Sunday, January 3, 2016
Book review: Christmas Pudding and Pigeon Pie by Nancy Mitford
Pigeon Pie is even funnier. It's 1940, 8 years after the first story, and war with Germany has begun. Sophia wants to be a spy, like her frenemy Olga is bragging about (and which Sophia suspects is a lie) and instead ends up answering phones and counting laundry at a local first aid station. However, there are spies all around her and she unwittingly get wrapped up in their escapades and hijinks.
Both of these stories are just screaming for Julian Fellows to make them into movies. I worry that I missed several of the jokes, particularly ones that rely on old-fashioned British terminology, and he always makes everything clear even to American audiences. It was particularly fascinating to read about England and Germany just a short time into the war, when the outcome is far from apparent, and without the benefit of hindsight.
Amusing stories, they were perfect for this time of year. If you're an Anglophile and appreciate British humor, these are excellent examples of the fare.
My mother loaned me this book.