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Excellent Women - Barbara Pym
Excellent Women
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Excellent Women is probably the most famous of Barbara Pym's novels. The acclaim a few years ago for this early comic novel, which was hailed by Lord David Cecil as one of 'the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years,' helped launch the... show more
Excellent Women is probably the most famous of Barbara Pym's novels. The acclaim a few years ago for this early comic novel, which was hailed by Lord David Cecil as one of 'the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years,' helped launch the rediscovery of the author's entire work. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a spinster in the England of the 1950s, one of those 'excellent women' who tend to get involved in other people's lives - such as those of her new neighbor, Rockingham, and the vicar next door. This is Barbara Pym's world at its funniest.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780452267305 (0452267307)
ASIN: 452267307
Publisher: Plume
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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mybookjournal
mybookjournal rated it
4.0 Excellent Women
‘Excellent women’ by Barbara Pym was something fresh, I really enjoyed reading this sweet-satirical novel with crisp and clear writing. The story is about everyday-life of Mildred Lathbury (protagonist and narrator) a 30 year old spinster. As the title suggests she is an “Excellent Women” that is ...
jemidar
jemidar rated it
Really 4.5 stars.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dork
Don't Be Afraid of the Dork rated it
4.0
A little like Rocky Napier's effect on Mildred Lathbury, I was completely charmed by this lovely little book. Mildred is the narrator and one of the Excellent Women of the title - i.e. she's a 30 something unmarried lady in late 1940's London, daughter of a clergyman who fills her time being helpfu...
Book Fox
Book Fox rated it
4.0 Excellent Women
A gem of British comedy of manners.
Our Intrepid Heroine
Our Intrepid Heroine rated it
4.0 Excellent Women (Penguin Classics)
I finished Excellent Women during my lunch hour (okay, at my desk when no one else was in the office, but I had five pages left and was not about to leave it).I expected to be mildly annoyed at the narrator at first. The style was nice and all, but I just knew that she was going to be a fussy spinst...
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