Nancy Mitford in this first novel, attempted to capture the sui generis oddities of Mitford family life and succeed beautifully in doing so. Do you think I look like a Calvinist? And, yes, that great Hon.
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During this time she cultivates a great interest in clothes, which Fabrice encourages and finances, but most of her happiness is the result of the fact that she has finally found the love of her life. And Left-wing people are always sad because they mind dreadfully about their causes, and the causes are always going so badly.
The Pursuit of Love 3. Life, she thought, is sometimes sad and often dull, but there are currants in the cake and here is one of them.
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About Nancy Mitford Nancy Mitford, daughter of Lord and Lady Redesdale and the eldest of the six legendary Mitford sisters, was born in and educated at home on the family estate in Oxfordshire. Show 25 25 50 All. Others shilly-shally for a couple of books until, for reasons that have as much to do with chance as with effort, they happen upon an idea, or a character, or even an opening sentence that liberates whatever is most interesting in their writing selves. In fact, our heroine, Linda Radlett, is a kind of amalgam of all the Mitford sisters.
You are commenting using your WordPress. A complete edition of John James Audubon's world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. I don't wonder people sometimes put their heads in and leave them in out of sheer misery.
I often think there is nothing quite so poignantly sad as old family groups. One always thinks that. They are ill suited to one another. The first of three novels featuring these characters, The Pursuit of Love follows the travails of Linda, the most beautiful and wayward Radlett daughter, who falls first for a stuffy Tory politician, then an ardent Communist, and finally a French duke named Fabrice.
February 3, at 9: Like Liked by 1 person. The Radletts are eccentric and conventional in a bizarre conflation of these terms: There is always hope for what is still to happen and all her hopes for happiness terminate on the vision of true love, still to be realized.
The reading grated on my nerves. Beautifully observed and hilariously funny, the novel is also a fascinating hinterland account of the period leading to the Second World War and never pulls its punches in evoking the painful reality of the times.
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Mitford modeled her characters on her own famously unconventional family. In the quest for love and loving, she never looks back on the past rejections and indifference with a sense of loss and an exasperated promise of tenderness.
Book Review- The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
When the war, which had for so long been pending, did actually break out some six weeks later, Linda was strangely unmoved by the fact.
Fanny, Lord Merlin, Davey. It is still covered with blood and hairs, an object of fascination to us as children. But if her sceptical retort seems to point to a comfortless conclusion, Linda herself has shown us one further possibility: I liked the ball scene, and the image of Uncle Matthew using his bloodhounds to hunt down his children. My laughter was ridicule, not praise.
The dialogue is snappy and gives us a good idea of what conversations must have been like among the Mitford clan. The last two pages of this novel turn particularly nasty, though, which made me wonder how people can call this a comfort read.
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Linda Radlett, the intensely English heroine, is the most beautiful of an eccentric aristocratic family closely modelled on Nancy Mitford's own. The achievement, in other words, has been understood to be one of transcription rather than of writing. The three fat Frenchmen who shared the carriage with her were in a snoring sleep, she wept alone.
And the derision pursuiy the vulgarity of a cottage with a spring-flowering garden. It's narrated by English actress Emilia Fox, who does a great job.