Farthing One summer weekend in but not our the well connected Farthing set a group of upper crust English families enjoy a country retreat Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families her par

  • Title: Farthing
  • Author: Jo Walton
  • ISBN: 9780765352804
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
  • One summer weekend in 1949 but not our 1949 the well connected Farthing set , a group of upper crust English families, enjoy a country retreat Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before Despite her parents evident disapproval, LOne summer weekend in 1949 but not our 1949 the well connected Farthing set , a group of upper crust English families, enjoy a country retreat Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before Despite her parents evident disapproval, Lucy is married happily to a London Jew It was therefore quite a surprise to Lucy when she and her husband David found themselves invited to the retreat It s even startling when, on the retreat s first night, a major politician of the Farthing set is found gruesomely murdered, with abundant signs that the killing was ritualistic It quickly becomes clear to Lucy that she and David were brought to the retreat in order to pin the murder on him Major political machinations are at stake, including an initiative in Parliament, supported by the Farthing set, to limit the right to vote to university graduates But whoever s behind the murder, and the frame up, didn t reckon on the principal investigator from Scotland Yard being a man with very private reasons for sympathizing with outcasts and looking beyond the obvious As the trap slowly shuts on Lucy and David, they begin to see a way out a way fraught with peril in a darkening world.

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    1. My initial thoughts on reading Farthing by Jo Walton was: why do an alternate history? It’s been done before, and in a lot of ways, what can this quiet, minimalist Welsh author do for this side street sub-genre of the speculative fiction highway?Phillip K. Dick wrote The Man in the High Castle, published in 1962, where the Axis had won, but here, there has been a stalemate between England and Nazi Germany. Hitler has turned east, and after a peace accord has been signed, he turns on the Russia [...]

    2. Alas, another case of the right reader, wrong book. I went into Farthing with rather high expectations, I confess. I saw Walton has won a couple of awards for other works--including the World Fantasy Award--and this one was nominated for a Nebula and Locus, among others. When this series got several mentions on The Incomparable (produced by 5by5), a podcast series devoted to all things geek sci-fi, I became tempted to try it. When the book arrived from the library, I was surprised to discover it [...]

    3. Who killed Cock Robin? I, said the SparrowDescription: One summer weekend in 1949 — but not our 1949 — the well-connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before.Despite her parents' evident disapproval, Lucy is married — happily — to a London Jew. It was therefore [...]

    4. A good-natured little cozy mystery about power, privilege, fascism, genocide, evil, and tea.I lie, it's not good-natured in the slightest. It is, however, good. Go read it.

    5. Walton has a knack for taking a specific story (such as the utterly splendid Tooth and Claw that uses Trollope's Framley Parsonage and crosses it with dragons, getting a sum greater than both parts) or a storyline (like Arthuriana) and crossing it orthogonally so that both are transformed into something altogether different. And yet one can see traces of each source. Being a visual being, I can only compare it to the color prism we used as kids, when we laid the yellow glass circle over the edge [...]

    6. Farthing: a small historical British coin.Farthings: A group of villages which are home to a privileged group of politically connected people, called "The Farthing Set".The main thrust of this novel takes place at a weekend retreat of "The Farthing Set", people who are politically well-connected and all with the "proper pedigrees". The time is designated as 1949, which can be somewhat confusing, because this group was allegedly instrumental in a Peace Treaty with Hitler in 1940, but this is afte [...]

    7. Haiku review:How can you expecta happy end in a bookwhere Hitler still reigns?Review:Though a bit slower to start than I expected, Farthing was (overall) an outstanding allegory on fascism disguised as an alternate history novel disguised as a murder mystery. By the time you're about one-quarter to one-third of the way through it, you will have trouble putting it down. The attention to the language is excellent (though I found myself pining for a bit of Irvine Welsh-style slang and cockney) and [...]

    8. Zašto petica? Knjiga je napisana s puno detalja, truda, istraživanja. Imaš osjećaj da si stvarno glavnom liku u glavi i na trenutke zaboraviš da čitaš knjigu. A povijesna podloga mi je puno uvjerljivija nego recimo Deightonov SS-GB (isto odlična knjiga). osim jednog malog blesavog detalja koji me grebao kao biologa/medicinara, ostalo je, moram reći, izvrsno. dakle 4.5 zaokruženo na 5. jedva čekam nastavak.

    9. Thoughts on Jo Walton's Farthing and its sequel Ha'Penny:Really, these are the most delightful, most exciting, most troubling, most resonant books I've read in a long time. Yes, they're genre fiction, which means they'll be dismissed by some. And what a dreadful shame that would be--I wish these books were talked about as much as some of the things that pass for "literary fiction" these days.Even at the level of genre, they're interesting: mystery/thriller much inspired by 20s & 30s Golden A [...]

    10. The cover blurb "if Le Carré scares you, try Jo Walton" makes more sense after one reads the book. Though instead of "scares you" I would put it "if Le Carré depresses you and you like it, then you will like this". It is the same sort of effect, and while I admire the ambition, the comparison does not flatter Farthing, who does not stand on strong foundations.The plot is described accurately by the blurb above. The same cover compares this to Fatherland and The Plot Against America - I had rea [...]

    11. I feel mostly dissatisfied after reading Farthing, especially after hearing all the hype. As a mystery, it proved unchallenging. As alternate history, it intrigued me, but left me wanting more depth, more worldbuilding. I could have done without the addition of another second class citizen group, besides the already persecuted Jews. The writing style reminded me of Agatha Christie (but not as well done) and Dorothy Sayers (again, not quite as well done). I would have preferred a narrative told f [...]

    12. On the back cover is a wonderfully written blurb/review from Publishers Weekly - I wish I could write like this! So succinct!"World Fantasy Award-winner Jo Walton (Tooth and Claw) crosses genres without missing a beat with this stunningly powerful alternative history set in 1949, eight years after Britain agreed to peace with Nazi Germany, leaving Hitler control of the European continent. A typical gethering at the country estate of Farthing of the power elite who brokered the deal is thrown int [...]

    13. I got off to a rocky start with Jo Walton. Among Others didn't wow me - I liked it, but the pacing felt off, and keen tension lacking. Since then, however, I've read two of her other books that have simply blown my mind. Tooth and Claw - Victorian society with dragons - made it on to my Top 10 list of last year. And I will not be at all surprised if Farthing joins it there next year.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I [...]

    14. Jo Walton is very good at taking something familiar and putting an unfamiliar, intriguing spin on it. Previously, she's done this with King Arthur (The King's Peace and The King's Name), Irish mythology (The Prize in the Game), and Victorian society as written about by Anthony Trollope (Tooth and Claw). In Farthing, she takes the traditional English country mystery, adds in alternate history, and comes up with something new and brilliant.Lucy Kahn has come to her parents' country house, Farthing [...]

    15. Deftly blended, this combination of an alternate world history with an English country house mystery opens in 1949, but it’s not exactly the 1949 or England we know. Eight years earlier a group of conservative, anti-semitic politicians known as the “Farthing set” made peace with Nazi Germany, securing Britain’s borders after most of continental Europe had fallen to Hitler. The Germans continue to fight the Soviets, the American president is isolationist Charles Lindbergh, and the Jews le [...]

    16. This is such a great read: an old-fashioned country house mystery novel set within an alternate history premise: what if Hess' mission to the UK had succeeded, and Britain and the Reich had made peace in 1941? It's told from the alternating viewpoints of Lucy Eversley Kahn, the daughter of a conservative viscount who's married a Jewish man in spite of the disapproval of her family, and of Inspector Carmichael, the policeman assigned to investigate the murder of the leading politician Sir James T [...]

    17. My local library system has three copies of this book, at three different branches. One branch files it under science fiction, one branch files it under fiction. At my library I tracked it down in the mystery section. What is it, then? Like Jasper Fforde's Tuesday Next books, it is set in an alternate England in which certain wars went another way than in real life. Also like Tuesday Next, the protagonist's brother was killed at war, and she married his best friend. That's where the similarity e [...]

    18. The book and style are compelling in this alternate world where England made peace with Hitler. Luce and her husband David face a rather horrible sitution when he is implicted in a murder at her family estate.I found Luce's voice to be real, and I liked the switching viewpoints. If you've seen the BBC mysteries set around the time, it is very much like that (the televised mysteries, not the actual books). I did have some problems, however. While I believe that Luce and David were in love, I real [...]

    19. Outstanding book. I don't have anything substantial to add to Russ Allbery's fine review (below), which led me to finally read Farthing. So, I recommend you first read his piece, and then read Walton's "spare, lean book." 4.5 stars"Walton adds overtones and political suspense without compromising the pleasures of the initial mystery plot, and the combination had me unwilling to put the book down. I read Farthing straight through in a single day and stayed up to finish it, despite not being a fan [...]

    20. Farthing is set in an alternate-history world where Britain made peace with Hitler instead of continuing to fight. Jews are still tolerated in Britain, although they're not precisely loved by the aristocracy, and probably not by the regular people either -- though we see less of those. At the start of the book, that doesn't seem very important, perhaps, to the story. It's a country house murder mystery, with a multitude of people with motive and secrets they're keeping. There's some red herrings [...]

    21. This is a novel I will think about for a long time. I simultaneously dreaded the possible conclusion and couldn't stop reading until I got there. The main protagonists are engaging and the alternating first person and third person narrative allows the point of view to shift in an interesting and natural way. The premise, of course, is shocking: Britain in 1949, having made peace with Nazi Germany, sliding into fascism. It is a salutary reminder of how little it takes for the future of a people a [...]

    22. This was a very odd book. I enjoyed most of it, but it was very odd. It took a bit of mental calisthenics to adapt to a 1949 London in which "Old Adolph admired England and had no territorial ambitions across the channel". Because this world's Old Adolph most certainly had all sorts of ambitions across the channel; he was drooling to get into London and execute the entire royal family. Rather than that straight-forward and outright horror, the horror in this book is sneakier. "In May of 1941, th [...]

    23. An alt-historical novel set in England, 1949, in a world in which Britain negotiated a "peace with honor" with Germany, ending the war and resulting in a continental Europe controlled by the Nazis, and an England in which everyone breathed a sigh of relief after the bombing stopped and life went back to normal. Except for the Jews.With that historical backdrop (which is really the only "science fictional" element of the book), Farthing turns into half thriller, half murder mystery. Lucy Kahn, th [...]

    24. A rec from Wychwood, and a goodie. What seems like an ordinary English country house mystery has dark political motivations and implications, as Walton gradually reveals more and more about this alternate 1949, one in a world where Britain made peace with Hitler in early 1941. Brr.Walton does a great job of showing how ordinary, and in some cases, perfectly decent people can be affected by prejudice and by the removal of certain freedoms. Lucy, who carries half the POV, is a wonderfully-construc [...]

    25. Oh, Farthing, where do I start? You had such potential, and you squandered it on a mystery Agatha Christie could have written in her sleep, split narration (1/2 third person, decently interesting police inspector, 1/2 first person, ex-debutante whowell, I would say she writes like the love child of Bridget Jones and Cassandra Mortmain, but that would be doing them a discredit--especially Cassandra), and tons of exposition.Your Plot Against America-style alternate reality (even, oh my goodness, a [...]

    26. My two favorite genres are science fiction and murder mystery so I was very excited to read this book by Jo Walton which is about a murder at a country British estate of the man responsible for negotiating a peace with Germany's Fuhrer in 1941, leading to a "Peace with Honour" that ends World War II and cedes Europe to the Nazis.Unfortunately the alternative history elements are a bit too subtle and the main characters are Inspector Carmichael (who is a closeted gay man in an era where homosexua [...]

    27. I really enjoyed this. What if.Hitler and Britain made a peace agreement in 1941. What would the world be like? This unique little novel delves into this alternate history and tells the story of a murder mystery. While not extremely fast-paced, I found it engaging and I got involved with the characters. We meet the "Farthing set" a group of well to do and well connected people who basically "rule" England of this time. We also get a glimpse of the "have nots" and what it feels like to be Jewish [...]

    28. Fascinating. Two-thirds English country-house murder mystery, and one-third creeping terror.

    29. I've been reading up on my sci-fi fiction awards list, and this one was one of my priorities. To be honest, it didn't exactly feel a lot like science fiction, and the alternate history setting, while quite allegorical, did not strike me as absolutely needed and/or overly world shattering - what is described to have happened in Britain is pretty much what happened everywhere else up until Hitler's downfall, and I didn't feel any particular compassion for the Polish cook who saw her "loyal" client [...]

    30. The first novel I picked up by Jo Walton was Tooth and Claw, a fun Austen-esque romantic comedy of manners with a twist: all the characters are dragons, and all of VIctorian England's aristocratic cultural mores have their grounding in dragon biology. I never read alternate history, so despite enjoying Tooth and Claw greatly, I didn't pick up Farthing until I started a science fiction challenge and made alternate history one of the genre categories. I was rather dreading it, to tell the truth; i [...]

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