota i odnosa engleske aristokracije u 21.st Pratimo pri u Edith, djevojke iz srednje klase kojoj uspijeva udati se za grofa Broughtona, na veliku nesre u njegove majke, markize od Uckfielda Ipak, uprkos udaji, biti prihva en u taj uzak, zatvoren krug engleskih obitelji koje svoja rodoslovlja prate jo od doba prvih engleskih kraljeva, nije nimalo lako niti ugodno Ba mi je bilo zanimljivo itati kako i dan danas ti engleski snobovi dr e do svoje tradicije i njeguju svoja pravila pona anja, izra avanja iako su, ve ini, dani njihova bogatstva i slave davno pro li I sama pri a je zanimljiva ispri ana iz kuta edithinog prijatelja iz djetinjstva pa je ovo je definitivno knjiga koja se ita s u itkom Barem sam je ja tako do ivjela. , 90 Downton Abbey This book had the same effect on me as the screeching sound of chalk on a blackboard After the first eighty pages I considered dropping it The all too familiar traits of snobbery just didn t tickle my fancy at all A snob is a snob is a snob, right It felt like detention homework Please write out the following sentence two thousand times Snobs believe they are God s gift to mankind in every which way but death I mean, they truly believe the sun sets over our planet when one of them sit down Then repeat this sentence four thousand times to serve as a life lesson Do not confuse snobbery with etiquette, good manners and good genes This is one of the good things coming from those lot actually To be fair, this click ish enclave of the inbreds are not acting different from all the school jocks and clicks bullying and excluding anyone different from themselves Their code of conduct is not unfamiliar to street gangs, bitchy cheerleader squats, and Wallstreet at all But in our western world, this British toffs are actually the cradle of this madness.Besides, haven t most of us been taught that we are better than anyone else India and Pakistan even have the strict caste system forbidding anyone from moving from one class of misery up to another Nobody can ever skip the caste they were born in there apart from emigrating to free countries where social mobility is guaranteed in Britain only to a point though It does sound quite similar to the English nobility and after reading this book the suspicion is stronger And aren t we all reminded of the untouchables behind the railway lines What about the new daughters , or son in law that rocked many a family for being below standard Let s not even add skin color to this delightful imagery of excellence If my memory serves me correctly, there were even a few British laws prohibiting the marriage between Commoners and The Chosen Few Wasn t it necessary to change a law or two so that Prince William could marry his highly intelligent, upper middle class common wife Kate I suspect it is the nearest to the French Revolution the poor British upper caste were forced to go What a painful submission to the will of the people and the true meaning of democracy it must have been for those Blue Bloods But that was only after the death of Princess Diana which almost stirred up a revolution in the country that promised to be vicious than those in Russia and France The Queen was forced to give The People s Princess the burial they demanded, or else Come to think of it how many millions of flower bouquets and messages of love did it take against the bars of the gilded cages to get the Queen out of her castle back to London to do what was demanded from the thousands of people gathering at the Gates, not to even mention the reaction from the rest of the world Princess Diana was chucked out like an old shoe from The Inner Circle after divorcing her two timer husband who had one great ambition and that was to be his mistress s Tampax Princess Diana broke all the rules of Royalty How dared she expose her children to the common masses and make those two boys really love, respect and meet their own people She clearly recognized a world trend these old fossils could never grasp even if it was force fed to them But then she did the unthinkable she had the audacity to expose her husband s affair That was an unforgivable blasphemy against the Noble Gods Although this book is not the story of Diana, it is an excellent portrayal of the circumstances in which she was handled in this ancient class system I am convinced that these events rattled a few gilded cages for years afterwards Actually, still do.It is an excellent book, despite my antagonism towards a Self Protective, Chosen Few, from a strictly secluded circle of blood, a stiff upper lip gang expecting everyone else to bow in their presence It had, still have, ma common nickers tied in a dangerous knot What fascinates me the most though, is how did it happen that these toffs did not land up on the guillotine like their French counterparts The French revolutionary slogan liberty, equality, fraternity upturned many gravy trains all over the world in a spin off effect, but not immediately in our dear Mother England Not only that, how in the world did they manage to keep this exclusive closed up society of power and privilege in such a pristine state without any opposition by the struggling masses Mind boggling for sure Admirable That depends on who you are and where you re coming from, I guess Down Town Abbey have enough fans all over the world to prove that the lives and times of nobility still have a highly popular place in fairyland, thanks to authors such as Barbara Cartland and company who promoted the romantic concept to a must dream for every young girl Some girls grasped the reigns, thinking they can ride this elaborately adorned dressaged horse, only to wake up the day after the wedding and discover that they were on the back of a dangerous buffalo dagga bull in royal disguise They were left with only one option and that is to die with their fairy tale trampled into oblivion forever.This book tells the story of Edith, an upper middle class girl who aspired to become a member of the nobility through marriage but discovered a reality nobody really talks about The mean, cruel, conniving, heartless inbreds made sure she would be treated like a bad odor They had enough influence to snub her where and whenever they felt like it She would learn a lot Her choice in the end, was a surprising, but logical one I had to agree with After reading the book, and thinking of Kate, Prince William s wife, and how she is received in this vicious underworld of power and privilege, I felt like encouraging Mother England to keep these lot isolated from the world as much as possible Tax breaks and government subsidies must keep them locked up in the mausoleums they take pride in as their ancestral homes The Brits are doing the world a gigantic favor to keep the walls around them as high as possible If you have not figured it out yet, this is said with a tongue deeply buried in the cheek Okay, so you got it after reading my thoughts on the book and how the underlying message impacted on me Not all of us are dying to become one of them You probably also concluded that some of us won t bother to even acknowledge them anywhere else but in their little secluded island west of France Thank all the Gods of all humanity and beyond that the majority of Brits are not like them And that America got us all liberated from that nonsense with their Boston Tea Party Okay, give or take the Mayflower, at least the obsession with titles drowned somewhere in the waves on the way to America Just the idea that there could have been a few million polluting this earth makes me break out in uncontrollable shudders Yes, the American Civil War removed all the doubt that ever existed of what freedom really means Unfortunately, the world was not saved from snobbery at all.The book is superbly written, the plot is working, the message powerful, the information worth another television series Perhaps it might even become an hilarious comedy such as Bridget Jones s Diary I did not find the latter book funny at all, but the movie had me almost drowned in laughter It probably can happen to this book as well.Apart from bursting the romantic bubble of authors such as Barbara Cartland and a few hundred similar authors,Snobs by Julian Fellowes must have had quite a few members of the High N Mighty clan red faced and furious for various reasons Well Jeepers Jeeves, I would sincerely hope so Yet the author was still kind enough not to reveal all the gunk and gore locked behind those palatial doors and high walls It also indirectly explained the reality behind the tragedy of princes Diana and now a new challenge for dearly beloved Kate Their names is never mentioned The readers get an insider s view on those exclusive power palaces I do give this book five stars for masterful penmanship Some even regard it as a satire I did not get that impression But then again, I am not British The topic of the book was handled graciously It is an easy, compassionate read I really enjoyed the book If it wasn t for a well plotted story line, I would not have continued after page 100 But I am so glad I did There s actually good in all of us In the end, the pot dare not call the kettle black. This was such an entertaining, fun book The author, Julian Fellowes, has had an illustrious career in film and television He wrote the screenplays for the Oscar winning Gosford Park, The Young Victoria, and Vanity Fair He also created and writes the spectacular Downton Abbey In the same way that Dominick Dunn s books offer an insider peek into the elite lives of Manhattan s 5th Avenue, Snobs is a funny, sharp eyed study on contemporary British aristocracy The gossipy story is told through a series of sophisticated dinner parties and social events At the center of the book is Edith, a middle class English woman who hits the royal jackpot when she meets and marries Charles Broughton a wealthy Earl On the honeymoon, cracks already emerge in the marriage Charles is a kind but dull and simple man He is not exactly handsome and he is terrible in bed Edith quickly finds herself in a passionless, dreary marriage and bored stiff with the surprisingly tedious routines of the nobility Edith s boredom gets the best of her and she quickly lets things spiral out of control If you have ever wondered what the decedents of Lord Grantham might be doing in a few decades in the future, this book is for you Don t miss it As delicious as fizzy lemonade and only slightly substantive, this novel by the screenwriter of Gosford Park takes you through the courtship and marriage of a middle class beauty I knew she was a social climber I didn t realize she was a mountaineer and an aristocratic dullard No one escapes the dry acerbity of author Julian Fellowes, who was born into the bosom of the upper class and obviously knows the species intimately A very light, very fun, very delectably waspish portrait of a class of people who are polar opposites of the type populating reality TV. This is the first book I ve read by Fellowes though I enjoyed Downton Abbey a lot Snobs sort of takes one back into that world but in a modern time the 1990s and certainly turned out quite different from what I d expected Our unnamed narrator rather like Nancy Mitford s Fanny Wincham, but a man tells us the story of Edith Lavery, born into a middle class family, who realises that she really can do nothing in life but marry well, and that she does, catching Charles Broughton, heir to the wealthy Marquess of Uckfield Charles family isn t exactly thrilled with the development, but are welcoming enough with the exception of Charles brother in law who in fact has humbler origins than Edith herself Once the initial happiness of newly acquired wealth and position wears of, Edith however finds life, well boring And she ends up falling for the handsome actor Simon Russell, stirring up a storm in an otherwise mundane life While this means losing all the perks of a life among the upper echelons of society, and the love in his own way of a thoroughly decent man, what she gets in return isn t all she thinks it will be either But how does it all fare for Edith, when she realises you really can t have it all Alongside, we also get glimpses of our narrator s own life, love, and marriage This was indeed a compelling and enjoyable read Fellowes, speaking through our narrator s voice, knows the ins and outs of society and indeed about those who are trying so desperately to make a place for themselves in it with little clue as to how things work But there are moments where one does just a tiny bit like one is being lectured to though our narrator is never judgmental his observations are definitely sharp , but merely an observer for the most part though he finds himself involved than he d probably like at others The snobs themselves were surprising while Edith isn t their type and they know it and perhaps wouldn t have picked her to be part of their family, I thought their behaviour fairly welcoming once she was, certainly didn t pick on her to put it bluntly, and their worries about her fitting in with the kind of life they actually led versus what she dreamt of did have a point to them, as becomes clear when things move along Their lives certainly move along a different path than others and by an entirely different code, and that is what is intimidating, it is pretentious, and it of itself excludes everyone else no doubt that I don t deny and really when one thinks about it, each segment in society has its ways, its s, its culture however much we try to deny difference but unlike other reviewers, I really didn t feel that it presented them necessarily in negative light, satire though it may be meant to be I m not really trying to comment on the desirability of the whole set up, etc not defending nor praising it, simply saying it is what it is The plot itself kept me reading as well, wanting to see how things would turn out at the end, because here at least as in life, many times , it isn t all about happily ever after but about what one really wants in life, and what one must give up to have it May be I made it sound a touch dreary and serious but that it really isn t the issues it deals with may be that but the way it does is definitely not, and I had good fun reading it as I m sure will others.