Monday, December 17, 2012

The Darling Buds of May

Finished The Darling Buds of May by H. E. Bates. It's the first book in his Larkin Chronicles. Straight-laced, timid, underfed Mr. Charlton comes to talk to Pop Larkin about income taxes owed. He never gets much of a chance. Pop, Ma, Mariette and the assorted other Larkins hijack him with the happy-go-lucky lifestyle. They convince him to take sick leave from his dull desk job to join them in hearty meals, working in the strawberry fields, plenty of cocktails and more fun than he's ever known possible.

This book is hilarious. It's like a combination of You Can't Take It With You and Cold Comfort Farm. Highly recommended.

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