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by Terry Jones,Barry Pain

eBook The Eliza Stories download ISBN: 1857930320
Author: Terry Jones,Barry Pain
Publisher: Pavilion Books; New Ed edition (November 30, 1992)
Language: English
Pages: 288
ePub: 1662 kb
Fb2: 1774 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories and Anthologies

The Eliza Stories book. Barry Pain doesn't over-work the jokes. It's observational humour rather than humour through word play and very funny.

The Eliza Stories book. With the endorsement of Terry Jones, I couldn't pass it up. Like "Diary of a Nobody," it is about the foibles of a lower-middle-class bumbler, but unlike "Diary" it is free of class condescension and has a warmth that is lacking in "Diary"-which explains why Lady Marchmain in "Brideshead Revisited" wasn't forcing her weekend guests to listen to the Eliza Stories.

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and as for Barry Pain's 'Eliza' I question if anything mored e l i c i o u s l y humourous, and of a humour so restrained, hasbeen written since the time of Lamb. It was true I ran into the horse. ( See page 2. ] ELIZA. I aminterested in the drama, if serious, and two or three times every monthI should take Eliza to the dress-circle. Our suburb has a train servicewhich is particularly convenient for the theatres. I should carry her evening shoes in a prettycrewel-worked bag.

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The more I think about myself, the more-I say it in all modesty-the subject seems to grow. So begins The Eliza Stories, and although the book takes Eliza’s name, her husband is revealed to be the true comic hero, as he displays a self-importance that far outstrips his modest station in Edwardian suburbia. Eliza uncomplainingly smoothes over arguments and watches from the sidelines as her other half tries to scramble up the social ladder. From insulting the domestic staff to ill-advisedly lending money to social superiors, our narrator is by turns patronizing and authoritarian.

So begins The Eliza Stories, and although the book takes Eliza’s name, her husband is revealed to be the true comic hero, as he displays a self-importance that far outstrips his modest station in Edwardian suburbia.

Comments: (2)
Pameala
It took a bit of time for me to warm to this book and find the humor but, now that I have, it's a pleasure to read.
Oh, how I want Eliza to put her husband in his place!!!!!!!!!
Purebinder
These stories are sly! Most of the humor lies in what is not being told to you as a reader. Eliza is the name of the wife of the narrating character (you never know what his name is). He is pompous and arrogant, and the best part is how he gets his come-uppance, which you know he will.

This is a collection of short stories, and they are easily read. The hard part is putting the book down.

The narrating character reminds me of Hyacinth Bucket. The difference lies in the character of Eliza, who will sometimes acquiesce to the demands of her obnoxious husband, but more than likely will give him what for!

On a purely shallow level, these stories are terrific fun! On a deeper level, you understand a bit more about human nature and frailty, and the necessity of having a relatively sane person around to keep you on track.

I even enjoyed the preface by Terry Jones! (And I usually think prefaces are a waste of good paper!)