It is 1913 - just prior to England's entry into World War I - and Edwardian England is about to vanish into history. A group of men and women gather at Sir Randolph Nettleby's estate for a shooting party. Opulent, adulterous, moving assuredly through the rituals of eating and slaughter, they are a dazzlingly obtuse and brilliantly decorative finale of an era.to make things look pretty enough; they had no picture in their minda#39;s eye, nothing to work towards. ... with a naked amaretto (back view) hiding behind a sort of sheep-pen, bow in hand, and ivory struts inlaid with mother-of-pearl. ... almost as much as blue ... pearl buttons at the wrists ... satin, sequins, every kind of finery ... and then such a pretty silk nightie. ... it was a duty, and what was life, thought Minnie cheerfully, swinging her legs over the side of the bed and getting a little heavily to.
|Title||:||The Shooting Party|
|Publisher||:||Penguin UK - 2007-01-04|