ALL TRIVIAL FOND RECORDS by Allanah Harper

ALL TRIVIAL FOND RECORDS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Genteel nostalgia far removed from the oddities of ""literary families"" so prevalent today, in childhood reminiscences of an English girl in the early 1900's. Here are detailed memories of a life among people of considerable means, of experiences that are individual, of personal quirks and tendencies. Daughter of a well-known consulting engineer and a beautiful Victorian mother, dependent on a forceful Nanny, Allanah records her youthful days in England, Europe, China, South Africa, Egypt, Spain - showing a picture of the out-of-the-way things that could happen to a young lady of quality who had the spark of non-conformity. The contrast between her information gathering abroad and her dullness at schools -- Mayfair, boarding schools in England and France, and a finishing off in a French bourgeois home; the extremes of city and country life; the impatience with the artificiality of the world as she viewed it after coming out and being presented at court -- all this leads finally to demands for independence. Colorful characters and unusual incidents embroider her recollections.

Pub Date: Feb. 8th, 1947
Publisher: Harper