Excellent Women

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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[One of] the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years. (Lord David Cecil)

A startling reminder that solitude may be chosen and that a lively, full novel can be constructed entirely within the precincts of that regressive virtue, feminine patience. (John Updike, The New Yorker)

Reading Barbara Pym is . . . a wonderful experience, full of unduplicable perceptions, sensations, and soul-stirrings. (Newsweek)

Philip Larkin
So there it stands, the world above the Thames: what stays longest with the reader once the amusement, the satire, the alert ear and exact eye have all been acknowledged? Partly it is the underlying lonliness of life...the absence of self-pity, the scrupulousness of one's relations with others, the small blame of comfort...the sparkle her novels had on first acquaintace has been succeeded by the deeper brilliance of established art.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143104872
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 234,216
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Pym (1913—1980) was a British novelist best known for her series of satirical novels on English middle-class society.
A. N. Wilson is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a prize-winning scholar and author.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

    This book and all of Barbara Pym's books are great small Brit town reads.
    If you enjoy the British programs on PBS you will enjoy her books. Even if there is no essential plot you just fall in with her characters and really care what they have to say and what they do.

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  • Posted April 25, 2009

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    One to Read Again and Again

    This is my second time reading Barbara Pym's Excellent Women. I confess, when I checked the book out, I hadn't remembered that I had read it--that is, until I opened it up and ran into my old acquaintance Mildred. I was tempted to put it down again--just because I had wanted a new book--but I found I couldn't. Pym draws you in, with her funny characters, and those scenes of awkward humanity. Once I finished, I immediately went to the library and checked out The Sweet Dove Died, which I loved even more. Pym is fast becoming one of my favorite writers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    Excellent Read

    It was most enjoyable. I had never heard of this author or her books. I wish I would have found her sooner. It is so hard to describe this book. It was just a fun time to read it. I will read the rest of her books. Too bad there aren't that many books she wrote before she died.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2002

    Sweet and Funny

    I thought this was a sweet, funny book with wonderful characters that really come to life. Pym does a wonderful job of exploring the inner lives of her characters and describing the small domestic scenes which make up so much of life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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