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Barbara Pym: Excellent Women

No wonder Barbara Pym appreciated Austen The same kind of seemingly unassuming writing, combining gentility (and apparent gentleness) with acute, razorsharp, detached observation of both society and its individual constituents, and a very subtle sense of humour.  Pym, like Austen, is far from being a revolutionary, but she notes the state of the world in […]

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Barbara Pym: Excellent Women — Reading Progress Update: 114 of 288 Pages

“… Curried whale, goodness, you wouldn’t feel like having that for tea, would you?  I had an argument about it the other day with Protheroe — you know how strictly she keeps Lent and all that sort of nonsense — well, there she was eating whale meat thinking it was fish!” “Well, isn’t it?” “No, […]

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Barbara Pym: Excellent Women — Reading Progress Update: 60 of 493 Minutes

Buddy read with Moonlight Reader, Murder By Death, BrokenTune, Lillelara, The Better To See You My Dear, Person of Interest, Peregrinations, Locus Amoenus: All By My Shelf, and Mike Finn. And so far, I’m loving it!     Review, Other Status Update, and Buddy Read Announcement: Final Review Reading Progress Update: 114 of 288 Pages […]

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Barbara Pym: Excellent Women — Proposed Buddy Read

Reblogged from: Moonlight Snow Themis-Athena, Murder By Death & I are planning a Buddy Read of Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women to tentatively begin on Friday, January 25. Plot summary:  Excellent Women is one of Barbara Pym’s richest and most amusing high comedies. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman’s daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She […]

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