24 December 2009

The Dower-House; Annabel Davis-Goff

The Dower House The Dower House by Annabel Davis-Goff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An Aga-saga, this time set in mid-century Ireland. The author does a great job detailing the decline of the Anglo-Irish way of life: the set rituals, the delicate class prejudices and structure (who knew about pearls and paste?), the slow seeping of change. This is one of those leave-it-to-your imagination books, where the ending is a gentle glide rather than a full stop.

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