CHRISTMAS WITH THE SAVAGES by Mary Clive

CHRISTMAS WITH THE SAVAGES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Lady Mary Clive's memoir of a small girl's stay in a large household in the Edwardian era is a lively account of a lavish time, recorded with the disconcerting, and occasionally devastating, candor of the young visitor. Evelyn, an only child who sometimes assumes an air of virtuous superiority, is invited to spend the holiday with Lady Tamerlane whose three sets of grandchildren (and their assorted Nanas and nursery maids) she tags as Savages, Glens and Howliboos. Along with the seasonal exuberance, she is exposed to their demonic pursuits- ""savage by name and savage by nature""- and the festivities end with a court martial from which she is reprieved, by a summons home.... The bustle of this full house, from Lord Tamerlane in 'his bath- chair with pusher and nurse, to the many, many Aunts and Uncles, and the swarm of youngsters, is prodigally pleasing- and the line decorations by Philip Gough are appropriately amusing and entertaining.

Pub Date: Nov. 5th, 1956
Publisher: St. Martin's Press