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A Cab at the Door & Midnight Oil
A Cab at the Door, originally published in 1968, recalls his childhood in turn-of-the-century and World War I London with the urbane subtlety and wry humor that have marked his other works. For the wild and eccentric Pritchett family, life is a series of cabs waiting at the door to transport them to a succession of ten-bob-a-week lodgings, in their flight from creditors an ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 12th 1994 by Modern Library
(first published 1968)
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'A Cab at the Door' is an account of growing up with an impossible, embarrassing set of parents. There's a picaresque quality to this first volume of autobiography. The hero's father is a Mr Micawberish character so the family is seen move from one shabby part of South London to another. Although the family were often hard up and the writer's schooldays were not happy, this isn't 'misery lit'. But neither does Pritchett go in for nostalgia. It's a thoughtful - sometimes affectionate - portrait o ...more
Mar 18, 2010 Kathy Petersen rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Pritchett had a topsy-turvy and somewhat unpleasant childhood,with a "cab at the door" to take the family to yet another flat when his Micawber-like father follows yet another dream; but he writes about it with British wit and wryness.
Victor Sawdon Pritchett was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, the first of four children of Walter Sawdon Pritchett and Beatrice Helena (née Martin). His father, a London businessman in financial difficulties, had come to Ipswich to start a shop selling newspapers and stationery. The business was struggling and the couple were lodging over a toyshop at 41 St Nicholas Street where Pritchett was born on 16 ...moreMore about V.S. Pritchett...