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Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
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Jul 26, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: british-literature, read-in-2009
Read in July, 2009

This snappy wonderful little novel was my first exposure to the writing of Barbara Pym, and it won't be my last! The novel's protagonist, Mildred Lathbury, is a spinterish woman in 1950s Britain with feelings - real feelings. She wants to 'do the right thing' and make every one around her feel good; sometimes at the expense of her own feelings and needs. This novel is Austenesque in style and prose and devilishly funny at the same time. Once you start reading this little gem you cannot help but keep turning the pages, one after the other. I can't tell you how glad I am to have discovered Pym's books, they are truly special.
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Laurel Hicks I really enjoyed this book, Christopher. Quartette in Autumn is also a quiet delight. That's all I've read so far, but I certainly want to read more by Pym.

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Clare Very underrated author - the Jane Austen of the 20th century? I read most of them years ago so I should go back to them.....

Wanda Chris, are you enjoying this one? From the description, it sounds absolutely wonderful. These are the kinds of books I enjoy - good, clean writing. I will seek out this author in the bookstore.

Rebecca I am excited to read this and experience Pym.

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