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Downtrodden Abbey: The Interminable Saga of an Insufferable Family
 
 
Author
Gillian Fetlocks.
Publisher Thomas Dunne  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9781250031235
Pages/Publication Date 170/2013
Daedalus Item Code 49042
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He may or may not have written the script for the film Madagascar, or penned the parody The Ditches of Edison County, but here Gillian Fetlock (a.k.a. Billy Frolick) gives us the saga of Downtrodden Abbey as no respectable landowner of bygone Britain would ever wish it to be told. At this grand estate, a battle for the deed to the property is waged between aristocrats and pretenders. The Crawfish family—Marry, Supple, Enid, Lady Flora, and Lord Roderick—are content to while their days away with naughty charades and 22-course dinners until the sinking of the Gigantic takes down the next in line to inherit Downtrodden. This winning, uproarious parody punctures every overinflated trope of Downton Abbey with panache and a wicked sense of humor. As "Dorothy Kernels Woodwind" noted in her review of Downtrodden Abbey, the story is "a throwback to Upstairs, Downstairs ... a crackling examination of the Edwardian economic divide, and a peek behind closed doors at the differences and similarities between the aristocracy and servant classes, and ... well, let's just say it's a lot like Upstairs, Downstairs. I mean, it really is." Likewise offering the faintest of praise, the apocryphal Her Majesties' Review of Tasteful Books assessed: "In the perfect world, Fetlocks's execution of this volume would lead directly to Fetlocks's actual execution."
 
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