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Book Title: Flambards|
The author of the book: K.M. Peyton
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Edition: Oxford University Press
Date of issue: November 12th 1998
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Another of my re-reads. Once again, I still like it very much, but I had not remembered that the chapters were sometimes years apart.
This is historical fiction that takes place just before the beginning of World War I, in idyllic, semi-rural Great Britain, where the gulfs between the classes are large and no one seems to see anything wrong with the system. Christina, who is twelve when we first meet her, is an heiress, who will have no money of her own until she is twenty-one. She has been sent to live with her uncle Russell, who was a major fox hunter until he was injured in a fall. Now, he drinks pretty heavily. It is generally accepted by everyone, except Christina herself, that she will ultimately marry Russell's oldest son, Mark (who is very like him), and thus use her money to finance the upkeep of the Flambards estate. Russell's younger son, Will, hates fox hunting, and is mad for machinery: cars and the fledgling aeroplanes.
Since it's Flambards, it goes without saying that Christina must learn to ride and to fox hunt. Her teacher is the stable boy, Dick, who is a better rider than Mark, and much more gentle with horses and people, and also totally dependent on the Russells for his livelihood. Fortunately for Chirstina, she learns to love riding.
The people are fully rounded, the social mores acurately depicted and the resolution very satisfying. And it's even better when you realize that there are three more books in the series, taking you through a great deal more of the history and social changes of the times. This one is well worth reading and re-reading.
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