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If you could sum up Decline and Fall in three words, what would they be?
Quaint, clever, wry.
What did you like best about this story?
The narration is absolutely perfect and gave me so much more expressive characterisation than I'd have been able to conjure in my own head - thank you, Michael Maloney!
What does Michael Maloney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
It's honestly as if he wrote the novel himself, so perfectly does he capture each snort, sneer, grimace and tick - he narrates each character with a sort of audible physicality which makes it easy to visualise the characters, and it's laugh out loud stuff. It's ridiculous, it's over the top, and it's jolly good fun.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I found it very amusing, diverting, and just what I needed to wind down to each night for a week. Waugh's not to everyone's taste, but if you like a class-based period comedy, boom, here it is. They don't make 'em like this anymore...
Any additional comments?
I read that David Suchet will be appearing in a new TV adaptation, and I can see that working very well; having seen him as Lady Bracknell recently, he can do comedy brilliantly.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Thoroughly enjoyable book and wonderfully narrated by Michael Maloney who expertly brings the larger than life characters to life.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful