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Return to Book Page. Preview — The Feast by Margaret Kennedy. The Feast by Margaret Kennedy. Initially was published in a shortened form in a Ladies Home Journal magazine under the title of Never Look Back A Cornish cliff collapses on top of a seaside resort hotel, squashing everybody but those lucky enough to be away on a picnic.

The story tells why some were spared and some were not The germ of the idea for The Feast - Margaret Kennedy's ninth novel and Initially was published in a shortened form in a Ladies Home Journal magazine under the title of Never Look Back A Cornish cliff collapses on top of a seaside resort hotel, squashing everybody but those lucky enough to be away on a picnic. The germ of the idea for The Feast - Margaret Kennedy's ninth novel and perhaps her most ingenious, first published in - came to the author in when she and a social gathering of literary friends were discussing the Medieval Masque of the Seven Deadly Sins.

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The talk turned excitedly to the notion that a collection of stories might be fashioned from seven different authors, each re-imagining one of the Sins through the medium of a modern-day character. That notion fell away, but something more considerable stayed in Margaret Kennedy's mind over the next ten years, and so she conceived of a story that would gather the Sins all under the roof of a Cornish seaside hotel managed by the unhappy wife of Sloth.

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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Revising my rating up to five stars. My default rating for a terrific book is four stars and I'm pretty grudging about giving five stars. Generally I know the minute I turn the last page that it's a five star, but some books creep up on me, take time for the artistry to really sink in. This one I read way back in October of and I'm still thinking about it and longing to read it again! Clever Margaret Kennedy! Is it a thriller? Is it a morality play or an exploration of divine justice?

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Check all of the above. The Feast is also terrifically readable with a marvelous cast of characters. I was caught up right from the start when a conversation between two clergymen reveals the end of the story: the collapse of a cliff that buries a guest house and many of its inhabitants.

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We know that some died and some survived, but we don't know who until the very end. The next chapter opens months earlier in the final week before the catastrophe. One after the other we meet the cast; some I loved from the start, others grew on me and went through changes that made me care for them, still others are revealed as rather evil and I found myself hoping that they would be the ones to die.

Yes, I know--and that's the tricky part. It was thought-provoking and I found myself pondering the ending long after I put the book down. View all 18 comments. If you look at the dust jacket you'll see a small hotel at the base of a huge cliff. The cliff has been undermined by an errant mine that washed into a cave at its base and exploded.

No ill effects are noted for some time. But then cracks appear at the top edge of the cliff and they get wider.. Meanwhile, life goes on in the li If you look at the dust jacket you'll see a small hotel at the base of a huge cliff. Meanwhile, life goes on in the little hotel. There's the petty squabblers,the mopers, the heroes, the innocents as well as the seriously deranged "monsters" and even a love interest or two.

Margaret Kennedy develops characters with such depth of insight into the human psyche that I felt that if she was sitting in a room with me she could pick my brain apart and tell me a thing or two. Such an unusual but fascinating book. The only other book I've read similar in style to this is Dorothy Evelyn Smith's The Lovely Day , a book where no one character steals the show but every member of the village is given a slice of the story. Bottom line: Well worth a read!

View all 10 comments. But I can say that The Feast was a thoroughly engrossing read revolving around a little hotel set up on a cliff, the disfunctional family who ran it aand their horrid mix of guests. From the gossipy cook to the half-mad with worry young lady and her father as well as the master of the house who never does anything of use to the children running wild about the place something is bound to happen.

And a feast may just decided who that something is going to happen to. I really didn't think I'd end up enjoying this so much, I though it would be a dry character study. But it is not dry, and it beautifully captures the scenes, the cliff with the thrashing waves, the maddening girl who orchestrats the children and poor Nancy, the only character seemingly with her head screwed on right. Completely recommend. G rating there is mention of mistresses, or more accurately a lady with her lover.

Nothing shown to reader. View all 6 comments. Shelves: favorites , another-look-book. Full review at Another look book I was really, really impressed with Lucy Carmichael. I ordered my own copy; I added it to my "favorites" list. And then I read The Feast. And it's the best book I've ever read. Yes, I know that's a big statement!

Margaret Kennedy is quickly becoming my all-time favorite author.

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