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Back in July I reviewed "The Heyday" by Bamber Gascoigne, and you can find the review on LibraryThing as well as on my assorted blogs. However, I had to be careful about spoilers in the review, which prevented me from discussing it in as much depth as I'd like. Since at least one of my friends has now read it as well, I'm opening a comments thread for spoilerific discussion of the book. I hope to be back later today with my own more detailed thoughts, but comments are welcome now if anyone wants to start the ball rolling.

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Date: 2010-08-21 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stevie-carroll.livejournal.com
I think my condensed review would be 'a bunch of unlikeable people turn out to be unreliable narrators'. I'd guessed that Meredith would turn out to be more than he appeared but I didn't expect quite so many twists at the end.

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Date: 2010-08-22 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stevie-carroll.livejournal.com
The end of the story is, alas, a sad one for the gay couple. But it's not in a "gays can't have a happy ending" way, simply a reflection on what happened to Edwardians during the Great War.

I think that was the only way their story could have ended in the context. Both because of the high chance that it would have happened taht way, and to have a reason for Meredith to be part of the household.

On a related note, I'm wondering whether Benjy was completely unaware of Meredith's sexuality because of the status difference, or whether it was a result of their respective personalities. This thought-process being particularly relevant when considering the attitude of my later C20th characters towards the concept of their (former) servants having a life that doesn't revolve around the family.

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Date: 2010-08-31 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stevie-carroll.livejournal.com
More well thought-out analysis there, nevermind about the wait. Those are all perfectly understandable reasons for Benji's thought processes, especially when put together. I need to ponder this more...

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