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Inheritance: The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    I wasn't overwhelmingly impressed with this book. The parts whe

    I wasn't overwhelmingly impressed with this book. The parts where the author let the story of Knole and its inhabitants flow were fine, but he wasted far too much time reminding the reader that he lives in the house. If I'm in a chapter about the 17th century, don't interrupt yourself with something about a discovery you made during renovations or an anecdote about you great uncle and trees! Also, the final chapter read like a justification by the author for why he gets to live in the house. I found the last chapter to be slightly condescending in that "Don't hate me because I live here. Be thankful that someone as wonderful as me is here so as to allow plebs like you to pay to visit 15 rooms"! Either stick with the history of the place or write an autobiography. Don't try to do both at the same time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Suprised Suprised

    I was looking forward to reading this book but it was a dull read .. a whole lot of puffery about nothing . A bunch of boring facts and a disappointment . Sorry i bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2010

    boring

    Having read almost everything written by Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, I was disappointed with "Inheritance". Adam Nicolson observed in "Sissinghurst" that everyone in the family through the generations either wrote, or kept notes and journals, if not letters.

    "Inheritance" starts off with an easy literary flow, and some interesting anecdotes, then becomes so bogged down in minute details, it is almost as entertaining as reading an encyclopedia.

    Better than a sleeping pill.

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