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The Pursuit of Love by [Mitford, Nancy]
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Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love is one of the funniest, sharpest novels about love and growing up ever written.

'Obsessed with sex!' said Jassy, 'there's nobody so obsessed as you, Linda. Why if I so much as look at a picture you say I'm a pygmalionist.'

In the end we got more information out of a book called Ducks and Duck Breeding.
'Ducks can only copulate,' said Linda, after studying this for a while, 'in running water. Good luck to them.'

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 lookout for the perfect lover.

But finding Mr Right is much harder than any of the sisters had thought. Linda must suffer marriage first to a stuffy Tory MP and then to a handsome and humourless communist, before finding real love in war-torn Paris. . .

'Utter, utter bliss' Daily Mail

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1384 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (12 November 2015)
  • Sold by: Penguin UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0167TOL5M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Utterly charming, totally British, wonderful writing by a witty women. I think that this book is her best .
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Witty but also had a dark underbelly which I felt disturbing particularly in relation to the treatment of children
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hon or counter hon 26 November 2012
By Amelia Gremelspacher - Published on
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All of us must look within ourselves for the answer. Fanny and her cousin Linda and sisters found the Hon Closet and meet regularly. Jon's have titles and counter hons do not. However one may be declared a hon by the cousins. I read this book years ago but retread it after reading American Lady in which Nancy Mitford is described often. for years I hoped only to be a hon.
Linda lives for love, and her lack of education and enforced lack of interests insure that love remains a central preoccupation. Her cousin Fanny narrates her study with wit and empathy. The false starts and the shame of an unfashionable frock are told with great understated humor. There are characters that we seem to know even in their absence. Fanny's mother is "The Bolter" who seems to run from every relationship and has left Fanny to be raised by her aunt. This book gives us the indelible description of new born baby as "the usual horrible sight of a screaming orange in a black wig." For poor Linda has married in haste, and after a tough pregnancy is not enchanted with her baby. Now doctors diagnosis this as postpartum depression, but for Linda, an aunt comments that she is too young to be taken with a child like an older woman. This book takes us to an earlier age when much of the commentary on life's challenges come from an aunt or a mother. They are cunningly portrayed, and despite the presence now of "experts", we continue to hear their words of wisdom or not so wisdom.
Linda comes to love her baby but goes back to her search for love. World War II enters the picture and alters the world of the hons forever. This book takes us through the changes as our two young women try to make sense of their places in the bigger world outside the Hon closet. If you haven't read it, do it right away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Entertaining Comedy of Manners 12 September 2011
By Antoinette Klein - Published on
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Nancy Mitford was a bright literary light who came of age between the two World Wars. Her large and wildly eccentric family has been renamed the Radletts and is the foundation for this opening installment of a trilogy dealing with an English family on the brink of WWII.

The narrator is Fanny, a niece abandoned by her fun-loving parents who had no desire to be bound by a child. Her mother, always referred to as The Bolter, makes rare appearances in Fanny's life and none so significant as when she delivers the final line of this novel, one of the best I can recall to close out a tale.

The characters and the story are seen through Fanny's eyes and she recounts their trials and tribulations with a frank and conversational tone that puts you firmly at home at Alconleigh, their cold and sparsely decorated ancestral home. Most notable amongst the characters is Linda, who flits from man to man in a self-centered and very worldly lifestyle that is both repelling and at the same time completely captivating. The terrifying Uncle Matthew is also notable for his harsh punishments and hatred of foreigners, but who suffers from a soft spot when it comes to his family and his beloved England.

Beautifully drawn characters, exquisite writing, and hysterically funny scenes make this a gem of a novel that has withstood the test of time since its 1945 publication.
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes. Read it. 7 June 2017
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Nicely done! I had rather low expectations of this one, being written by an icon of the '20's. However, I quite enjoyed the entire thing. Well-drawn portraits of certain "types", yet extremely thoughtful and exquisitely human commentary on Anglo society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read and enjoy 26 December 2014
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Mitford at her best, but more thought-provoking. Again, she gives the reader excellently-defined characters, scathing wit, and smart tricksters who can pull the wool over their unsuspecting targets' eyes and have them enjoying the experience. Don't let the era put you off ... it's as pertinent and topical now as it was when she wrote it.
1.0 out of 5 stars You got to be kidding me 13 April 2017
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Wondered why I even suffered through 60% of this book. Kept waiting for it to get better. And I did read it for my book club but even that did not cause me to finish the novel. Did not care for the characters or the writing.