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Downtrodden Abbey: The Interminable Saga of an Insufferable Family (edição: 2015)

de Gillian Fetlocks (Autor)

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Welcome to Downtrodden Abbey, where a battle for the deed to the property is waged between legitimate aristocrats and literal pretenders to the throne. The Crawfish family - Marry, Supple, Enid, Lady Flora, and Lord Roderick - are content wiling their days away with naughty charades and twenty-two course dinners until the sinking of the Gigantic takes down the next in line to inherit Downtrodden. Soon, cousin Isabich and her son, Atchew, the rightful heir to the Abbey, arrive to claim what's theirs. Downstairs, the servants are running amok, as crippled weakling Brace is aggressively courted by teen hottie Nana, and lady's maid "Potatoes" O'Grotten and her flamboyant sidekick, Tomaine, cause trouble at every turn. The ensuing, insufferably overwrought melodrama takes the reader upstairs and downstairs, into parlours and drawing rooms, boudoirs and bathrooms, and across every class - from the classiest to the classless - in the social pecking order of Edwardian England. Uproariously funny, with a wicked sense of humor that Downton Abbey diehards will enjoy, Gillian Fetlocks skewers your favorite characters with panache in this winning parody.… (mais)
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Título:Downtrodden Abbey: The Interminable Saga of an Insufferable Family
Autores:Gillian Fetlocks (Autor)
Informação:St. Martin's Griffin (2015), Edition: Reprint, 192 pages
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Omg what have I just read?!

My full review here:
http://www.sholee.net/2021/05/mpov-downtrodden-abbey.html ( )
  Sholee | Sep 9, 2021 |
Should have looked at the ratings! Bought this on a whim as a bargain book. Had seen this around but parodies are always tough and initially skipped over it until I found it more readily available from Book Outlet. Of course, I also needed a small amount to get myself over to free shipping but unfortunately this wasn't worth it.
 
Depending on your sense of humor and level of purity, you may find this to be a hilarious parody of the popular TV show and its storylines, characters, etc. or you may not care for it at all. I'm of the latter camp. Unlike other people I didn't really find this readable and had to rely on my knowledge of the show for what was going on in the book. Of course this type of book relies on that knowledge but it just seemed like I had to rely too much on the original to remember and "get" the humor. 
 
Honestly I thought parodies done on late night talk shows or for charity that cashed in on the show's popularity did it much better. Maybe it's because it originated as a visual medium and that's why I found the shows more effective than this. This was definitely a case where the Goodreads overall rating reflects the book quality quite accurately.
 
Would avoid unless you get it at the library. Don't really recommend it as a purchase unless you *really* love the show or really love this type of parody.  ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
The Crawfish family faces many familiar problems: eldest daughter Marry has too many suitors, including Atchew, who can't figure out which fork or spoon to use, middle daughter Enid is ignored by all and youngest Supple joins the chauffeur in protesting everything. Half the household is writing screenplays about the other half, housekeeper Mrs. Used gets tipsy and tries to seduce butler Tyresom, who is shocked, but then asks for details. And Isabich Crawfish and Vile, Lady Grandsun, are at each others' throats from their first meeting.

"Excuse me," Isabich asks, "Are you alive?"
"How amusing," the countess counters. "From a woman who is probably thanked in the Acknowledgements section of the Holy Bible."
"Are you saying I'm advanced in age? I would venture to say that you are so old that when you were in grammar school, there was no History class. Now that is old."
The countess burns. "It is my understanding that you wandered into an antique shop-and they kept you."
"Really? Oh, do tell me, Countess- how did you get here? I'm guessing it was on a boat with two of every type of animal."

So it's a pretty good parody that runs right up to the last episode of Season 3. At times very funny, at others times a bit raunchy, but the author clearly watches the show closely. ( )
  mstrust | Feb 11, 2014 |
Sadly, this book does not meet the basic rule of parody -- it isn't funny, at least not in my judgement. I was delighted when it popped up, because I love parody and I love Downton Abbey, and DA certainly offers plenty of material for parody. And, based on the reviews on Amazon, several people at least did find this parody very funny. But I must be missing something critical, because I can't understand how anyone -- even a thirteen year old boy who was also a devout fan of DA, as unlikely as that may sound -- could find this idiotic effort amusing. "Thirteen year old boy", because a lot of the "humor" (lots of "quotes" here!) is of the basic bathroom variety, which I associate, rightly or wrongly, with thirteen year old boys. For me at least, what this book mostly seems to do is to switch people's names around and give them stupid comments that are loosely related to the plot, but not in any consistent way. Pastiche, maybe. Parody, no. ( )
  annbury | Jan 16, 2014 |
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Welcome to Downtrodden Abbey, where a battle for the deed to the property is waged between legitimate aristocrats and literal pretenders to the throne. The Crawfish family - Marry, Supple, Enid, Lady Flora, and Lord Roderick - are content wiling their days away with naughty charades and twenty-two course dinners until the sinking of the Gigantic takes down the next in line to inherit Downtrodden. Soon, cousin Isabich and her son, Atchew, the rightful heir to the Abbey, arrive to claim what's theirs. Downstairs, the servants are running amok, as crippled weakling Brace is aggressively courted by teen hottie Nana, and lady's maid "Potatoes" O'Grotten and her flamboyant sidekick, Tomaine, cause trouble at every turn. The ensuing, insufferably overwrought melodrama takes the reader upstairs and downstairs, into parlours and drawing rooms, boudoirs and bathrooms, and across every class - from the classiest to the classless - in the social pecking order of Edwardian England. Uproariously funny, with a wicked sense of humor that Downton Abbey diehards will enjoy, Gillian Fetlocks skewers your favorite characters with panache in this winning parody.

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