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she asked, grimacing at my half-pint of mild. "Why the hell don't you let yourself
go and have a decent drink?" "I've got a lousy head for spirits and things." "Mm,
that's worth knowing, eh?" She stared at me and began grinning. "What's the joke
"Who you staring at, I said." "I didn't think I was staring at anyone, I'm sorry." "Yes
you was." "All right then, if you must know, I was staring at you, and no wonder.
What of it?" I felt peevish and uncomfortable and perhaps a little lightheaded, and
She stood there grinning and blinking while the rest of us stared at her. "My God,
girl," my father said, "you'll wipe old Edie's eye in that rig-out." "Not too kind of
informal, is it, Dad?" Jean asked. "Certainly not. It's what the season requires.
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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