Miss Buncle Married

Miss Buncle Married

Large Print - 2011
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Marriage to her publisher, Arthur Abbott, has done nothing to stop Barbara Buncle from involving herself in the lives of her neighbours. After leaving Silverstream and moving to London, Barbara and Arthur are enjoying their newly-wedded bliss, but not the city life. The only solution to their problem? Returning to the country. Silverstream is out of the question, but Barbara eventually finds the perfect candidate in the town of Wandlebury. After falling in love with the town, and the run-down Archway House, the Abbotts move in and make it their home. Barbara doesn't intend to get mixed up with those around her, again, but can't help falling into those scrapes, often with humorous consequences!
Publisher: Oxford : Isis, 2011.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780753185551
0753185555
Characteristics: 400 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.

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Apr 19, 2015

I disagree with previous comments. This book was better than the first and I was sad to see it end. The meddling stakes have been raised, and there are a lot of issues needing resolution. Characters are very strong and Charming. I didn't notice exceeding repetition, as it is often used for emphasis or for making a point. Remember, This was written in 1936, so some of The language is dated (Gadzooks!). I am looking forward to reading The next!

EuSei Sep 19, 2013

(I guess it is very difficult for some people to write a review without criticizing another post...) While I enjoyed Miss Buncle’s Book, it seems Mrs. Stevenson lost her touch with this one, the second of three books—the third one being The Two Mrs. Abbotts. It started quite well, though. There were some annoying characters, like the Marvell children; in one of the chapters they are described ad nausea and their exchanges, while they were funny for a while, became a bit tiresome, especially the scene where they describe their button collection. I jumped several paragraphs, going as far as passing entire pages without reading them. But one of the most irritating features of this book is the constant repetitions. For example: ”For Heaven’s sake, stop it!” he said, trying to speak quietly. “For Heaven’s sake, stop it, Dorcas!” Or here: “Oh, well,” said Jerry, smiling adoringly at her masterful young man, “Oh, well […].” Or this example: “If it’s Crichton,” said Sam grimly, and he rose to his feet, “if it’s Crichton […].” And this: “The beastly coward!” said Sam, angrily. “The beastly coward […].” After hundreds of these repetitions (and if you read the book you will find them easily enough!), I was ready to throw the book at the wall—since Mr. Stevenson was not available! It boggles my mind that Stevenson could be so brilliant at times, then go on an on with some silly, tiresome description. This did not happen in her prior book. It is interesting to notice that, if the books were published today, they would probably be called “Ms. Buncle’s Book” and “Ms. Buncle, Married”—which would make them ridiculous, since the woman was clearly not married—Miss, therefore—and then she married her editor—becoming naturally Mrs. Abbott. Thank God PC had not yet been adopted worldwide! (There was one character I wish had been developed: that of old Mrs. Thane. She had some very good lines, full of wisdom—so much so that I added one of her lines to the "Quotes.")

LaughingOne Mar 10, 2013

Not as good as "Miss Buncle's Book" -- I found it less charming less humourous, a bit too much inside Mr. Abbott's head. I am not inclined to read the third book in this little series.

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EuSei Jan 01, 2016

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EuSei Sep 19, 2013

In my youth it was the middle-aged who ruled and the young were 'young and foolish," and did not openly protest. But now, it is the other way about; the young think their elders foolish and make it very clear. I've sometimes wondered whether my generation was really foolish. A foolish generation sandwiched between two strong-minded clever generations, squashed between two mill-stones; over-ridden in youth by age; stamped upon in age by youth. And the next generation (the children of the people who are now young) what will they be like? (Mrs. Thane)

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