The Sweet Dove Died

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Between the amorous antique dealer Humphrey and his good-looking nephew James glides the magnificent Leonora, delicate as porcelain, cool as ice. Can she keep James in her thrall? Or will he be taken from her by a lover, like Phoebe . . . or Ned, the wicked American?

'A highly distinctive and - ultimately - charitable novel' Financial Times

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Overview

Between the amorous antique dealer Humphrey and his good-looking nephew James glides the magnificent Leonora, delicate as porcelain, cool as ice. Can she keep James in her thrall? Or will he be taken from her by a lover, like Phoebe . . . or Ned, the wicked American?

'A highly distinctive and - ultimately - charitable novel' Financial Times

'Faultless' Guardian

'Her Characters are all meticulously impaled on the delicate pins of a wit that is as scrupulous as it is deadly' Observer

'A coldly funny book' Sunday Telegraph

'Highly distinctive . . . the critics who have recently insisted on Miss Pym's too long neglected gifts have not been wrong' Financial Times

"Reading Barbara Pym is...a wonderful experience, full of unduplicable perceptions..."--Newsweek

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781447238447
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan (Bello)
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 547,039
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

A writer from the age of sixteen, Barbara Pym has been acclaimed as 'the most underrated writer of the century' (Philip Larkin). Pym's substantial reputation evolved through the publication of six novels from 1950 to 1961, then resumed in 1977 with the publication of Quartet in Autumn and three other novels. She died in 1980.
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  • Posted April 25, 2009

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    Pym's Work is Entertaining and Impressive

    Barbara Pym is definitely in the School of Jane Austen, what with her focus on the drama of the inner life of the individual person, rather than on a reliance on dramatics. In The Sweet Dove Died the web of relationships is fascinating. Pym powerfully shows both the human ability to give ourselves to others, but our propensity to withhold ourselves from others, as well. I find her work touching and funny.

    While in the School of Austen, Pym has a style and voice of her own. It's a persuasive voice that has left me eager to pick up another novel of hers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    If you enjoy Agatha Christie

    Barbara Pym's writings remind me of Agatha Christie. The stories appear simple but contain a web of twists and turns, the characters are common human beings but not without faults or complexity, and the writing is clear and compelling. The Sweet Dove Dies is no exception. Young James, orphaned as a child and taken in by his Uncle Humphrey, is a spineless everyman in need of care. Fortunately or unfortunately, as a young man in his twenties, he becomes the obsession of fifty-year-old Leonora Eyre, a wealthy spinster. Neither James or Leonora has ever had a normal male-female relationship, and neither knows how to initiate, much less maintain one. Thus deception, conniving, and manipulation run rampant within the pages of this book. I highly recommend this book to lovers of Brit Lit such as Agatha Christie or Jane Austen, or who have enjoyed some of Maeve Binchy's or Jon Hassler's tales.

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