Queen Lucia

Queen Lucia This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers You may find it for free on the web Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery

  • Title: Queen Lucia
  • Author: E.F. Benson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers You may find it for free on the web Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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      Edward Frederic E F Benson was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer.

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    • Darlings, you simply must visit Riseholme. It's just the most precious 1920s English village that you ever could see. Delightful! Decadent! Devious! Demented! Delicious!Riseholme is ruled by its very own doyenne of style and taste and class, one Emmeline Lucia Lucas. She utterly commands the village, an ever-benevolent dictator over all things that truly matter. Her right-hand "man" is Georgie, a bachelor of means and of a certain age, a faithful lieutenant whose extensive time spent in Lucia's [...]

    • This book is my cure for the doldrums -- a comic masterpiece. Granted, it helps to be an anglophile and a bit of a misanthrope to boot, but the antics of the villagers of Riseholme, led (or dominated) by the immortal Lucia always make me realize just how absurdly delicious life can be. Once a Luciaphile, always a Luciaphile. It's a select but oddly inclusive group, I've found over the years. Most of my closest friends are Benson devotees. And those folks who aren't? Well, let's just say I don't [...]

    • My introduction to the world of E.F. Benson's Mapp & Lucia novels was via the BBC TV adaptation broadcast in the UK in late December 2014. E.F. Benson's Mapp & Lucia novels were also recommended to me on GoodReads. I am writing this review having just finished Queen Lucia, the first book in the Mapp and Lucia series. The novels, in chronological order, are:Queen Lucia (1920)Miss Mapp (1922)Lucia in London (1927)Mapp and Lucia (1931)Lucia's Progress (1935) (published in the US as Trouble [...]

    • I read all of the Lucia books when I was 13 and thought they were so funny. I remember laughing out loud quite a bit. This time around I still enjoyed Queen Lucia, but not as much, and I'm not sure why. It was all very witty and amusing, but I found myself a little bored. Also, the silly factor, which I thought was so funny when I was younger, grated on me a bit. Maybe I'm just jaded now! Solid three stars for me this time.

    • I’m not quite sure how I have managed to make it to my advanced age without ever having read any of E F Benson’s Mapp and Lucia books - but there it is. I am now delightedly anticipating the remaining books I have to look forward to. I actually read this first book in Volume one of the Wordsworth classics The Complete Mapp and Lucia – which contains the first three novels. I like to spread out such delicious treats however, so I have decided to read (and review) each book separately – al [...]

    • 3.5“Hitum, Titum and Scrub”Don’t you just love discovering new books with charming characters. I’d never heard of Lucia, or indeed Benson, and it is with surprise that I entered the leisurely enclave of Risholme. Its inhabitants are a delight of caricature of wealthy England between the wars. The author offers us colourful characters, from Lucia, our social prima donna, to her cohort consisting of her husband Peppino and friend Georgie, ruling over the rest of the village. But of course [...]

    • These days, most of us (ahem, myself included) can only imagine what a lotus-eating life of indolence and leisure, with days spent eating, reading, playing cards and listening to music, must be like. But thanks to E.F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia books, we have a good idea of what such an existence must have been like in provincial middle England in the 1920s and 1930s. I have been a fan of these books for years. They are surely amongst the funniest novels in the English language. They are gentle sa [...]

    • Emmeline (Lucia) Lucas wants nothing more than to rule over her friends and neighbours in the Elizabethan village of Riseholme. This novel is the first in a series featuring ‘Queen Lucia’ and introduces us to the characters and settings where the books are set. Published in 1920, the story begins with Lucia returning from London and looking forward to her pursuit of Art for Art’s sake. Riseholme is her own, personal fiefdom, where she reigns supreme with no poverty, discontent or upheaval. [...]

    • "The hours of the morning between breakfast and lunch were the time which the inhabitants of Riseholme chiefly devoted to spying on each other." Now these are my kind of people! Hilarious - life in "backwater" England with a flair unmatched. yoga to opera to seances, the jockeying of the village's inhabitants to hold onto (or pilfer) their "next great thing" is well worth reading. Laughing loudly in public places while reading thisI'm re-reading Queen Lucia since I got my hands on the complete c [...]

    • 4.5 stars Nadia May does a marvelous narration of this satire of the social maneuvers in English village life during the 1920s. If you like Gaskell's Cranford, you will probably enjoy this.

    • First novel in his Lucia series that has been praised since it was published. It's just an exquisite portrait of a society where pretentiousness, fake emotion, fake culture are the norm. A wonderful satirical view of a class of people that are still very much alive today. Human nature doesn't change that much. Best example the poor Mrs Quantock and her addiction to fads from yoga to medium to Christian diet and so on. There is no real plot but the incisive portraits of the people inhabiting this [...]

    • The first of half a dozen books in the Lucia series, a gentle (though hardly subtle) satire of English small country town life in the 1920s. The first volume introduces the handful of main characters, their milieu and pretensions - among the most absurdly memorable is the classification of formality of dress into "hightum, tightum and scrub" (fully formal dress, fancy dress for more ordinary occasions and relatively casual), the appropriate designation printed on party invitations on so on.Thoug [...]

    • Queen Lucia is the comic period novel for those who shy away from the genre. It's perfect for anyone who's cynically observed Queen Bees at work in any era.Queen Lucia operates as a delicious satire on two levels: Yes, the novel paints a particularly stinging picture of the social climbing of the British upper middle classes in the period between the World Wars. Our protagonist, E.F. Benson's Emmeline Lucas -- referred to as Queen Lucia behind her back -- considers herself "high-priestess at eve [...]

    • It’s such a pencil-thin line this novel treads, so it’s no small accomplishment that it makes it from the first to the last page while scarcely a foot put wrong. At the centre of the book’s world is the title character, Lucia, queen of all she surveys. She’s a vain, pretentious, snobbish, selfish, passive-aggressive, over-bearing lady who reacts with extra-ordinary rudeness when she doesn’t get her own way. The book acknowledges all these flaws, it advertises them, blows them up large [...]

    • I'm sad because I didn't love this. Both women are so unpleasant. I do realize that they're supposed to be comic characters, but this just didn't work for me at this time. I'm going to watch the BBC series and see if that helps.

    • If I'd read this first, I doubt I'd have gone on to discover Benson's masterpiece 'Mapp and Lucia'; but doing it out of sequence after having loved Mapp and Lucia so deeply made this a pretty disappointing read too - catch 22. Some funny situations and dialogue, and it was interesting to see the characters of Lucia and (gay-gay-flamingly-gay) Georgie in inchoate form. But this did not fit together into a memorable whole. Read Mapp and Lucia instead!

    • Emmeline Lucas - you may call her Lucia (pronounced loo-CHEE-ah, of course) - rules the upper-class social roost of the small English town of Riseholme in the care-free time between world wars. Not everyone is perfectly content with this pecking order though and some yearn for the chance to upend her domination. This book sort of plays out like Dangerous Liaisons well, except minus the liaisons for the most and nothing is really dangerous and the ending is happily tied up but still!In this book [...]

    • I can't remember why I downloaded this book from the Guttenberg Project, I must have read about it somewhere, but I'd had it for ages before I got around to reading it.It was surprisingly good, about a small village community where one very snobby lady, who thinks rather a lot of herself, likes to rule the roost.This is the story of how her plans to always be at the centre of things can sometimes become somewhat unstuck.It's full of interesting and quirky characters, some of whom I really liked, [...]

    • May I introduce the indomitable Mrs. Philip Lucas, known to her subjects as "Lucia", the unrivaled Queen of Riseholme society, and future conqueress of Miss Elizabeth Mapp, Queen of Tilling? To read this book for the first time is to embark on a magnificent obsession, as it's the first of many novels concerning the adventures and intrigues of Lucia and her devoted aide de camp, Mr. Georgie Pilson. I've read the series countless times, and it never palls.

    • My goodness, some of those English village society ladies in the 1920s are snobbish and they sure made for a fun read. This is a new series for me and it was a bit cumbersome in the writing style but still an enjoyable book to read. I'm listening to the second book Miss Mapp and it is really charming and delightful.

    • What fun!Written in 1920 and set in fictional Riseholme (but based on Rye or Hastings? Jen will confirm ;-) in South England; starring the delightful Lucia and her BFF George. Who embroiders. He was a hoot. They all are!Don't tell my mother-in-law, but Mrs Quantock reminds me of her. And the lozenges she begins consuming at the end of the book will surely make her grow 2-6". The many testimonials say; it must be so!Good news: There are more of these and there are also British telly adaptations ( [...]

    • A lovely comic novel about middle-class people attempting to pass for upper class and rich people with too much money and time on their hands getting involved with charlatans in the form of: Indian gurus, Russian mediums, weird religions and fake cures. I kept hoping for someone with common sense, but only one came along, Olga, an opera singer from a poor background.

    • i knew about e.f. benson because ben had read some of his ghost stories, and i am wont to read ghost stories just about any where i can get my hands on them. it is not at all astonishing that i would read, for example, a collection of edith wharton ghost stories after i had forsworn reading any more of her novels (for the foreseeable future) because every time i read one i am even more depressed than i was when i started, and that is not why i want to read. that i feel that wharton's novels are [...]

    • Free download available at Project Gutenberg. Opening lines:Though the sun was hot on this July morning Mrs Lucas preferred to cover the half-mile that lay between the station and her house on her own brisk feet, and sent on her maid and her luggage in the fly that her husband had ordered to meet her. After those four hours in the train a short walk would be pleasant, but, though she veiled it from her conscious mind, another motive, sub-consciously engineered, prompted her action. It would, of [...]

    • As Lucia would say “quello di un bel libro”.Loved this book, very amusing and on occasions very politically incorrect.The story of middle class Mrs. Lucas, and her attempts to rule over the social scene in the village of Riseholme is a joy to read. The plot is virtually irrelevant; it is the constant one upmanship and subsequent falls that keeps the story going. The characters, in particular Mrs. Lucas (Lucia) and Georgie, are so well drawn that they feel alive, and you can clearly visualise [...]

    • I'm not sure I can explain why Lucia is so amusing. She's a pretentious social climber, and in real life she'd annoy the hell out of anyone. I suppose the appeal lies in how far removed the novel is from any reality I've ever known: married well-off couples who putter about getting into trouble but don't need to worry about money, or health, or children, or anything meaningful. That, and an emphasis on real estate. The Lucia novels are as unreal as his ghost stories, but just as firmly rooted in [...]

    • I recently discovered this series of book by E.F. Benson about Lucia. The books were written in the 1920's but are SO much fun to read. I am just waiting for my friends to fall in love with this series of books like I have so that we can discuss her!

    • The Lucia series, beginng with "Queen" is a brilliant evocation of post WW1 upper middle class England, as well as a painfully right- on character study of Lucia and her court. Not to mention that it is an instant mood changer. It's very hard to stay unhappy when you are laughing out loud.

    • While I have read this book at least once a year for the last two decades I never cease to find some new delight in the writing and with the characters around whom this book focuses. Having arrived once again at the last page I could hardly wait to move on to Miss Mapp.[1] Several chapters into Miss Mapp I put the book down and started to think about the similarities and differences between these two books and the impact of the 1985 British television series or public perceptions of the series, [...]

    • It's been years since I first visited the idyllic village of Riseholme and it's queen and arbiter of all things artistic, Mrs. Lucia Lucas; I fell in love with her and the busy, gossiping denizens of Riseholme and then Tilling, Lucia's next home. I've collected all the books and decided it was well past time for a reread!Lucia rules with an iron fist wrapped in velvet; it is for her to ruthlessly decide what is culturally and artistically acceptable, and she relishes her absolute sovereignty. Wh [...]

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