I'm a huge aficionado of E.F. Benson. I have read (and re-read) every one of his Lucia books and his Mapp and Lucia books and adored them. While I wouldn't necessarily re-read this book, I did find sections of it surprisingly deep and thought-provoking. Much of Benson's description of the environment, the weather, etc., is really quite fine, especially during Dodo's retreat by the sea and the various seasons.
Segments where he is attempting to show Dodo as a "bit of a dodo" and a chattering scatterbrain during the first half of the novel can be tedious and overlong, but he is setting the scene for the contrast of character as the war years go on. If you can just skim through a few of those interminable silly passages, the book is very much worth reading. Sometimes what appears to be a superficial novel can reveal deep insights, so don't sell this work short.
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About the Author
E. F. Benson was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer.