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Come and see me again before you decide anything, the Rector had said but he had at least been helpful in one direction He had answered Brat s main question If it was a choice between love and justice, the choice had to be justice.Brat Farrar written in 1949 was not a perfect read I have had issues with the some of the reactions of the charactersFunny, he said, as Brat plunged the shoe into the water, if any Ashby was to earn his living at this job it ought to have been your brother Why You never showed much interest And did Simon There was a time when I couldn t keep him out of this place There wasn t anything he wasn t going to make, from a candlestick to gates for the avenue at Latchetts Far as I remember, all he ever made was a sheep crook, and that not over well But he was always round the place It was a craze of his for the whole of a summer Which summer was that Summer you left us, it was I d misremember about it, only he was here seeing us put an iron on a cartwheel the day you ran away I had to shoo him home for his supper I suppose the last line was the author saving a discrepancy here I just can t get my head around that Patrick , i.e Brat, has only been gone for 7 years but people seem to allow for him forgetting an awful lot about his life before that It does not add up.Also, Simon is very suspicious and I would have expected him to be able to tell if Brat is his brother or not It s not like they were separated at a young age.And why does no one ask Simon why he thinks that Brat isn t couldn t be his brother when he first hears about him I believe some of the timing of the story is off, too.The story is set in post WWII Britain, which puts some of the story at a time during the height of WWII I m not disputing that this is possible, but Tey doesn t mention anything about the ongoing war when relating those parts of the story and this is not typical for Tey whose main character in another series, Allan Grant, suffers from PTSD after WWI.What it does read like is a story that was originally drafted in the 1930s and then was revised for publication in 1949 except that some of the historical facts were silenced.However, the story itself was really interesting it s not the usual whodunit We know from the start that Brat Farrar is an impostor What we don t know is what happened to the character that he is trying to pass off as This is revealed very slowly while were waiting to see if any of the Ashby family recognise Brat as a fraud.I loved that concept.I also loved the way that Brat introduces himself to the villain of the pieceI suppose you wouldn t like, in return for my confidences, to tell me something Tell you what Who you are Brat sat looking at him for a long time Don t you recognise me he said No Who are you Retribution, said Brat, and finished his drink.You see, I was tickled by the coincidence that Agatha Christie pursued a similar line in her book Nemesis with Miss Marple playing the part of Nemesis Nemesis being the name for the goddess of retribution.There are no connections or similarities between Tey s and Christie s books other than the reference to mythology, but I liked that both authors picked up on the same theme. A mystery involving an imposter and a possible crime set in and around a horse stud in the south of England, sometime after World War II, this is a novel which kept my interest from beginning to end It s an intriguing work On the one hand, the way in which the narrative develops and the resolution of the mystery are extremely predictable I m not particularly skilled at solving literary crime before the protagonist charged with that task, but here I worked out what had happened and what was going to happen reasonably early in the piece On the other hand, even though the novel contained no surprises, I still found it very suspenseful Tey s prose is elegant, her characters are well developed and she evokes a great sense of place and time In addition, while I know nothing about the world of horses in which the novel is set, the way in which Tey writes about that world is entirely convincing The major weakness of this work is that the ending feels rushed Even though I knew what was going to happen, I would have liked somewhatexposition It felt a bit like Tey, having written a particular number of words, was keen to wrap up the novel as soon as she could It didn t ruin the reading experience for me, though I thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel and although I didn t do so, I could easily have read it in one or two sittings I m not sure why I read and enjoyed two novels by Josephine Tey when I was in my teens The Franchise Affair and The Daughter of Time and then didn t read another of her novels until last year, when I read two of the novels in her Alan Grant series Neglecting Tey s novels for such a long time means that I missed out on a lot of reading enjoyment On the other hand, not having read them before means that I still have that pleasure ahead of me Another enjoyable buddy read with my friend Jemidar. In This Tale Of Mystery And Suspense, A Stranger Enters The Inner Sanctum Of The Ashby Family Posing As Patrick Ashby, The Heir To The Family S Sizable Fortune The Stranger, Brat Farrar, Has Been Carefully Coached On Patrick S Mannerism S, Appearance, And Every Significant Detail Of Patrick S Early Life, Up To His Thirteenth Year When He Disappeared And Was Thought To Have Drowned Himself It Seems As If Brat Is Going To Pull Off This Most Incredible Deception Until Old Secrets Emerge That Jeopardize The Imposter S Plan And His Life You know those reviews where somebody is reviewing a deeply loved old book, and criticizing everything on it, accusing it of all types of political incorrectness Either skip this or hold on, because this is going to be one of those reviews and that is surprising me I did not know I had it in me.This was my second read I read it maybe 10 years ago, and I recalled it as being charming and with an interesting plot which included a favorite trope impersonation I picked up and read the first pages a while ago and was hooked into a full reread, how can anybody resist a book which opens like thisAunt Bee, said Jane, breathing heavily into her soup, was Noah acleverer back room boy than Ulysses, or was Ulysses a clevererback room boy than Noah Don t eat out of the point of your spoon, Jane I can t mobilise the strings out of the side Ruth does Jane looked across at her twin, negotiating the vermicelli with smugneatness She has a stronger suck than I have Aunt Bee has a face like a very expensive cat, Ruth said, eyeing heraunt sideways.Bee privately thought that this was a very good description, but wishedthat Ruth would not be quaint No, but which was the cleverest said Jane, who never departed from apath once her feet were on it.And that is precisely a perfect example of the things I loved the eccentric family britishness of this setting, the oh so clever allusions, the wit, and the writing But on reread, I found problems I did not remember, either because I am older presumably wiser and definetely pickier or because it was a reread, and since I remembered something of the plot I was at liberty to thinkon circunstances It seemed as cozy a read as I remembered, but poking under the surface of this book disturbed me.This is a profoundly reactionary book That is an adjective I do not often use, but it seems the most appropriate to the tone of this A british upper class countryside murder mystery reactionary novel This is a nostalgic ode to traditional conservative british country values, a book published in 1949, likely set at that same time but which can fit no period in history it glides over the history, it uses WWII as details for some things in plot view spoiler a dentist and his office was destroyed during the war a waiter lost his sons in a war and his grandsons on the following war a nurse was killed in the war evacuating a ward to safety Hitler in the past tense had many doppelgangers hide spoiler I was confused whether I should read this one or the Daughter of Time, but I chose the former since it s different from what I ve read before And wow, This probably one of the best book I ve read I s not a typical classical mystery where a murder is committed in countryside and a detective is summoned to solve it Instead, it revolves around Brat Farrar, an orphan who spent few years in America and returned to England Few days after his return he s approached by Alec Loading, an actor who mistakes him for Simon Ashby the next heir to the Ashby s fortune After realizing his mistake, Alec invites Brat to lunch and offers to him a deal which occurred to him at the moment to disguise as Patrick Ashby, the twin of Simon Ashby who was originally the heir and who has disappeared at the age of 14 and was assumed to have committed a suicide Alec in return wants a small allowance to be send to him every week Brat at beginning refuses the offer but later accepts when he learned that the Ashbys own a horses stud farm and Brat is a fan of horses So Alec spends two weeks couching Brat about the family members, memories, Patrick personality and hobbies Brat succeeded in infiltrating and convincing the Ashbys that he s Patrick and life seems to go well with him until some secrets starts to emerge and jeopardize his life. A lovely little interlude from heavy reading, this early mystery was reminiscent of one of my favorite Daphne du Maurier novels, The Scapegoat Patrick Ashby is meant to have committed suicide when he was thirteen years old A body washed up downstream from his home, but unrecognizable, was assumed to be his and buried His twin, Simon, will turn twenty one soon and inherit the family estate at Lachetts in Patrick s stead.Enter a stranger who looks too much like Simon to be ignored and claiming to be Patrick, not a suicide, just a run away The stranger, who has gone by the name of Brat Farrar, has led a life of adventure and has come home just in time to assume his inheritance Of course, the intrigue begins as we watch this man find his place in the family, as we wonder if he might truly be Patrick, and if not, who is he and how has he come to have the face of an Ashby Part of the mystery was pretty easy to solve for me, but no matter, the book was still fun I loved the character development and wasinterested in how Brat would solve the emotional dilemma of revealing the truth and not losing the love of the family he has found I seem to enjoy the older mysteriesthan the newer ones There is a quaintness in the settings and the way of life that isappealing I wouldn t hesitate to read another Tey in the future. After so many re reads, Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey is still one of the best classical British mystery novels of all time I like the plots and how the characters were written, I like the strong sense of British ness that seeps through the story, although the typical classism everyone in the story tends to judge people by their family backgrounds, their breeds and their social statuses, etc is pretty difficult to swallow, still the strong points of the story easily manage to overwhelm the weakness, so 5 satisfying full stars. A strongly delivered story of sibling rivalry Patrick Ashby was considered a suicide when a young boy, years later he returns to the family seat of Latchetts as Brat Farrar Wonderful air of time and place and an engaging mystery Had an inkling early on as to how the mystery surrounding Brat Farrar might unfold but it in no way detracted from the appeal of the story overall An enduring mystery that manages to hold up over time, well worth a look at. I ve not been a fan of every Tey I have ever read sometimes a reread can disappoint but not in this case Brat Farrar s temptation into a life of assumed identity or is it intrigue thrills every step of the way Every detail of this book works perfectly meshes together We take every careful step with Brat the scene where view spoiler Brat has a conversation with his drunk supposed twin Simon hide spoiler so this isnt a mystery novel in the traditional sense, but its got a very compelling pacing to it that makes the suspense parts both immediate and british leisurely like a brisk stroll on the grounds where we mustnt go too quickly or geoffrey will tire my love of law and order the one on television has ruined me for mystery novels or maybe just mystery novels written before 1950 because i always know my whodunits too soon i have this affliction where i can retain very little of what i hear, but if i see it written, i can remember it quite well for a time dont ask me about books i read 10 years ago it is why i always took really extensive notes in lecture classes, and why i forget things people tell me allll the time why is this important i dont know, except that i remember little facts that stick out in my mind inconsistencies and whatnot because i am a pretty good close reader but even the most obvious and bad movie with a central mystery, i generally dont figure it out until the reveal and thats me oh right, the book the family is pretty interesting, its got horses for dana, its full of british charm and restraint, and i should get back to my paper damn.