No Laughing Matter by Angus Wilson

A panoramic novel that stretches from 1912 to 1967 No Laughing Matter is perhaps Angus Wilson's most autobiographical novel. The novel chronicles the end of the bourgeois way of life as seen through the lives of the six Matthews children and their dysfuntional middle-class family. Their parents - Billy Pop and the Countess - are objects of ridicule to their children who vow never to make their mistakes. Quentin, the eldest, is a socialist who adores women. His fervent views, however, become distilled over the years until he transforms into a cynical TV pundit. Gladys, plump and amenable, is unlucky in love and eventually falls for the charms of a crook. Rupert, the handsome actor, has a successful career until he fails to adapt to the changing theatre. Margaret is a brilliant and highly acclaimed novelist but she becomes bitter as her twin Sukey sinks into domestic bliss, while Marcus, the baby of the family, believes that his career is his life. An ambitious and enriching novel No Laughing Matter is an extraordinary work in its depictions of complex family relationships, where it is just as easy to hate as to love and where everyone struggles to be an individual.

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The 1266th greatest fiction book of all time


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No Laughing Matter Hardcover 8171107 $2.77
No Laughing Matter Hardcover 4992781 $3.56 1967
No Laughing Matter Paperback 15876645 $2.67
No Laughing Matter Kindle Edition 866466 2012
No Laughing Matter Paperback 6274005 $21.46 $19.73 2011
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No Laughing Matter: Studies in Athenian Comedy Paperback 1090477 $46.69 $77.32 2012
No Laughing Matter Paperback 1617389 $5.43 2003
No Laughing Matter: The Value of Humor in Educational Leadership Paperback 1206076 $20.00 $14.85 2012
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No Laughing Matter: The Life and Times of Flann O'Brien Hardcover 1831779 $49.98 $14.94 1998
No Laughing Matter Paperback 5047466 $66.58 $2.75 1987
Tevye's Daughters: No Laughing Matter Paperback 2492327 $3.99 $1.98 2014
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No Laughing Matter Kindle Edition 1375830 2019
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Narcolepsy: A Funny Disorder That's No Laughing Matter Hardcover 2007437 $120.72 $38.73 1995
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No Laughing Matter Mass Market Paperback 2550369 $39.95 $1.99 1995
No Laughing Matter Hardcover 1300468 $10.00 $0.10 1986
No Laughing Matter Kindle Edition 772228 2004
Tevye's Daughters: No Laughing Matter: The Women behind the Story of Fiddler on the Roof Paperback 1988350 $5.99 $19.98 2018
No Laughing Matter: Chalk Talks on Alcohol Hardcover 1461911 $45.99 $1.99 1982
No Laughing Matter: Rationale of the Dirty joke (second Series) Hardcover 954531 $71.22 $5.80 1975
No Laughing Matter: The Life and Times of Flann O'Brien Paperback 649714 $12.50 $12.45 2019
No Laughing Matter Paperback 455933 $12.83 $12.68 2018
Narcolepsy: A Funny Disorder That's No Laughing Matter Paperback 387197 $175.71 $24.81 1995
No Laughing Matter Paperback 383533 $10.85 $1.99 2004