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ISBN13: 9780452267305
ISBN10: 0452267307
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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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havi brooks, February 2, 2007 (view all comments by havi brooks)
My favorite Pym novel. I have read it at least twenty times and could quote large sections of it to you although you'd be better off curling up with a pot of tea and reading it yourself.

Excellent Women is a delicious depiction of a fairly quiet, not especially self-aware woman who has non-adventures and shares her meandering stream of consciousness thoughts in an absolutely unintentional but enormously enjoyable and clever way. Sweet little things happen to her, the other characters are a kick in the pants and the whole book is just perfectly done.

The "modern Jane Austin" appellation both fits and doesn't, the novel is perfectly charming and thoroughly enjoyable.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452267305
Author:
Pym, Barbara
Publisher:
Plume Books
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
England
Subject:
Single women
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Self-esteem in women
Subject:
Psychological fiction, England
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
21
Publication Date:
19880531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.62x5.24x.63 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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