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The Pursuit of Love

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    Downton Abbey Gone Berserk?

    The Pursuit of Love is a clear, concise, stylish, comic read, blessedly not too long, inhabited by vivid characters one of whom--the tempestuous, blustering Uncle Matthew--will stick in memory over many a reading season. On one level you may consider the novel a kind of Downton Abbey gone stark raving mad; a place with the inevitable daughters who must contend with their lordship daddy, an alleged brute known to hunt his children when foxes are scarce! The narrative follows the travails of Linda, the most beautiful and wayward Radlett daughter, who first falls for a Tory politician, then an ardent Communist, and finally a French duke named Fabrice. Nancy Mitford has a perfect ear for the witty dialog that underpins her novel. Good for the book club.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Delightful reading

    Nancy Mitford's account of the lives of an aristocratic English family between the two world wars. The novel (almost novelette) comes across almost as an odd combination of a modern Jane Austin (the lives of the rich viewed from the inside) and chick-lit (an easy style, a young girl in pursuit of love, plus a self mocking of some of the emptyness surrounding the wealthy).

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    Not as funny I thought it would be. Much of the humor is about

    Not as funny I thought it would be. Much of the humor is about bad marriages, sexual awareness of kids, and family disfunction. It's entertaining, and well-written, but it pales beside any Wodehouse book (funny, beautifully written, and innocent).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Loved it!

    This is the first Nancy Mitford book I've read, she is one of those writers who can really put you in the picture. I look forward to reading all of her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    4/5 of a book

    I just finished this and enjoyed most of it. The narrator Fanny had a real love for the dramatic exceses of her cousin Linda through girlhood, two disastrous marriages and a love affair with an older man. Then near the end WWII started and thre light flippant tone shifted to ration books and the minutiae of life during wartime. Linda's final scene was shockingly abrupt, almost offhanded, but I still enjoyed the overall story.

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