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The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
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Jan 13, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

Wonderful stories about an aristocratic English family, the Radletts, between the wars who could afford to indulge their many eccentricities and snobbery about the neighbors. There's a wonderful physicality about their life, the kids running all over the countryside without much supervision, horses and dogs, secret clubs. The fun ends, for the girls at least, when they "come out" and have to spend their time at dreary social functions in search of husbands--the only career path open to them, or the only respectable one. I enjoyed The Pursuit of Love a bit more than Love in a Cold Climate. Neither Polly nor her parents have many endearing qualities to balance their frailties. In both, the Radletts' cousin Fanny narrates, and she relays the story as if chatting with a friend. Quite witty and droll. Makes me interested in reading about the Mitfords, on whom it's closely modeled.

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