Books: The Good Life: R.I.P.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE COUNTRY HOUSE

by Christopher Simon Sykes Mayflower; 224 pages; $19.95

The Italians amused themselves with art, the French with cooking. But only the British could have invented the country house: that place where heaven, earth and regiments of servants labored to assure the ruling class that life was indeed worth living. For two centuries this way of life flourished, only to fall victim to war, inflation and the refusal of the lower orders to go on tugging their forelocks. There are a few survivors who still remember the dim and...

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