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Mrs. Fytton's Country Life
Mrs. Fytton's Country Life | Mavis Cheek
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The best-selling British novel takes a humorous swipe at marriage, social conventions, and the male animal as it follows the trials and tribulations of wonderwife and supermother Angela Fytton, who has been unceremoniously dumped by a husband for a younger woman. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
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I expected to love this novel because at the outset the humor seemed delightfully cheeky! (Pun intended) 😢 Sadly, there was something about the writing that felt disjointed and I couldn‘t find the flow. I got almost 3/4 of the way thru and skipped to the last chapter to see if I could tell where the MC ends up. Seems a rather morally dubious ending. @Jess_Read_This

Ruthiella You gave it a fair chance. 2mo
Tamra @Ruthiella could have been wrong time. Just never know! 2mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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LeahBergen Well, I‘m unstacking it now! 😆 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear !! Still, when you‘ve got to bail you‘ve got to bail 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Jess_Read_This Oh yes. The ending was not good! 1mo
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Oh my, if this is any indication I‘m going to love the humor of this one!

Aimeesue Really, it saves you a lot of trouble in the long run 😂 3mo
jlhammar Ha, that‘s great! 3mo
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 3mo
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BethM 😂 3mo
CarolynM 🤣 Stacked! 3mo
LeahBergen I need to stack it, too! 😆 3mo
batsy 😆 That opening paragraph sounds great, too! 3mo
BookNAround This one has been sitting on my tbr shelves for a decade or more. This is inspiring me to pull it off though! 3mo
Jess_Read_This 😂 How are you liking it so far? 3mo
Tamra @Jess_Read_This I haven‘t properly started it yet bc I have a work bookclub novel checked out. I‘d rather be reading Mavis! 3mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra I‘ve been in that bookish predicament before! 😂 3mo
Cathythoughts Love it 🤣 2mo
Tamra @Aimeesue @jlhammar @Ruthiella @BethM @CarolynM @LeahBergen @batsy @BookNAround @Cathythoughts I think this one is likely to be right up our collective reading alley! 😊 I haven‘t been able to start it yet, but soon. 2mo
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4⭐️ The “tragic comedic elements often found in domestic relationships” (Guardian quote from her obituary) were indeed present in this novel. I found the writing acerbically funny, entertaining (see scene where teenagers throw house party), and reflective on stages of moving on in relationships. That being said, the ending disappointed me. To be fair, Mrs Fytton was always clear on her end aim. I, the reader, just didn‘t believe her.

Jess_Read_This Link to the Guardian obituary if anyone is interested: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/jul/04/mavis-cheek-obituary 3mo
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Currently reading. My first Mavis Cheek novel and at 33 pages in, I know I‘ll be seeking out her others. Her writing so far is clever and relatable. Any one else read her novels and enjoy her work?


rubyslippersreads I‘ve only read this one, but definitely want to read more. 3mo
Tamra I‘ve not tried any, will check it out! 3mo
quietjenn Oo, I don't know her at all! 3mo
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batsy Haven't heard of her! This sounds delightful. 3mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been meaning to try one of her books for ages! 3mo
Jess_Read_This @rubyslippersreads the ending irked me. After all of her growth and learning. I mean, she taught herself how to make ale from hundreds year old diary.. and it was good ale. Planted a herb garden successfully with her two hands. Raised chickens. Traveled to South American for Christmas. Seemingly building a life for herself… and she becomes her ex husbands mistress in the end. I slammed the book shut. 3mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra @quietjenn @batsy @LeahBergen Don‘t read my spoiler comment above. It will ruin the novel. But I hope you all read it because I‘m dying to rehash the book and its ending! I thought it was very well written, acerbically funny, quirky characters, and not at all domestically driven as I expected. The Guardian called her writing tragic comedy (paraphrasing) but I can see it in this novel? 3mo
Jess_Read_This “Her novels celebrate her affection for the absurd alongside the tragic-comedic elements often found in domestic relationships – usually ones that disappointed” this is the Guardian quote about her writing in her obituary. 3mo
Tamra @Jess_Read_This now I‘m really intrigued! I will try to find a copy. Edit - just ordered from the library. 😊 (edited) 3mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on it. And to be able to talk about the ending. Which I guess that makes it a pretty decent novel if I‘m still mulling the ending over the next day? 3mo
rubyslippersreads For anyone who has Kindle Unlimited, most of her books (including this one) seem to be available there. I think that‘s how I discovered her. 3mo
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When your current read references your previous read. 😊

saresmoore I love it! 6y
LeahBergen Oooh! 👏🏻👏🏻 6y
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