Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (Virago Modern Classics)
Publish date: June 1st 1982
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 206
Edition language: English
What a bittersweet little book! The widowed Mrs Palfrey chooses to moved into the Claremont Hotel in London before her daughter can put her in a nursing home. The Claremont takes dinner, overnight, and live-in guests. The live-ins number fewer than 10. They feel rejected by their younger family me...
Karen gave the initial recco, and now I see Cheryl has added it too. Neat!Introduced by Paul baileyOpening: Mrs Palfrey first came to the Claremont Hotel on a Sunday afternoon in January.4* Dangerous Calm4* Mrs Palfrey at the ClaremontKaren 5*Cheryl 4*Libbeth 4*Deanne 3*
This was a lovely story, beautifully constructed and self-contained. It would be a great play. It is a touching and thoughtful look at aging, loneliness, and community, with a colourful cast of often sharp-tongued characters. A bit of trivia: p71, the mother of Mrs Palfrey's friend says "But eve...
Probably Taylor's best and best known novel. If you only read one book by Taylor make it this one. She gets right into the heart of old age without a hint of sentimentality or condescension and manages to make the end of life both uplifting and heart breaking.
At a slim 178 pages, a poignant but unsentimental story about the vulnerabilities of age, set at the Claremont Hotel, whose elderly residents say of it, "we aren't allowed to die here." In its quiet way, absolutely gutting.
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