Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

  • THE BOOK
    • Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
    • Published July 5, 2016
    • Other works by author include the books Snobs and Past Imperfect, the screenplay for the film "Gosford Park" and the TV series "Downton Abbey".

  • THE PREMISE
    • At the great ball of the Duchess of Richmond's home which occurred in June 1815 the night before the Battle of Waterloo, a nouveau riche family's fate is inextricably entwined with that of an aristocratic family.
    • After a brief scene at this ball the story shifts almost 30 years ahead to the early 1840s where the rest of the story takes place.
    • The scions of the two families are threatened by the appearance of a young man named Charles Pope, raised outside of London by his minister father and his wife.
    • Belgravia is a fancy section of London with ritzy homes.

  • MY THOUGHTS
    • According to the book blurb I thought the main character would be the daughter of the nouveau riche family but it turned out to be her mother Anne and the matriarch of the aristocratic family, Lady Brockenhurst, who were the main characters as well as the aforementioned Charles Pope.
    • Secondary characters cause much trouble and all is resolved happily by the end.
      • I noticed that some reviewers didn't like how neatly and quickly all is wrapped up but I think this is to be expected from Julian Fellowes so it didn't bother me. I was more disappointed that the June 1815 section of the story is only about a chapter long!
    • Given Fellowes popularity from "Downton Abbey" I wonder how long it will be before this becomes a "Masterpiece Theatre" show!
    • Recommended for those who enjoyed "Downton Abbey" --- there are servants involved in the story, just like in "Downton" --- and anyone who likes stories that take place in London in the 19th Century.

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