The Summer of the Royal Visit by Isabel Colegate

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Set in a city readily identifiable as late 19th-century Bath, the novel takes place over one summer. Two events concentrate the mind of the comfortable and prosperous bourgeoisie: the royal visit by the Queen and the architectural competition to build a new hotel in the centre of the city.
 

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Published February 11, 1992 by Knopf. 219 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Crime, History. Fiction

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Rich in atmospherics, settings, and characters--Stephen and Charlotte are unusually vivid and convincing--and yet the implicit melodrama and satire of city boosterism and Victorian manners is never more than a clever conceit.

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Like The Shooting Party , Colegate's latest novel explores the hypocrisies of British society and the subtle class distinctions that subvert moral values.

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After introducing himself as a retired schoolmaster who has spent most of his life in the English city of Bath, celebrated for its hot springs, its architecturally elegant crescents and its distinctive, if doughy, Bath buns, the narrator virtually vanishes.

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