Return to Book Page. The Brother Of Daphne 3. In this, Yates' earliest collection of stories, we first meet the Pleydell clan and encounter their high-spirited comic adventures. It is a world of Edwardian gentility and accomplished farce that brought the author instant fame when the stories appeared singly in Windsor Magazine.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Mar 19, Jemma rated it it was ok. I recently discovered that my grandmother who died when I was only 4 liked these books and given that I never got to have an adult conversation with her, I thought I would try a "Berry" book. Well, this is sub-Woodhouse stuff.
There is the occasional amusing bit but largely it is dated in it's humour, not a little sexist and generally the characters have quite unattractive attitudes. The characters would've moved in similar social circles to those in Brideshead and yet y Sadly a disappointment. The characters would've moved in similar social circles to those in Brideshead and yet you don't feel for them or get inside their heads in the same way. Essentially, you wouldn't be upset if this lot were executed by Soviets, whereas you would care about Charles Ryder, Julia Flyte or Bertie Wooster.
The best parts are incidental details such as new stations being opened as opposed to closed ; travel through Europe and inparticular Munich on the eve of Nazism and peculiarities of speech and manners. Sep 04, Neil rated it liked it. This Dornford Yate's first book is comparable to Wodehouse, at least it's comparable to the Wodehouse of Fifteen stories narrated by "Boy" Pleydell in each of which he falls for a different girl in a different unlikely situation. The stories are all good, but a certain sameness does quickly creep in, the be This Dornford Yate's first book is comparable to Wodehouse, at least it's comparable to the Wodehouse of The stories are all good, but a certain sameness does quickly creep in, the best are the first two "Punch and Judy" and "Clothes and the man.
A story of bright young things tearing around the countryside in their Rolls, having many adventures and being witty and amusing. The most terrible thing that happens to them is losing their cook, but there are clouds on the horizon, they may have to pay income tax. Separate stories in each chapter, mainly brother meeting sweet gorgeous women and fllrting with them.
Lovely settings, cars, with a life of leisure and luxury. Berry has dry wit as usual.
Very gentle and nice escapism. Dec 23, Hilary rated it liked it Shelves: I love the characters and the writing, but there's a certain sameness to the stories.
I much prefer the stories with more variety in the plots and the mysteries! Gill rated it it was ok Oct 10, May not post to Russian Federation - Read item description or contact seller for postage options.
This title is one I read many years ago and enjoyed it again. The most terrible thing that happens to them is losing their cook, but there are clouds on the horizon, they may have to pay income tax. Get an immediate offer. I shall not purchase any more in this format. No additional import charges on delivery.
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Daphne is â€˜well-born, elegant, beautiful, and not especially brightâ€™. In this, Yatesâ€™ earliest The Brother Of Daphne. B-Berry Pleydell. Dornford Yates. Editorial Reviews. Review. A book of the most agreeable nonsensePunch. About the Author The Brother of Daphne (B-Berry Pleydell) by [Yates, Dornford] .
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