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The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate

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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 Mitf ...more
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Published March 8th 1994 by Modern Library (first published January 1st 1974)
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Dulling, dulling! You must! Simply must read this! It’s just too unfair the way Nancy could write this! We do not all have such an excellent family for material. Did you know my dear that Nancy’s sister herself said she had no imagination? It’s too true, darling! Pursuit of Love was how she found out Nancy was sleeping with a Frenchman. The story is all rather sad you know, almost the ‘saddest story ever told’ by whats his name who has the name like an American car? No dear, nobody is named Chry ...more
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Jan 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010), 501 Must Read Books
Shelves: memoirs, history
This book is composed of two well-known novels by Nancy Mitford (1904-1973): The Pursuit of Love (1945) and Love in a Cold Climate (1949). I decided to read this because the first is included in the 501 Must Read Books: Memoirs and the second is included in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010). The inclusion of the first book as memoir is somewhat misplaced because the narrator of the story is Fanny. While the main protagonist in the story is Linda, the one who pursues love. M ...more
"Well, you know, they did," says boorish peer Lady Montdore, when another character surmises that the Indian "Rajahs" must have worshiped her and Lord Montdore during the English couples' sojourn on the subcontinent,

"Well, you know, they did...They really worshipped us. It was quite touching. And, of course, we deserved it. We did a very great deal for them. I think I may say we put India on the map. Hardly any of one's friends in England had ever even heard of India before we went there, you kn
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How is it possible that I didn't hear of Nancy Mitford before the age of 29? I read these novels like I ate candies when I was little: with intense pleasure, and very slowly, to make them last.

The tepid back cover copy and fluffy introduction surprised me; these are witty books about rich people, yes, but they deal in serious issues. Mitford is interested in how women compromise their power when they get married, or divorced, and what separates a prostitute from a mistress, and what poverty dri
I'm rather a fan of the Mitford Sisters--- however not? They gave us...hmmm...a duchess, a Communist, a fascist, a novelist, a lesbian poultry-breeding magnate, and a sister who either slept with Hitler or imagined she did. And Nancy Mitford (the novelist sister) gave us..."Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate"--- hilarious, sad, wickedly clever, darkly witty, and perfect for all those of us with serious Bright Young Things fetishes. "Pursuit" takes us off to a world that may or may not ...more
This movie Love in a Cold Climate (2001– ) is available at You Tube.


Elisabeth Dermot Walsh as Linda
Rosamund Pike as Fanny
Megan Dodds as Polly
Javier Alcina as Juan Lopez
Sara Weymouth as Polly's Nurse
John Light as Christian
John Hopkins as Robert Parker
Zoe Waites as Lavender Davies
Christian Coulson as Matt
John Wood as Lord Merlin
Daniel Evans as Cedric
Samuel Labarthe as Fabrice
Anthony Andrews as Boy
Tom Ward as Alfred
Sheila Gish as Lady Montdore
Rupert Frazer as Lord Paddington
These books were mildly enjoyable. I mostly liked the narrator, but did kind of wonder about her judgment. In the first book, "The Pursuit of Love", she keeps talking about how charming her friend Linda is. She tells it, but I didn't really see it. Linda just seemed silly, unambitious and aimless, and just as bad a judge of character as her friend Fanny, the narrator. I know that part of the problem is the world where these women grew up, where not much was expected of women, and no real encoura ...more
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, favorites, 2007, 2006, own, 2015
I read these books every year, and I love them more and more each time. There is a lot of comfort in them, but mostly I admire the way in which Nancy Mitford explores the idea of family, of society, and of the self, and how loneliness operates in a world where you are always being kept track of. I think, actually, that these books can become quite melancholy, albeit always with a smiling face. Mitford's wit is pretty much unmatched, except by Evelyn Waugh, one of her very best friends, and like ...more
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every bit as funny, effortlessly cultured and filled with insights about politics and social class as you might imagine (presuming you've heard of Nancy Mitford). The Pursuit of Love, from 1945, shows her keen awareness of the U/non-U linguistic distinction well before she elaborated it in her famous 1954 Encounter article, "The English Aristocracy". The irascible country squire character (molded on her father) is scolding his sister about the "dreadful" middle-class education the teenage narrat ...more
Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read only the first novel, The Pursuit of Love, and fully intend to make the acquaintance of the second at some point in the future. For few books have made me laugh so consistently--not at anything intentionally humorous, but at the sheer absurdity of it all, and most particularly the very droll, very unique way British upperclass/aristocratic types seemed to communicate with each other in that brief span between the Wars (it would almost seem to be caricature, but there's also a distinct sense ...more
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Nancy Mitford, CBE (28 November 1904, London – 30 June 1973, Versailles), styled The Hon. Nancy Mitford before her marriage and The Hon. Mrs Peter Rodd thereafter, was an English novelist and biographer, one of the Bright Young People on the London social scene in the inter-war years. She was born at 1 Graham Street (now Graham Place) in Belgravia, London, the eldest daughter of Lord Redesdale and ...more
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“Twice in her life she had mistaken something else for it; it was like seeing somebody in the street who you think is a friend, you whistle and wave and run after him, and it is not only not the friend, but not even very like him. A few minutes later the real friend appears in view, and then you can't imagine how you ever mistook that other person for him. Linda was now looking upon the authentic face of love, and she knew it, but it frightened her. That it should come so casually, so much by a series of accidents, was frightening.” 36 likes
“But I think she would have been happy with Fabrice,' I said. 'He was the great love of her life, you know.'
Oh, dulling,' said my mother, sadly. 'One always thinks that. Every, every time.”
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