The 27th Kingdom

Alice Thomas Ellis

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The 27th Kingdom

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  • Title: The 27th Kingdom
  • Author: Alice Thomas Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780140067040
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
  • The 27th Kingdom is to be found in Chelsea, where Aunt Irene lives in a cosy, cluttered m nage with Kyril, her nephew Their peace, however, is about to be invaded by Valentine, a young postulant sent by her Reverend mother to test her vocation.

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    1. Josephine (Jo) on said:

      This book was rather unusual. I certainly enjoyed it but found it a little unsatisfying. We are looking at a snippet of the lives of a group of people which does not really progress much. I found all of the characters unpleasant, they had quite a cruel outlook on life, selfish and verbally unkind to each other. I disliked Kyril from almost the first page as his first action was to kick the cat. Aunt Irene was eccentric to say the least, partly living in the past. The O'Connors were a family of t [...]

    2. Carol on said:

      Reading this delightfully quirky novel was like sitting on a comfortably overstuffed couch covered in floral upholstery while drinking tea and listening to an elderly relative tell wacky stories from her younger days. Ellis writes with great charm and plenty of British wit. Never mind the plot, the book is driven mainly by the wonderful, colorful characters: Aunt Irene, an eccectric middle-aged woman living in London; Kyril, Irene's bad nephew who shares her house; Valentine, the novice nun whom [...]

    3. Louis on said:

      Brilliant! Although I kept forgetting which character was which, and in Kym's kiwi accent the author's name sounds palyndromic, ala William Carlos Williams. But I think both are forgiveable

    4. Betty on said:

      I'm reading Ellis' novels in order (this is #3) based on rave reviews from the Common Reader back when they were still in business. Her mordant wit is turned toward another set of unsavory characters leavened by a postulate nun and a sprinkling of the supernatural. I'm still amused but not yet raving.Opening of the book:The story I shall tell begins like this. Once upon a time, in the year of Our Lord 1954, a woman known as Aunt Irene, who insisted on being pronounced 'Irina' and spelled as I ha [...]

    5. Amy on said:

      I find her writing irresistible. Like this:Little Mr Sirocco moved out that evening, permitting himself to be rehoused as obediently as a guinea pig, and they all helped carry his cases.I look forward to reading everything Ellis wrote, and then waiting a few years, and reading it all again.But now, Spoiler Alert!The title alone was enough to make me want to read this book. It was rewarding and annoying and humorous by turns.I only wish she'd have wrapped up a few of those loose endswhat happens [...]

    6. Anne on said:

      This is a marvelous book, possibly my favorite Alice Thomas Ellis novel so far. Wonderful characters; wonderful story. And I will never forget her aside on how only the creation account in the book of Genesis can adequately explain the invention of mayonnaise, not to mention meringue. Brilliant. Note after reading for the 2nd time: This is as marvelous as I remembered, perhaps more so. What struck me this time was the different ways in which each of the very flawed main characters--the sinners-- [...]

    7. Fiona on said:

      I love the madness and eccentricity of this book. ATE doesn't make me laugh out loud but she does make me chuckle inside and I love losing myself in the strange worlds she creates.

    8. John on said:

      I picked this book almost on a whim after reading an essay introduction to the author by Peter Leithart. I didn't know what to expect, but found myself pleasantly surprised by a funny and introspective look on the contradictions found in men. Though I did find much to like, the book was ultimately unsatisfying in that it was too British for me--too bound to its native country and Catholicism for me to really get it like a Catholic Brit would. I may get around to reading her again, but it will pr [...]

    9. Phillip W. on said:

      The characters are compelling and humorously outrageous. The writing is gorgeous. The wit is rapier. Yet, there is very little development of them and their teleology unknown.I chuckled throughout the book, but when I finished, I thought, "what happened?"

    10. Maya Rock on said:

      It took me about 3/4 of the way through to get into this, but overall I liked it--it seemed like a Mannerist The Summer House--a bit too much in the prose style, but then, so many wonderful turns of phrase.

    11. Tagilman on said:

      so far I've liked it.but that only means the sentence: It was a dark and stormy night, the dogs were silent, it was raining, suddenly shots rang out. A."But I'll get to the rest of it soon.;-)

    12. Linda on said:

      As someone else stated, when I finished the book I thought "What was that?" The term "stream of consciousness" kept popping into my head as I read. Entertaining, but for me, not memorable.

    13. Georgina on said:

      Having once said that ATE is always reliable, this is not my favourite ATE book, but perhaps because it is more 'of its time' than others. Very much of a certain milieu too.

    14. Heather on said:

      I found this really funny, and thought it was delightful to read.

    15. Jyv on said:

      I finished the book, put it down and thought "What was all that about?".

    16. Isuri Jinasena on said:

      Nicely written but not much action going on. Would have liked it if Valentine's character and Kyril's were more developed and analysed that they are in the book

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