This satire on the British aristocracy, originally intended for publication in 1957, was suppressed by an aristocratic family because two of the main characters were modeled after its members. It portrays a day in the life of the Mackean family on and near their Scottish estate. Plot and characters as well as the objective "camera" style of writing put one in mind of Jean Renoir's film, The Rules of the Game. It is well written, but as a book intended for the 1950s reminiscent of British satire like Waugh's it will probably not have wide appeal. Notes on slang of the day would have made it more accessible. A necessary book, however, for larger modern British collections.
- Judy Mimken, Cardinal Strich Coll., Milwaukee
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British novelist Charteris cheerfully strips away upper-class pretensions and delivers acid, Evelyn Waugh-esque witticisms in this study of an aristocratic Scottish clan.
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