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Mr. Waddington of Wyck

May Sinclair

Book Overview: 

Mr. Horatio Bysshe Waddington, a pompous, self-deluded poser making his way through life caring only for the impressions he makes on others. His long-suffering wife Fanny, his secretary Barbara, and the young scapegrace Ralph watch his daily performances with delighted, affectionate fascination as if they are spectators watching a play or scientists observing a new species, wondering every day how far he will go to fulfill his outrageous pretentions. As usual, Sinclair’s light, deceptively innocent prose camouflages a tale of sexual passions and human foibles with philosophical implications about her post-war world.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .If it had been to-night it would have been all over in three hours. And something—she was not sure what, but felt that it might be Mr. Waddington—something would have cut in to spoil the happiness of it. But now she had it to think about, and her thoughts were safe. "What are you thinking about, Barbara?"

"The view," said Barbara. "I want to sketch it."



Mr. Waddington was in his library, drawing up his prospectus while Fanny and Barbara Madden looked on. At Fanny's suggestion (he owned magnanimously that it was a good one) he had decided to "sail in," as she called it, with the prospectus first, not only before he formed his Committee, but before he held his big meeting. (They had fixed the date of it for that day month, Saturday, June the twenty-first.)

"You come before them from the beginning," she said, "with something fixed and definite that they can't go back on. . . Read More

Community Reviews

2.5 stars. Sort of weak/goofy/stupid at the end. I originally rated it as 2.4 stars, but I am going to give it 2.5 stars and round up to 3 because I really like May Sinclair and she is not well-known and she ought to be....

May Sinclair's gift for observation and analysis of ordinary people is just amazing. What a creation, Mr Waddington, and Mrs Levitt too. I can't recommend this highly enough for a comfortable squirm.

I found this book in the dark corner of an antique store, and now I see that it has been virtually unread by modern readers! However, it is a little gem of a book, a perfectly satisfying comedy. Mr. Waddington reminds me of Mr. Banks of Mary Poppins, Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing, and a litt

I am yet to read something written by May Sinclair that I do not absolutely love. I have not read that much, so this is not so impressive a statement...

ANYWAY, this is a great book, again. Fabulous in every way. And what a character, Mr. Waddington! Who says that female authors do not create larger-