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Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym
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Jul 18, 2011

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Read from July 20 to 23, 2011

The story of four elderly coworkers -- Marcia, Letty, Norman, and Edwin -- who are on the verge of retirement, their uneventful and predictable lives suddenly change when Marcia and Letty do indeed retire. According to other reviews in this site, this novel is considered quiet and introspective. When I read it, however, it seemed tense -- or there seemed to be a strong undercurrent of uneasiness. I wondered why that was. I finally decided it was because of the way the four main characters hovered around each other without actually engaging in a meaningful way. I wanted them to make a connection somehow but they just orbit without touching down. Maybe this is what the Brits are like, I thought, always keeping a comfortable and respectable distance. It's very unnerving. "Come on, guys, reach out!" In this respect, Pym's novel is quite effective.

This novel can easily be read in one day. I read it in three because of "chores."
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Linda Winkler You must be an American. The British are more reserved with friendship.

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