The Pursuit of Love is one of the funniest and most biting novels about love and growing up ever written, by the author of Love in a Cold Climate.
Oh, the boredom of waiting to grow up! Longing for love, obsessed with weddings and sex, Linda and her sisters and cousin Fanny fantasise about the perfect lover. But finding Mr Right proves difficult, and Linda must bear marriage with both Tony the stuffy Tory MP and gorgeously handsome but humourless communist Christian before finding real passion in war-torn Paris with Fabrice.
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A good listen, a better read.
Nancy Mitford's tale of the life of Linda, told through the ever-loving eyes of her cousin Fanny, is effortlessly enchanting and often gloriously funny. Each character possesses some mildly eccentric characteristics, perhaps only with the exception of Fanny herself. A modern listener may find certain passages quaint and dated, but the underlying themes are of perpetual interest today.
Their childhoods - who doesn't want a Hon's cupboard now?
Yes; I Capture the Castle is brilliantly read, so much so that you fogey you are listening to an audiobook and are entirely swept up by the story. Here, however, she feels a little younger in terms of her narrative style, and sometimes you are left feeling that she hasn't quite got the sense of one or two phrases or passages.
To pursue more Mitford.
A bucket list book if nothing else; you feel changed by it, which can only be the sign of good writing. Despite its feminine appearance, it tackles numerous subjects from politics, feminism, war, religion and that transitional period in English society that has now gone forever. A book that very eloquently defies a lot of misconceptions.
A wonderful book very badly read.