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Excellent Women Excellent Women Is One Of Barbara Pym S Richest And Most Amusing High Comedies Mildred Lathbury Is A Clergyman S Daughter And A Mild Mannered Spinster In 1950s England She Is One Of Those Excellent Women, The Smart, Supportive, Repressed Women Who Men Take For Granted As Mildred Gets Embroiled In The Lives Of Her New Neighbors Anthropologist Helena Napier And Her Handsome, Dashing Husband, Rocky, And Julian Malory, The Vicar Next Door The Novel Presents A Series Of Snapshots Of Human Life As Actually, And Pluckily, Lived In A Vanishing World Of Manners And Repressed Desires.

[Ebook] ↠ Excellent Women  Author Barbara Pym – Thegreatwallonline.us
  • Paperback
  • 231 pages
  • Excellent Women
  • Barbara Pym
  • English
  • 27 July 2018
  • 014310487X

10 thoughts on “Excellent Women


  1. says:

    With a sweetness reminiscent of Edith Wharton s gorgeous The Age of Innocence, Excellent Women is proof, not solely of female excellence, but of the overall human goodness Nothing short of miraculous, this novel about a wallflower who knows just how shitty men can often treat their counterparts, and how with much ease the ill treatment is endured, is both a classic and a must I have never read acompassionate or sympathetic voice, like that of our heroine s Also, the quantity of tea With a sweetness reminiscent of Edith Wharton s gorgeous The Age of Innocence, Excellent Women is proof, not solely of female excellence, but of the overall human goodness Nothing short of miraculous, this novel about a wallflower who knows just how shitty men can often treat their counterparts, an...


  2. says:

    Aside from a few differences living in the 1950s, being British, not being a teacher, being actively involved in church Mildred Lathbury could easily be me She s in her early 30s, she s unmarried, people keep telling her about their problems and expecting her to fix them, men think she s in love with them just because she s single, and she prefers living by herself because someone else would just mess everything up.And here s another thing that I noticed her friends and neighbors would often Aside from a few differences living in the 1950s, being British, not being a teacher, being actively involved in church Mildred Lathbury could easily be me She s in her early 3...


  3. says:

    This review first appeared on my blog Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books.Awhile ago, I asked for recommendations for books that take place in small villages I d just done a re read of Emma and followed that up with An Accomplished Woman, and I was really enjoying the scale of the worlds and the consequent depth of observation that this allowed for which is why I asked forOne that came up a couple of times but hadn t made it to the top yet was Excellent Women by Barbara Pym I wish that I had l This review first appeared on my blog Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books.Awhile ago, I asked for recommendations for books that take place in small villages I d just done a re read of Emma and followed that up with An Accomplished Woman, and I was really enjoying the scale of th...


  4. says:

    I am re reading Barbara Pym s books this summer to lift my spirits as I recover from physical injury I find I can only take so much emotional stress before I retreat to her closely observed lives full of the quotidian routines of the women who are the backbone of the Anglican Church Flower arranging, knitting, polishing church brasses, it is all part of the detail of their quiet lives as loss of love is accepted with resignation, spinster...


  5. says:

    I had such high hopes that I would love this book, and I did, so very much.So many people had said that it was so good, that it was Barbara Pym s best book, and when I realised that it was the story of a spinster, in her thirties in the fifties, my mind went spinning back.Not to the fifties I m not that old but to when my mother took me to church as a very small child We always sat behind a row of elderly ladies, and I spent a long time looking at their backs and hats during dull sermons an I had such high hopes that I would love this book, and I did, so very much.So many people had said that it was so good, that it was Barbara Pym s best book, and when I realised that it was the story of a spinster, in her thirties in the fifties, my mind went spinning back.Not to the fifties I m not that old but to when my mother took me to church as a very small child We always sat behind a row of elderly ladies, and I spent a long time looking at their backs and hats during dull sermons and lengthy intercessions They always spoke to my mother they had kn...


  6. says:

    I am honestly not sure what to make of this book I initially discovered this book and author through a randomcrawl, where I assume it was recommended to me based on some of my other highly rated books I vaguely remember reading that Excellent Women was satirical, funny, biting, etc., and there were several comparisons to Jane Austen I don t share the crush that virtually all well educated white girls seem to have for Jane Austen despite being a well educated white girl myself , but I am honestly not sure what to make of this book I initially discovered this book and author through a randomcrawl, where I assume it was recommended to me based on some of my other highly rated books I vaguely remember reading that Excellent Women was satirical, funny, biting, etc., and there were several comparisons to Jane Austen I don t share the crush that virtually all well educated white girls seem to have for Jane Austen despite being a well educated white girl myself , but I did enjoy Sense and Sensibility well enough for me to take a second look at any author who s compared to Austen The main character of Excellent Women is a single 30 year old woman named Mildred who lives in London in the 1950s This being the 50s, and Mildred being 30 already, she is considered to have entered the spinster stage and is treated very patronizingly by everyone around her, as though she had suddenly gone mad and started ...


  7. says:

    Just what I was looking for This is charming, witty and introduced me to the wonderfully observant Mildred Lathbury My first book by Pym, but not my last Findreviews and bookish fun at


  8. says:

    I fear I may have been a little severe in my assessment of Ms Pym so, as I m sure her legions of fans will be delighted to hear, I sat myself out on the terrace yesterday afternoon and read this one straight through, cover to cover, in 5 hours.Quartet in Autumn was driech dull sad people leading sad dull lives This one was at least subtly humorous, but, weirdly enough, hardly less depressing for a that.The humourIn post WW2 Britain you still have to register with the butcher, and pre Elizabe I fear I may have been a little severe in ...


  9. says:

    Although this wasn t a dashing romantic tale like Jane Eyre or even Pride and Prejudice I thought it was great It was slow in some areas, but I still found it rich and thrilling.Everyday life and excursions are related with humor and depth Church gossip and those delicate marital concerns that can arise when laundry is aired publicly, were so hilarious to watch as an outsider along with the protagonist I found it a bit feminist as wellin the...


  10. says:

    Stick on the kettle, put up your feet and settle into your favourite armchair with this cosy, post WW II English novel Barbara Pym s world is one of brown clad spinsters, nuns on bicycles and vicars who live with their sisters The foreword in my beautiful Virago Modern Classics edition was written by Alexander McCall Smith, and I now see where he got much of his inspiration for his 44 Scotland Street series.The book is the literary equivalent of an English pre war village with its small ...

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