The Pursuit of Love Oh the tedium of waiting to grow up Longing for love obsessed with weddings and sex Linda and her sisters and cousin Fanny are on the look out for the perfect lover But finding Mr Right is much hard

  • Title: The Pursuit of Love
  • Author: Nancy Mitford Emilia Fox
  • ISBN: 9781408444597
  • Page: 423
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  • Oh the tedium of waiting to grow up Longing for love, obsessed with weddings and sex, Linda and her sisters and cousin Fanny are on the look out for the perfect lover But finding Mr Right is much harder than any of the young ladies thought.

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    1. Nancy Mitford Emilia Fox

      Nancy Mitford, CBE 28 November 1904, London 30 June 1973, Versailles , styled The Hon Nancy Mitford before her marriage and The Hon Mrs Peter Rodd thereafter, was an English novelist and biographer, one of the Bright Young People on the London social scene in the inter war years She was born at 1 Graham Street now Graham Place in Belgravia, London, the eldest daughter of Lord Redesdale and was brought up at Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire She was the eldest of the six controversial Mitford sisters.She is best remembered for her series of novels about upper class life in England and France, particularly the four published after 1945 but she also wrote four well received, well researched popular biographies of Louis XIV, Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire, and Frederick the Great She was one of the noted Mitford sisters and the first to publicise the extraordinary family life of her very English and very eccentric family, giving rise to a Mitford industry which continues.Her Published Works Novels Highland Fling 1931 Christmas Pudding 1932 Wigs on the Green 1935 Pigeon Pie 1940 The Pursuit of Love 1945 Love in a Cold Climate 1949 The Blessing 1951 Don t Tell Alfred 1960 Non Fiction Madame de Pompadour 1954 Voltaire in Love 1957 The preface to Saint Simon at Versailles by Lucy Norton 1958 The Water Beetle 1962 The Sun King 1966 Frederick the Great 1970 A Talent to Annoy Essays, Journalism and Reviews 1929 1968 edited by Charlotte Mosley 1986 Collections of Letters Love from Nancy The Letters of Nancy Mitford edited by Charlotte Mosley 1993 The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh edited by Charlotte Mosley 1996 The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street Letters between Nancy Mitford and Heywood Hill 1952 73 edited by John Saumarez Smith 2004 The Mitfords Letters Between Six Sisters edited by Charlotte Mosley 2007 Works as Editor The Ladies of Alderley Letters 1841 1850 1938 The Stanleys of Alderley Their letters 1851 1865 1939 Mitford edited these two volumes of letters, written by the family of her great grandparents, Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley and his wife Henrietta Maria, daughter of the 13th Viscount Dillon Noblesse Oblige 1956

    551 thoughts on “The Pursuit of Love”

    1. “Always either on a peak of happiness or drowning in black waters of despair they loved or they loathed, they lived in a world of superlatives.”Nancy Mitford, unlucky in love, like many of her heroines.Nancy Mitford had five sisters and one brother and when you look her up on all of her siblings are in blue which of course means that has a worthy entry for each one of them. They were certainly a talented, artistic family, and if this book is any indication also quick with the witty dialogu [...]

    2. Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love is about love and loss, about family unity, about memories and senseless consequences. A very worthy theme, for love is what enriches our memories and memories what sustains our lives.There they are, held like flies, in the amber of that moment – click goes the camera and on goes life; the minutes, the days, the years, the decades, taking them further and further from that happiness and promise of youth, from the hopes Aunt Sadie must have had for them, and [...]

    3. RESEÑA COMPLETA: cronicasdemagrat.wordpressMe lo he pasado demasiado bien con este libro como para no darle la máxima puntuación posible. Es ingenioso, ligero, divertido pero con destellos de una realidad terrible (La Guerra Civil española con sus refugiados, el auge del fascismo, la Segunda Guerra Mundial).Es un libro lleno de personajes ridículos y maravillosos (tío Matthew y Lord Merlin INOLVIDABLES), totalmente british. Realmente creo que si Jane Austen hubiera nacido en el siglo XX hu [...]

    4. After some of the books I have read recently – interesting ones, but with prose that's ranged from workmanlike to experimental – it was a huge pleasure to indulge myself with a writer that has such perfect mastery over her sentences. This sparkling, clear-sighted and unromantic romantic comedy is a little chef d'œuvre of wit and dazzling conversation, in which Mitford deploys the same mannered levity to write about great tragedy that she does to describe an amusing misunderstanding at a din [...]

    5. Life, she thought, is sometimes sad and often dull, but there are currants in the cake and here is one of them.The early morning sun shone past her window on to the river, her ceiling danced with water-reflections. The Sunday silence was broken by two swans winging slowly upstream, and then by the chugging of a little barge, while she waited for that other sound, a sound more intimately connected with the urban love affair than any except the telephone bell, that of a stopping taxicab. Sun, sile [...]

    6. SUMMARY FROM THE BOOKNancy Mitford’s most enduringly popular novel, The Pursuit of Love is a classic comedy about growing up and falling in love among the privileged and eccentric. Mitford modeled her characters on her own famously unconventional family. We are introduced to the Radletts through the eyes of their cousin Fanny, who stays with them at Alconleigh, their Gloucestershire estate. Uncle Matthew is the blustering patriarch, known to hunt his children when foxes are scarce; Aunt Sadie [...]

    7. I recall going through a bit of a Mitford sisters stage when I was a teenager, although I think that involved reading things about them rather than reading things by them. That said, I know that I read Love in a Cold Climate when I was about fifteen, although I remember absolutely nothing about the book. It was, therefore, a bit of a surprise to realise that this novel is the first in a trilogy of which Love in a Cold Climate is the second book. This is the story of the intensely romantic Linda [...]

    8. I came to this because a) never read mitfords, b) love the whole daft-country-manor-in-the-thirties genre, c) mother of narrator here is real-life Lady Idina Sackville /review/show/ and, d) it was recommended.Truth is that at first I didn't know if I could sit thru the cutely-brit + twee aspects of the girls interacting, but soon enough the wickedly funny emerged and I was completely on board. (Uncle Matthew, lord of the manor, a colonel-blimp who gnashes his way thru a couple sets of dentures a [...]

    9. bbc/programmes/b018ft1mDescription: Fanny Logan tells the story of her beloved aristocratic cousins, the Radletts, and in particular Linda, who is beautiful and loves animals. Uncle Mathew hunts his children with bloodhounds (to the horror of respectable families in the local village) and keeps a blood-spattered entrenching tool above the fireplace as a relic of his experiences in the First World War. The cousins spend much of their childhood in the airing cupboard - the only warm place in the e [...]

    10. Really quite wonderful. I had no idea what to expect from Nancy Mitford, knowing that people are divided over her type of comedy. Luckily it was exactly the sort of comedy that I like, and I found my first experience with her fabulous and so incredibly funny. I also unknowingly read this first without realizing that it's the first in a series of stories about the same characters - I cannot wait to read 'Love in a Cold Climate.'

    11. It's called The Pursuit of Love and that's what it's about, in the grand tradition of women's novels about pursuing love, which was perfected by Jane Austen and then immediately subverted by virtually everyone else until really the only subversive thing left is to return to Austen unironically, which is more or less what Mitford has done. It contains one of the best descriptions of love I've ever read, which is saying something since one could make a passable argument that describing love is all [...]

    12. I think Linda grabbed that day that I took years to learn: the behavior of a civilized man has nothing to do with nature. All is artifice and more or less artistry.

    13. OK, I do not like writing reviews of books I detest, and so I will try and keep this brief. I knew before I picked this up that the story would be a fictionalized retelling of events in the lives of the Mitfords. At the beginning it was a bit of a game figuring out which fictional character corresponded to which member of the Mitford family. That solved, I became more and more bored. If you know about the family members you learn nothing new about the family from this book. In addition, real fac [...]

    14. The Radletts are eccentric and conventional in a bizarre conflation of these terms: their great love for hunting, their ‘anthropomorphic views’ of their pets, their lack of aestheticism, and their resentful admiration for the patriarch who is for them the touchstone of ‘English manhood’ combine into a ferocious mixture of aristocratic snobbery and unworldly naiveté. Matthew Radlett is the source of all the savagery that flows into the family making him an embodiment of a warm-hearted br [...]

    15. Creo que debo partir la valoración de este libro en dos términos:-Técnica narrativa y estilo literario: 5 Estrellas.-Capacidad para emocionarme: 1 Estrellas.Es la primera vez que me encuentro tanta diferencia entre lo brillante que me parece la escritura y lo poco (o nada) que me importa lo que suceda en la novela y lo cierto es que estoy confusa y que creo que es un tema muy subjetivo.Nancy Miford, la autora de la novela, tuvo una vida interesantísima y ese es el motivo por el que esta nove [...]

    16. Sharp, witty, and a real eye-opener into a certain aristocratic mindset. "We were all terrible snobs in those days". And the derision of the vulgarity of a cottage with a spring-flowering garden. How common! One's home should be cold and pragmatic. Kind of hilarious.

    17. Last year I unwittingly read the 1949 sequel, Love in a Cold Climate, first. I rather enjoyed that one, but somehow wasn’t in the mood for Mitford this time around, and ended up just skimming this one. Once again Fanny traces the love life of one of her posh cousins. This time it’s Linda Radlett, whose two marriages – to a Conservative and a Communist – are doomed to failure. Then she finds her true love, too late. I liked the ball scene, and the image of Uncle Matthew using his bloodhou [...]

    18. Catching up with the classics # 243.5 starsI️ read love in a cold climate out of order and there was no issue.

    19. I have had something of a Mitford addiction in the past – reading many, though not all, of Nancy’s novels and devouring several of the many books written about this extraordinary family. The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate are of course Nancy Mitford’s best known novels, and I have wanted to re-read them for some time. In this novel undoubtedly her most autobiographical novel Nancy Mitford used her famous wit to lift the lid on the absurdities of aristocratic life – particular [...]

    20. I can’t decide if the Mitford family works better as fiction or nonfiction. If they hadn’t actually existed, we would probably consider their fictional equivalents too outlandish and improbable, a too on-the-nose attempt to lampoon the aristocracy while shoehorning in some early-twentieth-century politics. But in The Pursuit of Love, just one of eldest sister Nancy’s novelisations of her fabulously bizarre family, little details like Uncle Matthew’s tendency to “hunt” the children ar [...]

    21. I regard The Pursuit of Love as a pristine example of hilarity upheld with a fist. Chuckles pervade on almost every page while always reinforcing life's injustice. The risible drifts into a bruised silence. In very unequal measures, The Pursuit of Love is much more Candide than Emma.

    22. Five stars for descriptive writing. Two stars for characterization. One star for storytelling. I cracked the spine of this slim volume while visiting my twin. It was a lovely Folio edition complete with illustrations. I was hooked by the first paragraph:There is a photograph in existence of Aunt Sadie and her six children sitting round the tea-table at Alconleigh. The table is situated, as it was, is now, and ever shall be, in the hall, in front of a huge open fire of logs. Over the chimneypiece [...]

    23. I wanted to like this novel (as it was recommended to me by a good friend), but I really didn't. It's famous, and has had movies and Broadway shows inspired by it--but I couldn't come to like it, or love it, as others do. The main character is insufferable; I think we are supposed to love her? I supposed if I could see the literary quality of the text, I would be less inclined to dislike it, that is, if I could see a particular literary quality. The main character is the type of character for wh [...]

    24. I loved this book. If you enjoy the upstairs drama of Downton Abbey, if you like reading about the lives of the upper-class, and if you enjoy biting and witty writing, I would recommend picking up The Pursuit of Love. Nancy has a wicked pen and I found myself laughing out loud at several points, whether at a particularly mean remark or a hilarious read, but the book is also sensitive and even tragic.It does help if you know a little bit about the legendary Mitford sisters, since this book is (am [...]

    25. My Favorite Book read in 2013What a perfect little gem of a book. It struck exactly the right chord with me. Even after I realized that I had read this novel several years ago, it did not lessen my enjoyment one bit.I adored crabby, cantankerous Uncle Matthew. Uncle Matthew answered the telephone, and shouted to Aunt Sadie, without taking his mouth away from the receiver: “That hog Merlin wants to speak with you.” – Nancy Mitford He is a hoot and the definition of Non-PC.I can’t wait to [...]

    26. Despite her reputation as something of a Jane Austen acolyte, Mitford is a writer who doesn't flinch (and for what it's worth, I don't think Austen does either). She's much tougher than the girly book covers she's saddled with suggest. They may be wealthy beyond any means I'll ever know but her characters aren't spared the unpleasantness of life. They just don't notice which is their great tragedy. But while I appreciated her methods, the story wasn't enough to truly hold my attention. In the en [...]

    27. What struck me most about the book was the tone of the narrator and the characters. Bizarre, dramatic, and emotional situations were described with such a detached urbanity and dry wit. Mitford’s style of writing really captures the absurdity of life in an amusing way, and I was often struck by how modern her writing felt. Overall a fun and short read that will make you think, and hopefully help ease some of your longing for Cousin Matthew and Mary. See my full review here

    28. 4.5 StarsFirst published in 1945 but set largely in the interwar years, Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love is a wonderful novel about a young woman’s search for true love, complete with all the delights and disappointments such a quest entails.To read my review, please visit:jacquiwine.wordpress/2017

    29. Миленько и остроумно, должно бы читаться за полтора часа, но очень не хватает грамотно встроенного сюжета. А так да, накрашенные гуашью щеки; графья и коммунисты; дети, копящие пенсы на побег из дома; инкрустированные бриллиантами кофры; лорд по фамилии Мерлин — все очень си [...]

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