The Demon in the House

The Demon in the House In her third Barsetshire novel Thirkell continues the saga of the irrepressible Tony Morland An actual boy must be lurking somewhere in the background as it would be impossible to make up such a monu

  • Title: The Demon in the House
  • Author: Angela Thirkell
  • ISBN: 9781559211598
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Paperback
  • In her third Barsetshire novel, Thirkell continues the saga of the irrepressible Tony Morland An actual boy must be lurking somewhere in the background as it would be impossible to make up such a monumental Pest Grown ups and children alike are ground into submission by his everlasting chatter and overweening self esteem Only Dr Ford, whose conversation with Tony is cIn her third Barsetshire novel, Thirkell continues the saga of the irrepressible Tony Morland An actual boy must be lurking somewhere in the background as it would be impossible to make up such a monumental Pest Grown ups and children alike are ground into submission by his everlasting chatter and overweening self esteem Only Dr Ford, whose conversation with Tony is confined to the phrase Shut up and Sylvia Gould, the swimming instructor, who exposes Tony s vaunted diving ability as phoney, come anywhere near even temporarily quashing him Tony and his silent friend Donk but how could he be otherwise around Tony are referred to as the little boys at age thirteen and Rose, age fourteen, is comforted by Mrs Morland while holding her on her lap how times have changed Perhaps brought together by a common exasperation towards Tony, Dr Ford and Sylvia appear headed for the altar.

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    About "Angela Thirkell"

    1. Angela Thirkell

      Angela Margaret Mackail was born on January 30, 1890 at 27 Young Street, Kensington Square, London Her grandfather was Sir Edward Burne Jones the pre Raphaelite painter and partner in the design firm of Morris and Company for whom he designed many stained glass windows seven of which are in St Margaret s Church in Rottingdean, West Sussex Her grandmother was Georgiana Macdonald, one of a precocious family which included among others, Stanley Baldwin, the Prime Minister, and Rudyard Kipling Angela s brother, Denis Mackail, was also a prolific and successful novelist Angela s mother, Margaret Burne Jones, married John Mackail an administrator at the Ministry of Education and Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.Angela married James Campbell McInnes in 1911 James was a professional Baritone and performed at concert halls throughout the UK In 1912 their first son Graham was born and in 1914 a second son, Colin A daughter was born in 1917 at the same time her marriage was breaking up In November 1917 a divorce was granted and Angela and the children went to live with her parents in Pembroke Gardens in London The child, Mary, died the next year.Angela then met and married George Lancelot Thirkell in 1918 and in 1920 they traveled on a troop ship to George s hometown in Australia Their adventures on the Friedricksruh are recounted in her Trooper to the Southern Cross published in 1934 In 1921, in Melbourne Australia, her youngest son Lancelot George was born Angela left Australia in 1929 with 8 year old Lance and never returned Although living with her parents in London she badly needed to earn a living so she set forth on the difficult road of the professional writer Her first book, Three Houses, a memoir of her happy childhood was published in 1931 and was an immediate success The first of her novels set in Trollope s mythical county of Barsetshire was Demon in the House, followed by 28 others, one each year.Angela also wrote a book of children s stories entitled The Grateful Sparrow using Ludwig Richter s illustrations a biography of Harriette Wilson, The Fortunes of Harriette an historical novel, Coronation Summer, an account of the events in London during Queen Victoria s Coronation in 1838 and three semi autobiographical novels, Ankle Deep and Oh, These Men, These Men and Trooper to the Southern Cross When Angela died on the 29th of January 1961 she left unfinished the last of her books, Three Score and Ten which was completed by her friend, Caroline LeJeune Angela is buried in Rottingdean alongside her daughter Mary and her Burne Jones grandparents.

    932 thoughts on “The Demon in the House”

    1. Tony Morland has his sayThe Demon in the House is the third book of Angela Thirkell’s Barsetshire novels, and I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a story centered on a force of nature like the cheerfully self-involved, hyper-talkative, 12 or 13 year-old Tony Morland--the “demon” of the title--but for the most part I loved it. Many of the characters from High Risings, the first of Thirkell’s Barsetshire books, are back and it was a pleasure to catch up with old friends.Several sections [...]


    2. Laura Morland must be a saint to put up with the antics of her son, Tony. But it's those antics and especially his dialogue that kept me laughing throughout the book.


    3. Laura Morland is one of my favorite characters from Angela Thirkell's novels. And Tony is definitely on the other end of the spectrum. In this, one of Thirkell's earlier books, Tony is 12 years old and though it's interesting to meet this younger version of the man that keeps popping up in so many of her other novels, a little of him goes a long way. But unfortunately he is the central character this time around and so the only way to enjoy being back in Thirkell's 20th century version of Trollo [...]


    4. I just love Angela Thirkell's books.They are beguiling novels of town and country.Tony Morland is a wonderful character,an irresistable and maddening twelve year old.He gets up to many antics to the despair of his mother.He is a charming, infuriating creature to the adults.My favourite so far.Kept me entertained on a dreary wet day in Cornwall.


    5. I loved this book so much. It doesn't really have any plot. It just follows a mother's relationship with her youngest son and her concerns and fears about him growing up. But it is so sweet.


    6. Thirkell did such an amazing job with Tony, capturing his incredibly annoying personality thorough his verbal diarrhea. He's so cocky and self-sure, and there are only glimpses of self-doubts. I think I cheered each time Dr. Ford told him to "shut up." The other dialogue also just shines; it's so unique and personal to each character. I think I could really pick out the character from reading unidentified lines. I laughed a lot throughout the book. This was my first of what will be many Barsetsh [...]


    7. It seems that the schoolboy Tony Morland was such a success with readers of High Rising, Thirkell decided to devote an entire book to him. Not a very long book, fortunately, because although Tony is endearing he is also quite annoying. Thirkell invents some pretty interesting mischief for him, and makes us think that he will turn out to be a nice young man -- that is, if he doesn't get killed in the war which, at this point, nobody knows is looming. My favorite part of this book is Tony's vision [...]


    8. Didn't think I could hate an AT book, but dear God! ONE chapter of young Tony is more than enough. I know she was writing about her own kid(s), and she's excellent at conveying their foibles. But gimmeabreak! George Knox also runs on and on, but at least he's not the star of the show. Not sure I can even finish reading this. Suggest duct tape--either over his mouth, or to seal the book. A child only HIS mother could love. All in all, I favor Dr. Ford's views, telling Tony, "Shut up."


    9. Very different from Angela Thirkell's other books. I think it's only the second book, chronologically speaking. It's entirely the adventures of Laura Morland's youngest son, 12-year-old Tony. He's mostly exasperating, a know-it-all enthusiast of trains, bicycles, horses, and most other subjects under the sun.


    10. LOVE this book. I have an extemely old hard back copy of it that my mom picked up at a library book sale in the 60's. I have read it several times and love it every time. Tony is my absolute favorite fiction character of all time.


    11. The story of Laura Morland's son Tony, who first featured in High Rising. He's a thoroughly ghastly child, but a great character who makes for an entertaining read.


    12. A fun read, I have another one of Thirkell's books which I will read at some point. Tony is quite a character!


    13. Although the exploits of a talkative and precocious child are not my favorite theme, I must admit that I laughed aloud several times.





    14. I can quite see how an entire book dedicated to the thoroughly unquashable Tony Morland might seem quite off putting, but this is honestly delightful! It's out of print, and the prices for used copies are shockingly high but thankfully my library had a copy. If you stumble across a copy for a reasonable price please don't let Tony deter you, even his biggest detractor Dr Ford ("Shut up Tony") would have to admit it's worth a read!


    15. Tony is absolutely despicable! Extremely annoying and yet occasionally endearingI didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two books in the series, but it was still very good fun. I really enjoyed hearing more from some of the characters from High Rising.I love Laura Morland (a fantastic character!) and my favourite bit of the book was reading about her (and the way she reacts to some of the dreadful things Tony does)If you really loved High Rising (like I did), then I would say go for it! If [...]


    16. 3½ stars. Tony Morland is a wonderful embodiment of all the annoying yet lovable traits of the young teenage boy (he is 13). I found the way Thirkell does his mother Laura's interior dialogue particularly funny. The romantic subplot was a disappointment, seeming to be tacked on to the end of the story - not very convincing or even very interesting. I did enjoy seeing all the local gentry of the High Rising area again though.


    17. Too much of the same thing! Tony Morland is his mother Laura's pride and joy even though she hates his behavior. She and most of her Barsetshire neighbors have no control over this egotistical motor-mouth. Tony, always extolling his own virtues, is unaware that his talents are limited and that he is a pest. Individual chapters illustrate the creativity and destruction of this child who drives everyone else up a wall.


    18. Extremely funny. ETA: I've read that some people think that her attitude towards the magnificent Tony and his pals is harsh. I think that it's fairly typical of the day - and even later. It reminded me somewhat of the magnificent Shirley Jackson's "Life Among the Savages" and "Raising Demons."


    19. It's rare I laugh out loud while reading a book but this one made me do it! It's the first novel I've read by Thirkell and now I want to read them all. There's a darkness that seeps through the life of the main character's suffering single mother which makes the humor all the more poignant. This book could also be called "Mommy's Little Monster."


    20. Not sure whether to give this book a 2 or a 3. Tony Morland has to be the most annoying and irritating character I've ever read about. Since the book is well written, I gave it a 3. I will read more in the series since I've discovered that this hellish child will only appear randomly ( or not at all) in the other books.


    21. Another charming book from Angela Thirkell, much like High Rising, whith the same characters. A little less structured.



    22. The second book about Laura Morland and her youngest of four sons, the insufferable Tony. In many ways hilarious, except that we learn Tony is 14 years old. His antics and his complete lack of self-consciousness are more in keeping with a much younger boy. His constant bragging about his expertise on every subject imaginable would be somewhat charming in, say, a very bright six-year-old, and maybe it's because his older brothers are so much older, and were never around to take him down a peg or [...]


    23. Okay, I'm finally starting to see connections and why this is considered a series. A loose series, to be sure, but a series nonetheless. We re-enter the world of High Rising, and this time the story is focused on Tony and his adventures during school holidays. My heavens, how Tony can talk! Without end! And I admire how well Angela Thirkell develops the character of Wesendonck, who in contrast to Tony, barely speaks at all. Tony is exasperating and the novel is comic and a quiet pleasure to read [...]


    24. I really enjoyed this little novel from the Chronicles of Barsetshire series. Long suffering Laura Morland puts up with her youngest son, Tony, who knows everything about everything and is quick to tell all who surround him about his vast knowledge. Dr. Ford's common verbal exchange with Tony usually starts with "Shut up!" WWII is foreshadowed when Tony talks to Stoker, family maid, about Hitler in Germany.


    25. As much as I enjoy the Barsetshire books, Tony and George Knox together-- where it was completely clear that George Knox and other men of Mrs. Morland's circle were the models Tony based himself on-- were mindnumbingly irritating. (Mrs. Morland's fear of making him 'soft' was even worst. Sylvia was the only tolerable character, and Dr. Ford was an idiot.) Had Tony (or even a female Tony) been mine, they would have been firmly quashed and eventually smacked, to my shame . Juvenile mansplaining.


    26. Very entertaining, but really only endless tales of the amusing/appalling things Laura's irrepressible son Tony does and says (as opposed to actually having any plot) and therefore rather one tone. I liked Tony's effectively mute friend Donk with his love of babies.


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