The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate
Few aristocratic English families of the twentieth century enjoyed the glamorous notoriety of the infamous Mitford sisters. Nancy Mitford's most famous novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, satirize British aristocracy in the twenties and thirties through the amorous adventures... show more
Few aristocratic English families of the twentieth century enjoyed the glamorous notoriety of the infamous Mitford sisters. Nancy Mitford's most famous novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, satirize British aristocracy in the twenties and thirties through the amorous adventures of the Radletts, an exuberantly unconventional family closely modelled on Mitford's own.The Radletts of Alconleigh occupy the heights of genteel eccentricity, from terrifying Lord Alconleigh (who, like Mitford's father, used to hunt his children with bloodhounds when foxes were not available), to his gentle wife, Sadie, their wayward daughter Linda, and the other six lively Radlett children. Mitford's wickedly funny prose follows these characters through misguided marriages and dramatic love affairs, as the shadow of World War II begins to close in on their rapidly vanishing world.
Publish date: December 4th 2001
Pages no: 468
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, 20th Century
Series: Radlett & Montdore (#1)
I read both books back to back which is why I use this edition eventhough mine is separate books. Social critique aside, both books are wonderful; no wonder since this is one of my favourite story time frame. I'd have given it more star, unfortunately Mitford stumbled on the endings. One of my pet p...
Loved these. A bit more madcap than Evelyn Waugh, but more grounded in reality than Jasper Fforde.I made the mistake of reading Love in a Cold Climate first. Definitely able to enjoy it, but a few of the references (Hons) and characters (Sauveterre) are more easily understood if one has read The P...
I've read The Pursuit of Love, but haven't yet started Love in a Cold Climate. These are considered Nancy Mitford's Masterpieces, but so far I like her funnier, early novels better.
Having had this book recommended to me from a list of the 100 best comedic novels in the English language, I was somewhat disappointed that the amusement provided herein was of the limited, bring-the-edges-of-one's-mouth-upwards type, rather than laughs that burrow up from the diaphragm. Mitford's n...
A bit like Brideshead with the Catholicism, and the family of kids, and the precious, quirky personalities, and the struggle to find one's way in a changing world. Those Mitford sisters had enough personality for four families at least. Is it because the parents just sort of stay out of the way an...