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Quartet in Autumn - Barbara Pym
Quartet in Autumn
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 978045226934 (0452269342)
Publisher: Plume
Edition language: English
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Mike Finn
Mike Finn rated it
3.5 "Quartet in Autum" by Barbara Pym
Dispassionate to the point of discomfort, "Quartet In Autumn" is filled with strong insights unburdened by empathy. "Quartet in Autumn" follows the changing lives of four people who have worked in the same office for some years and who are now approaching retirement. The quartet is made up of t...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it
3.5 Sonata in a Minor Key
Wow. What a depressing read -- particularly so, the first half of the book (or thereabouts). We're meeting four main characters who thoroughly seem to be passengers, not drivers of their own lives, in a trajectory from nowhere to nowhere (and not necessarily a different part of nowhere, either) --...
Locus Amoenus: All By My Shelf
Locus Amoenus: All By My Shelf rated it
5.0 Final Thoughts: Quartet in Autumn
I think that if this had been the first Pym book I'd read, I would have had a very different perception of her style and thought process. Not better or worse, just very different. In a sense, this does feel like a successor to Excellent Women. In another time, Letty and Marcia might have been two ...
Moonlight Reader
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4.0 The perils of aging
I don't think that I can talk about this book without revealing a major plot point, so if you are planning on reading, skip this review! This book had a very different tone from our first Pymalong, Excellent Women. Where Excellent Women was rueful, A Quartet in Autumn was somber. I still liked it,...
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4.0 Quartet in Autumn / Barbara Pym
This is Pym's poignant story of four elderly single people who work in the same office. Their work is their chief point of contact with each other and with the outside world. When the two women retire, the equilibrium of the quartet is upset. Quartet in Autumn is a gently compelling story of human d...
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