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ISBN: 0307402533 / ISBN-13: 9780307402530

The Uninvited Guests

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"A brilliant novel...At once a shimmering comedy of manners and disturbing commentary on class". (Ann Patchett). One late spring evening in 1912, in ... Show synopsis

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  • The Uninvited Guests (Knopf Canada) – Trade paperback (2012)
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    The Uninvited Guests

    Trade paperback, Knopf Canada
    2012
    English
    272 pages

    ISBN: 0307402533
    ISBN-13: 9780307402530

    "All their preparations had been in vain. Emerald's birthday celebrations had begun in confusion and disarray. She cast about for something sensible to say, something that would reassure her mother and friends that an hospitable timetable would be re-established, and was about to suggest the library, and tea, when she halted, arrested in movement like a musical statue." " " "She was obeying a prompt, an instinct left over, perhaps, from an earlier time; the instinct that stops a mouse in its short-sighted tracks when a cat ... Show more

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Reviews of The Uninvited Guests

Overall customer rating: 3.000
Gerbil

Interesting, but tedious

by Gerbil on Jul 20, 2013

I was expecting from the description that this was written in the time period in which it occurred. If it were a period piece, I would have been happier with it, I think. All that aside, the book was a bit tedious to read, but gives a glimpse of the culture of the time period, how different classes lived, and interacted. It allows you to find out in the end who is decent and kind, and who is not. And an important question is addressed - what does one do when one is no longer rich, but refuses to give up the lifestyle that a home represents?

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julieCS

Not as lighthearted as it looked

by julieCS on Jan 5, 2013

I find the book, in one sense, a little "subversive" - in that it purports to be a lighthearted novel, but one scene towards the end reveals a dark side that is... unsettling, not to say, a bit dismaying. I was not left with the upbeat feeling I look for in a novel.

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