2016: 45.-46. Thirkelling, Again

Lord know, I know that I’m testing the patience of any readers of this blog with my obsessive Thirkelling, which is of literally no interest to anyone but me.  But I can’t stop reading them, and I’ve just come to terms with the Toryism, and am snuggling into the snapshot of a lifestyle, the romances, and the problems that just are not that problematic (how will we keep our mansion! where will we find servants! Oh NOES).

“About half way between Little Misfit and High Rising the pleasant village of Hatch End, close under the steep downland, straggles along one side of the river Rising, separated from it by the road and the water-meadows.”

Peace Breaks Out, Angela Thirkell

In this one, as you might imagine, Peace Breaks Out! VE Day, VJ Day, the whole nine yards. The characters are ridiculous about it, as if we are supposed to believe that anyone, even the dread Tories were annoyed by the end of the War.  But no matter. The real plot is about a flurry of crushes, and loves, and finally, engagements.  And it’s quite a fun one, because it calls back quite a bit to Wild Strawberries, which is the book that started this whole thing for me.  And David Graham is causing as much trouble now as he was all those years ago - before Rose Bingham takes him in hand, and Anne Fielding is sweet on Robin Dale, and so on and so forth…  I mean, look, I’m pretty deep in the weeds with this Bartsetshire thing, but this is a pretty fun romantic fiction read, I think.  

“As it is some time since we were in Hatch End, we will take this opportunity of reminding our Reader (the one who says our books are so nice because it doesn’t matter which you read or where you open it because they are all exactly the same - as indeed they are, with a difference) that is is a small village in the valley of Rising, which here flows through water-meadows.”

Enter Sir Robert, Angela Thirkell

Oh, I am exactly the reader in the parenthetical! The books are so nice because it doesn’t matter which you read or in what order! They are all exactly the same with small plot differences that matter only if you read them, and are of no interest to the reader of this blog. Honestly, at this point, I’m basically just writing for myself so I can sort of remember which one was which if I ever re-read, or do a Thirkell project, or just need to know in which book Anne Fielding got engaged versus which one Emmy Graham came into her own, etc.  Here, we are dealing with the Grahams, again (of Wild Strawberries fame).  Edith Graham is growing up, and becoming a lady (instead of a hoyden), and men are noticing! Sounds like not much of a story, but I was reasonably interested.  Stockholm Syndrome, I’m sure, but I am sorry to tell you readers, I intend to continue Thirkelling until I’ve read them all.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017