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by Barbara PYM

ePub No fond return of love download
Author:
Barbara PYM
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978-0224017695
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0224017691
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Jonathan Cape; New Impression edition (1979)
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Home Barbara Pym No Fond Return of Love. Aylwin now turned to The Times and found himself confronted by an obituary notice of a man well known to him, cut down in his prime, as it were.

Home Barbara Pym No Fond Return of Love. And of course a contributor, identified only by his initials, had quoted Marlowe’s lines from Dr Faustus: Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight

Barbara pym. Perennial library. No fond return of love.

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Barbara Pym (1913-80) was born in Shropshire and educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford

Barbara Pym (1913-80) was born in Shropshire and educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford. When in 1977 the TLS asked critics to name the most underrated authors of the past 75 years, only one was named twice (by Philip Larkin and Lord David Cecil): Barbara Pym. Her novels are characterised by what Anne Tyler has called 'the heartbreaking silliness of everyday life'. Библиографические данные. No Fond Return Of Love Virago Modern Classics. They entered the church, taking hymn-books and prayer-books from a shelf by the door. There were not many people there, so it was easy to choose a seat at the back. A middle-aged man, wearing a hearing-aid, was sitting two rows in front of them. He must have heard or sensed their entrance, for he looked quickly round at them, and when Dulcie had got up from saying a quick prayer, she was disconcerted to find that he had disappeared. Nor was she reassured when some instinct made her turn round and she saw him now sitting behind them.

Part of Barbara Pym’s genius lays in the minutely observed everyday situations of her upper middle class characters, we may never have lived.

I already had an idea that No Fond Return of Love, (along with Jane and Prudence) – was my favourite Pym, I’m now convinced of it. Shortly after her engagement is broken off, Dulcie Mainwaring attends a conference at a girl’s boarding school in Derbyshire. Clustered together are a strange group of scholars, indexers and proof readers. Part of Barbara Pym’s genius lays in the minutely observed everyday situations of her upper middle class characters, we may never have lived their lives, yet somehow they are peculiarly recognisable. There is a delicious dry humour to Pym’s writing that is comforting and subtly profound.

MISS PYM'S DAY OUT (Patricia Routledge) (1991) - Продолжительность: 47:23 S Holmes Recommended for you.

Earlier in the year, I had a lot of fun with Barbara Pym’s much-loved novel, Excellent Women (1952). The protagonist in No Fond Return (1961) is Dulcie Mainwaring, a r-old spinster who works as an indexer and proof-reader from her home in the London suburbs.

Novelist Barbara Pym was born in Shropshire and educated at Oxford University. After the publication of No Fond Return of Love (1961), all her books were out of print until she was cited, coincidentally by both David Cecil and Philip Larkin, as among the most underestimated novelists of the 20th century. She subsequently completed two successful novels, The Sweet Dove Died (1978) and Quartet in Autumn (1978), the latter a comic-pathetic study of two men and two women in their sixties who work in the same office but lead separate, lonely lives outside.

I started reading Barbara Pym's No Fond Return last week, but put it aside in favour of another book - any book, quite frankly. Jilly Cooper and Philip Larkin can only be flattering a fellow author when they claim that Pym is comparable to, or indeed better than, Jane Austen

I started reading Barbara Pym's No Fond Return last week, but put it aside in favour of another book - any book, quite frankly. Jilly Cooper and Philip Larkin can only be flattering a fellow author when they claim that Pym is comparable to, or indeed better than, Jane Austen. That could only be the case for people who prefer reading about middle-aged, middle class spinsters in 1950s England, over the timeless wit and insight of Austen's limited oeuvre.

Barbara Pym is, for me, one of the best writers that I have ever read. So the next time I was at the library, I picked up one of her books: "No Fond Return of Love. She has a way of making every day life in little British towns seem so interesting and enthralling that I never want to leave. This book sounds like it should be a romance novel, and is-sort of.

  • Pym fans are aware that she published six novels between 1950 and 1961 and then suffered a drought until QUARTET IN AUTUMN was released in 1977. This was her last novel before publishers dropped her and it certainly doesn't foreshadow her coming problems. This one is so very much a "Pym" book and her joy and confidence in her work is never more evident. It's full of insider jokes: her first novel (SOME TAME GAZELLE) in Dulcie's bathroom, four characters from A GLASS OF BLESSINGS showing up to advance the plot, and even an appearance by the author herself in a hotel dining room. "...but as she was a woman of about forty, ordinary-looking and unaccompanied, nobody took much notice of her." No one connected her with the books that they read and enjoyed and so continued eating, "quite unconscious that they were being observed."

    Observation is a major theme of the book and Dulcie (although she does indexes and isn't a "creative" writer) is an avid people-watcher. Sometimes her hobby becomes almost an obsession and she'll go to great (and very amusing) lengths to get information about those she becomes interested in. She worries that she prefers the role of observer to that of an active participant in life, but she also realizes the advantages of remaining aloof. She's an unusual character - conventional, but eccentric; shy, but totally lacking in self-consciousness. I think that Pym put a great deal of herself into Dulcie and she's an appealing heroine.

    There's "romance" although sometimes it's not very romantic. Although a plain woman and a life-long spinster, Pym was usually "involved" (that's the term her biographical information uses, so I'll adopt it) with some man or another. She believed that happiness is not just for the young, model-beautiful heroine marrying the handsome billionaire, but for all of us. When her characters find love, it's particularly satisfying for us, because we see ourselves in them. Her novels are books to be savored and re-read.

  • I read and reread Barbara Pym so often that my copy of No Fond Return of Love was in tatters-so I needed to get another copy.
    No description of plot does justice to any book by Pym-you need to experience her books firsthand- " there are various ways of mending a broken heart, but perhaps going to a learned conference is one of the more unusual ." First published in 1961 No Fond Return is timeless in its exploration of love lost and love found.

  • Jilted by her fiancé (because he says she is "too good" for him), Dulcie Mainwaring has little to link her to the rest of the world. Although she has inherited a large Victorian house from her parents, she has no relatives, few friends, and a classic Barbara Pym job as an index compiler for scholarly authors; all she has to connect her to the rest of the world are the little fantasies she spins about those who lives are contingent to her own. And thus when she attends a book conference and becomes fascinated by a handsome married older author, Aylwin Forbes, and befriends the woman with whom he had an affair, Viola Dace, Dulcie finds a way to give new shape and direction for her life.

    One of Pym's most inventive comedies, NO FOND RETURN OF LOVE is much concerned with the way in which we invent stories about the people whom we live near, and how those fantasies can be even more sustaining for than our actual relations with these people. Dulcie and Viola become stalkers of Aylwin Forbes with little compunction or fear; it seems perfectly natural to them to base their friendship on trading information they've unearthed about him or on staking out his mother-in-law's house together. But most of the other characters are themselves fantasists too: Aylwin has constructed plans of his own around Dulcie's niece Laurel, for example. The novel is an extended commentary on metafiction, and thus it seems of little surprise when other characters from Pym's previous novels begin popping up for little cameos at the novel's end (though this does go on for too long), as does Pym herself. While not as funny as LESS THAN ANGELS nor as beautifully constructed as EXCELLENT WOMEN, this remains one of Pym's best books.

  • Not my favorite of Pym’s novels, but a beautifully crafted, carefully observed , and very funny book. Even a lesser Pym is a wonderful read, as comforting as a cup of tea. In Pym’s ordered but always interesting world, the heroine Dulcie, though not beautiful or in her first blush of youth, proves that even ordinary women can gain love.

  • We often say we wish people were as polite now as they were in the 1950s, but we forget the downside: that politeness on our parts would be necessary & that would be inconvenient. But on further reflection, it might be good for us, as it was for Dulcie. She didn't really want her niece to move in, but thought she owed it to her sister, & it livened her life a little. She really, really didn't want Viola as a boarder, either, but Viola became a co-conspirator in investigating Aylwin.

    For me, one of the tests of a good book is wondering what might happen afterwards to the characters. Will Viola's husband-to-be be sorry he married someone who can't cook & is a sloppy housekeeper? Will Dulcie be able to forget that Aylwin was interested in her niece? and so on