Miss Buncle's Book by D. E. Stevenson

By D. E. Stevenson

Who Knew One booklet can cause lots Chaos?

Barbara Bunde is in a bind. instances are harsh, and Barbara's checking account has visible higher days. probably she might promote a unique ... if she knew any tales. Stumped for concepts, Barbara attracts concept from her fellow citizens of Silverstream, the little English village she is aware inside of and out.

To her shock, the unconventional is a wreck. It's an excellent factor she wrote less than a pseudonym, as the fogeys of Silverstream are in an uproar. yet what particularly turns leave out Bunde's international round is that this: what occurs to the characters in her ebook starts off taking place to their real-life opposite numbers. Does lifestyles relatively imitate art?

A loved writer who has bought greater than seven million books, D. E. Stevenson is at her top with pass over Buncle's e-book, crafting a hugely unique and captivating story approximately what occurs whilst humans see themselves via somebody else's eyes.

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In this novel Widmerpool’s insatiable quest for power and status latches on to the new social movements of the 1960s, with the inevitable consequence that these are tainted by his lack of integrity. Powell’s conservative comic mood, in 24 The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Fiction, 1950–2000 alliance with the social status quo, is here revealed more directly than elsewhere in the sequence. The static conservative overview of Powell indicates that alternative fictional strategies were needed to register adequately the implications of the new social movements.

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