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Excellent Women / Edition 1
     

Excellent Women / Edition 1

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by Barbara Pym
 

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ISBN-10: 0452267307

ISBN-13: 2900452267304

Pub. Date: 05/28/1988

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Excellent Women is probably the most famous of Barbara Pym's novels. The acclaim a few years ago for this early comic novel, which was hailed by Lord David Cecil as one of 'the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years,' helped launch the rediscovery of the author's entire work. Mildred Lathbury is a

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Excellent Women is probably the most famous of Barbara Pym's novels. The acclaim a few years ago for this early comic novel, which was hailed by Lord David Cecil as one of 'the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years,' helped launch the rediscovery of the author's entire work. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a spinster in the England of the 1950s, one of those 'excellent women' who tend to get involved in other people's lives - such as those of her new neighbor, Rockingham, and the vicar next door. This is Barbara Pym's world at its funniest.

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ISBN-13:
2900452267304
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1988
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
272

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Excellent Women 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReaderinColorado More than 1 year ago
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.
Fanny_B More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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