I must agree with others that the form in which In the Company of Others is written makes for frustrating confusion: Readings from the century old Journal should have been telegraphed and set off in italics, or deeper margins for our eyes to pick up; we are often confused about who is speaking when conversation shifts back and forth; so many new characters are rapidly introduced and left for later to develop and become known to us that we don't remember and know them as we do the Mitford crowd. Her editors should have saved her from all this!
However, in the last third of the novel, it becomes clear that the [albeit overlong] Journal plays a key part in the unfolding plot. And all the touching charm and deep insight into our human condition, and its cosmic context, familiar to us from her earlier work, are present here.
After nine marvelous novels about Mitford, it is refreshing for novelist and fans alike to travel to other locations to meet other characters in other climes. Variations on the common themes of humanity are welcome.