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READ ✓ Manservant and Maidservant Ê At once the strangest and most marvelous of Ivy Compton Burnett's fictions Manservant and Maidservant has for its subject the domestic life of Horace Lamb sadist skinflint and tyrant But it is when Horace undergoes an altogether unforeseeable change of heart that the real difficulties begin Is the repentant Ies begin Is the repentant master a victim along with the former slave And how can anyone endure the memory of the wrongs that have been done. This book first published in 1947 is set at least 50 years earlier and focuses narrowly on one family with a rather tyrannical father their neglected children their servants and a very small number of friends The story is mainly told through dialogue and that with the limited number of characters and settings makes it seem almost like reading a play The dialogue is clever in a witty way and reuires a certain amount of concentration I liked it a lot and I think I will enjoy of her books It's a pity they are now out of fashion and some are out of print

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At once the strangest and most marvelous of Ivy Compton Burnett's fictions Manservant and Maidservant has for its subject the domestic life o. Rating NO stars of fiveBkC9 Next to SONS AND LOVERS the worst most horrendously offensively overrated piece of crap I've read in my lifeI have no reason to revisit this decision I still feel slightly ill when I think about this boring annoying book I left my copy on the subway so some wino would pick it up and realize that life has to offer than misery boredom and despairI refuse to go any further into this book's gynecology I hate it too much and yet still am not masochist enough to go at it with both barrels and an AK 47 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License

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Manservant and MaidservantF Horace Lamb sadist skinflint and tyrant But it is when Horace undergoes an altogether unforeseeable change of heart that the real difficult. If Oscar Wilde and Molière tried to write Five Little Peppers and How They Grew they might have come up with something like Manservant and Maidservant On one hand this book seems to be a comedy of errors like The Importance of Being Earnest On the other hand it seems to be a satire like The Misanthrope On yet the other hand there is a delightful storyline revolving around the five Lamb children that's reminiscent of some perennially popular 19th Century children's novelsI kept hearing that this novel is difficult to read because it's almost all dialogue I didn't find it difficult for that reason Reading Manservant and Maidservant was very much like reading a play I used to like reading plays What made the book difficult was how characters went through changes and did things without much motivation I didn't find much consistency in any of the characters other than the children I found them to be delightful and their scenes were the best in the book It was as if all those children in the stories I grew up with were placed in a household with normal less than perfect parentsOf the commentary I read Horace Lamb is referred to as a sadist who is suddenly motivated to change his ways uite frankly I wonder how anyone could read the book and slap him with the label of sadist He's a man who is dependent on his wife's money She loves her children far than she loves him He has grown to be miserly and controlling However a sadist inflicts pain for his own pleasure If Horace ever caused anyone physical pain I didn't catch it He was very strict and punitive with his children but he was acting in what I believe he thought was the children's best interest He thought he was making them better people They were afraid of his anger not physical punishment I don't think he was much different than many fathers throughout the agesThe scenes with the servants were the most confusing George was a real puzzle and his actions at the end didn't make any sense based on his attitudes throughout the book The Doubleday family also didn't make sense especially the way they just disappeared from the storyI primarily gave this book 3 stars because of the scenes with the Lamb children I think Compton Burnett could have done a great job of writing a story focused just on them It would be a fractured version of Five Little Peppers and How They Grew or Little Women with dysfunctional parents instead of perfect parents and well suited to the 21st Century