Headlong hall [by T.L. Peacock].

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Both of these novels are brief, slight, and virtually without plot. Peacock's world is that of the country house party with high-brow conversation, long leisurely meals with plenty of burgundy, and ... Прочетете пълната рецензия

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Light philosophic/romantic (!) romp with witty dialogue and a few laugh-out-loud moments. Прочетете пълната рецензия

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