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"Well, wouldn't it be a help, John, to know the kind of man the Committee wants to
appoint, and that kind of thing? The kind of questions they're apt to ask on these
occasions, what they expect, and so on?" "Yes, I'm sure it would." "I've heard ...
I wondered if this kind of woman would still be having this kind of effect on me
when I'd reached the age of eighty, say. Fifty-four years was a long time to wait for
a spot of peace and quiet. "I'm very much looking forward to having a . . . chat with
"Waiting never did this kind of thing any good, you know." "Don't say that, there's
a good girl. It's just that things aren't too bright at home." "I'm sorry to hear that, but
you'll just have to wear it, won't you? Don't forget you've committed yourself.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nigeyb - LibraryThing
Very readable, albeit with an implausible upbeat ending. This book reminded me a bit of the John Updike Rabbit books. From what I recall, they also featured a central character who was unsure about ... Read full review
THAT UNCERTAIN FEELINGUser Review - Kirkus
A second book from one of the young English novelists (Lucky Jim was the first) continues his prodding of pomp and many circumstances, of upper class apings and ossified institutionalism. This takes ... Read full review