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Notwithstanding A funny and heartbreaking new book from one of Britain s favourite and bestselling writers Welcome to the village of Notwithstanding where a lady dresses in plus fours and shoots squirrels a retired

  • Title: Notwithstanding
  • Author: Louis de Bernières
  • ISBN: 9781846553301
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A funny and heartbreaking new book from one of Britain s favourite and bestselling writers Welcome to the village of Notwithstanding where a lady dresses in plus fours and shoots squirrels, a retired general gives up wearing clothes altogether, a spiritualist lives in a cottage with the ghost of her husband, and people think it quite natural to confide in a spider that liA funny and heartbreaking new book from one of Britain s favourite and bestselling writers Welcome to the village of Notwithstanding where a lady dresses in plus fours and shoots squirrels, a retired general gives up wearing clothes altogether, a spiritualist lives in a cottage with the ghost of her husband, and people think it quite natural to confide in a spider that lives in a potting shed Based on de Berni res recollections of the village he grew up in, Notwithstanding is a funny and moving depiction of a charming vanished England.

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    1. Sweet little book about a sweet little boy growing up in a sweet little olde English village full of ye olde English eccentrics both of the 'arrr I be's a peasant' to retired old colonel types. Life goes on with scarcely any changes for the modern era or even death. 'Sweet' here is like 'nice'. Good but not that good, just a bit better than middling. Worth reading if you haven't got anything better to do and one or two stories are outstanding but nowhere does it approach the genius of Captain Co [...]

    2. Absolutely delightful. Recollection of his life in the village he grew up, more a collection of vignettes than linked stories, each a glimpse of the wonderful characters that live within. A young boy, Robert who befriend an injured loon, nun who are such had drivers the villagers know to stay put of their way, a pit man, a mole man, an older gent losing his marbles who often forgets to put on his pants. Amusing, sad, humorous and all wonderful. An amazing amount of dogs, cats who specialize, you [...]

    3. One of maestro de Bernieres' later efforts, it contains mere sprinkles of his added element, that is magical realism a-la Britanica, and not the dollops that we are used to, such as in his lauded Latin American trilogy or his most famous novel, "Corelli's Mandolin."It is tough, though, not to feel a smidgen of disappointment because of this. This is like flat out perusing though sketches by Picasso at some dank gallery in Ft. Lauderdale, NOT like watching his masterworks stab you straight in the [...]

    4. I don't love short stories so I was hesitant to try this, but here we are presented with interconnected short stories about inhabitants of a small English village, so I figured it was worth a try! While the stories are interconnected in that the same characters reappear in the different tales, the book cannot be viewed as anything but a collection of diverse anecdotes; it lacks the cohesiveness of a novel. This book is a commentary on life in a small British village grounded on the author’s re [...]

    5. Notwithstanding is like a book of favourite poems to be read again and again. There is so much to this little book, so much heart and insight that you will be thinking of its characters and its truths long after you have put it down.Beautifully written, it's the life of a country village with all its quirks and eccentrics from "the last peasant", Archie the obsessive black retriever, to the lady who wears plus-fours and shoots squirrels with a 12-bore and to those who talk to George the spider. [...]

    6. "The England that the English used to love, when England was still loved by the English."​"Notwithstanding", a collection of interconnected short stories, by Louis de Bernieres, is an utter delight! Almost every story could begin with "Once upon a time" This is the kind of book you want to read between "tomes", much like the stories of Alexander McCall Smith. Immerse yourself in Notwithstanding village and "The England that the English used to love, when England was still loved by the English. [...]

    7. I feel like I have just come back from a short holiday in Notwithstanding. I simply loved this book and I do feel quite refreshed upon finishing it. In the afterword of the book, I have found what I already know will be one of my favourite quotes, and one of those the best describing British (in my foreign view anyway). The best thing about it is that it is the Briton's comment about the Brits (despite his very misleading French surname):"Britain really is an immense lunatic asylum. We have a ve [...]

    8. After being supremely disappointed by A Partisan's Daughter, I was very pleasantly surprised by de Bernières' latest offering. Perhaps because many of the short stories in this collection were written years ago and published elsewhere, they felt as if they fit in the same vein as the South American trilogy and Captain Corelli's Mandolin. This is a good thing. In Notwithstanding, de Bernières has seemingly recaptured his form and the reader is treated to an intoxicating blend of the mystical an [...]

    9. I will begin with stating that I have never read anything by de Bernières, I am American, and I am just thirty years old. So the appeal of Notwithstanding in terms of its nostalgia and mirror to a part of England's past in its more provincial areas completely eludes me. I happened to come across this title, and it generally is not something to my taste or interest, so I didn't expect it to do much for me.That said, I was pleasantly surprised by the detailed, woven stories of the inhabitants of [...]

    10. ‘Notwithstanding’ is the name of a mythical English village, the name picked because the village life is notwithstanding. A set of interconnected stories show us the lives of the various village eccentrics as their way of life dies off. Some have the feel of fairy tale or fable; others are vignettes. Several characters show up multiple times; the most common is the boy Robert, who rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned birds, including a talking rook named Lizzie, and catches a legen [...]

    11. If you want an accurate description of 'Middle England' then this is it. I originally picked this up from the library and read it in a day, but then went out to by a physical copy because I knew I'd read it over and over again! This is the most charming book you could possibly find on a bookshelf. It tells the story of English village Notwithstanding, through a series of different stories from the various inhabitants. What I like a lot about this book is that De Bernieres didn't feel the need to [...]

    12. I originally picked up this book because de Bernieres' quote in Captain Corelli's Mandolin about love and the difference between love and being in love was (and, if I'm being honest, remains) one of my favorites. Then I saw The Guardian's review on the cover - "Reading this collection is rather like being wrapped in a tartan blanket and handed a nice mug of cocoa" - and I was sold. Probably unsurprisingly, I highly recommend snuggling up with these stories about the villagers of Notwithstanding. [...]

    13. At first I thought this was rather a light weight book, but it is the cumulative effect of all of the episodes that create its effect. The quality of the stories is not consistent, but they are all enjoyable. The book reaches its peak with several stories in the middle such as "footprint in the snow", "the happy death of the general" and at the end with "the broken heart" and "the death of miss Agatha Feakes". I thought "Rabbit" especially good. There are a couple stories of a lower standard, bu [...]

    14. Always a sucker for anything from Louis de Bernieres. This is such a charming collection. Sort of an English Lake Wobegone, filled with humour and pathos. Love the characters and I especially enjoy the little references buried in one story, referring to another. Another favorite is the recurring "sight" gag of the ditchman, forever scrutinizing his latest find. This is a gem and just what I needed in these turbulent times.

    15. This is an excellent book. I have not been so excited about a book and wished to recommend it to so many people since the Potato Peel Society. Please read it, even if you are not a de Bernieres fan. Tear jerking, laugh out loud funny, cringeworthy - wonderful.

    16. The best bit of this book was the Afterword: “There was a long period during which I persuaded myself into believing that my childhood was a rural idyll.” Inspired by the Surrey village in which he grew up, de Bernieres has created a work of nostalgia - not just about an England that has vanished, but also about an England that continues to exist but is somehow overlooked or disregarded. The book is a series of interconnected short stories, with some recurring characters. The tone of the sto [...]

    17. I didn't buy this book for myself -- it was a present. And I bristled when I glanced at a few GR reviews which said, "If you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, you'll like this." Ugh. I'd also tried and failed to read Captain Corelli's Mandolin some years ago.Verdict: don't read this book at one sitting, or you'll feel sick from an overdose of cute. But for dipping into, reading one or two stories at a time, I enjoyed it. It may seem overly fey, but actually if you've lived [...]

    18. "Britain really is an immense lunatic asylum."So writes the author in the afterword of this collection of eccentric stories about eccentric people living in an eccentric village. The author is right, of course, but I feel like the same could be said of any town (or, writ large, any large metropolitan area), at least in the Western Hemisphere, where our relative wealth and freedoms allow us the the ability to express our eccentricities. The inescapable fact is, we are all of us eccentric, with ou [...]

    19. I read Louis de Bernières' works out of respect for Captain Corelli's Mandolin, though none other book has ever been quite so exquisite. This is no exception. Sentimental at times to a fault, this idyllic collection of stories is a nice read but not much more though in places the writing is very beautiful. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of animal interactions frequent throughout. Perhaps the nature of the little stories inhibited my opportunity to connect with his characters but too of [...]

    20. This is one of my favourite authors and so I'm not surprised to have loved this, his latest novel. A Frenchman once pointed out to de Bernieres that Britain was the most exotic country in Europe and this sent him off on a journey of recollection. He grew up in what people call an idyllic country village which is in fact a community of eccentric people and landscape. He says in the afterword " On reflection I realised that I had set so many of my novels and stories abroad, because custom had prev [...]

    21. I have a confession to make: I spent my childhood in the late 60s and early 70s about half-an-hour's drive away from the fictitious village of Notwithstanding's real-life inspiration (Wormley, south of Guildford and the Hog's Back.) So I was pre-disposed to enjoy these tales of a lost world of rhododendrons, shillings and English eccentrics.'Notwithstanding' is a collection of inter-linked stories about the inhabitants of an English village: human, furred and feathered. Set mainly in the mid 20t [...]

    22. I love stories about England's villages. Stories by Miss Read, E.F. Benson, and now Louis de Berniere's novel about the village of Notwithstanding. Wonderful quirky and enjoyable characters in sometimes hysterical situations, and some sad and touching ones. I love Bugger one and Bugger two . Bugger one is a story about a bird, a Rook with violet eyes, that was adopted by a family. Bugger two is a tale about a man who wanted a putting green in his backyard and had a problem with moles. Then there [...]

    23. This is a collection of short stories, essays really, about a village in Surrey where the author grew up. One might well say, oh yes, very nice, but more of the same. In a way they are; it's an English village, after all. What sets it aside, though, is the author's gift for describing both the most commonplace and the most eccentric characters imaginable, with the utmost charm. While each story tells about a particular incident, people and past events weave through them all in a manner that is p [...]

    24. A quiet little book, very charming, possibly a little twee but an object lesson in how to make small things fascinating. De Berneires has a lovely spare style that doesn't make itself too obvious. Easy to read but as they are short stories (even if they all feed into each other) they are better read over a series of short sittings like train journeys. He aims to and suceeds in showing English country life in all it beauty and horror, in all it ordianry and extraordinariness. The stories about th [...]

    25. Louis, Louis, Louis - I know you are a genius Louis, but this is like a shite chick lit that you get free with a mag on a plane. According to reviews you should read this if you like 'quirky little stories', although quirky to me means bit eccentric, exciting - it seemed to me that every story in this book was about someone dying! Well that's cheery. This book should be reserved for dental waiting rooms only.

    26. Like the proverbial curate's egg, this was good in parts. I grew up in the English countryside in the seventies and reognised a number of the characters within the stories. The gentle humour, sometimes tinged with something darker, suited the subject matter. However, some of the stories were simply too weak, or in one or two cases, too predictable. This detracted from the book as a whole. Very disappointing from the man who wrote "Birds Without Wings", an undoubted masterpiece.

    27. This book is a collection of inter-linked short stories revolving around a fictional English village, Notwithstanding, and its eccentric inhabitants, it will make you cry from laughter as it will break your heart. Having only read "Corelli's Mandolin" and "Birds Without Wings" by Louis de Bernieres, I was really shocked as I went through the pages of this book, it's very well written, but it's not de Bernieres!

    28. Parts of this book are good, there are some funny passages and also some great characters but, I found this too whimsical and lightweight. I accept that this is a matter of personal taste. Overall it left me cold. I would have awarded 2.5 stars if I could.Do not be put off reading L de B's other books. They are very good indeed.

    29. Skvělé postřehy, např.:Máme velmi pružnou představu o tom, co je normální. Jsme v některých ohledech zkostnatělí a formální, ale věříme v právo na výstřednost, pokud jsou ty výstřednosti dost velké. K těm malým nejsme zdaleka tak tolerantní. Běda vám, když držíte špatně nůž, ale je vám přáno, pokud nosíte bederní roušku a žijete na stromě.

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