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A favourite of the Gods by Sybille Bedford (1965)
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From: RS
Category: Books
Date: 11 January 2003

Review

The rich are different, they have more money. This book, written in 1965, and with a most useful introduction by the author explaining how it was written, is very easy to read because its subject is beautiful rich women in the early twentieth century living in London, Rome, and the south of France. Obviously one compares it to Fitzgerald and Hemingway, and although it is flatter, almost dully written in its competence, it does at least have the novelty of having women as its protagonists, a gender which the old sexists barely noticed. Strange that it comes from the permissive 60s, yet manages to be so fusty, as though distance from those times has weakened their elixir, maybe this is the intended atmosphere, an antidote to the heady joy of other chroniclers of those times. Yet without the elation, the disillusion comes as no surprise, being rich and pretty is rather a bore, you need more. So very readable but missing anger or love.

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