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by Barbara Pym

eBook Excellent Women download ISBN: 0060805129
Author: Barbara Pym
Publisher: Harpercollins Publisher; 2nd Printing edition (1980)
Language: English
ePub: 1307 kb
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Rating: 4.6
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Category: Literature
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BARBARA MARY CRAMPTON PYM (1913–1980) was a British novelist best known for her series of satirical novels on English middle-class society.

BARBARA MARY CRAMPTON PYM (1913–1980) was a British novelist best known for her series of satirical novels on English middle-class society. A graduate of St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, Pym published the first of her nine novels, Some Tame Gazelle, in 1950, followed by five more books. Despite this early success and continuing popularity, Pym went unpublished from 1963 to 1977.

Excellent Women book. Excellent Women is one of Barbara Pym's richest and most amusing high comedies. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England

Excellent Women book. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those "excellent women," the smart, supportive, repressed women who men take for granted.

Excellent Women is a novel by Barbara Pym, first published in 1952, her second published novel and generally acclaimed as the funniest and most successful of her comedies of manners. The phrase "excellent women" is used by men as a condescending reference to the kind of women who perform menial duties in the service of churches and voluntary organisations.

Barbara Pym writes about individuals who should be imprisoned and suffocated by their gender, their education .

Barbara Pym writes about individuals who should be imprisoned and suffocated by their gender, their education, their solitude, their class, their poverty, their tiny enclosed social circle - and yet somehow aren't. I particularly like the recorded version which is read in a dry, sardonic tone the underscores the cleverness and humor so present in the prose. Small throwaway lines will make you laugh and stay with you long after you’ve set this book aside.

Barbara Pym. I had been afraid that she would forget her promise to invite me, but she came up to my flat the evening before and we arranged what time we should go. There was a tea party first to which guests co. .The new President will be in the Chair,’ said Helena rather formally. He is such an old man that it’s a wonder he hasn’t been President before, but then there are a lot of the old ones. It will be our turn soon. I was a little preoccupied with what I should wear.

Excellent Women" is one of Barbara Pyms richest and most amusing high comedies. Mildred Lathbury is a clergymans daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women, the smart, supportive, repressed women who men take for granted.

An unqualifiedly great novel from the writer most likely to be compared to Jane Austen, this is a very funny, perfectly written book that can rival any other in its ability to capture the essence of its characters on the page

An unqualifiedly great novel from the writer most likely to be compared to Jane Austen, this is a very funny, perfectly written book that can rival any other in its ability to capture the essence of its characters on the page. Mildred Lathbury, the narrator of Pym's excellent book is a never-married woman in her 30s-which in 1950s England makes her a nearly-confirmed spinster. Hers is a pretty unexciting life, centered around her small church, and part-time job.

Excellent Women Hardcover – 1 May 2008 In this book, Pym does something that a less talented writer would find difficult, if not impossible.

Excellent Women Hardcover – 1 May 2008. by Barbara Pym (Author), Alexander McCall Smith (Introduction). Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects, including the award-winning The N. Ladies' Detective Agency series. He is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie novels and the world's longest-running serial novel, 44 Scotland Street. In this book, Pym does something that a less talented writer would find difficult, if not impossible. She creates an almost perfect heroine who isn't prissy or annoying.

Our Book Club had picked Excellent Women by Barbara Pym for our March read and what fun it turned out to be. The narrator of this little gem is Mildred Lathbury, an unmarried thirty-year-old Londoner. We’re in 1952, which means that Mildred should be married with children right now and she’s reaching her expiration date for the only career allowed to women at the time, wife and mother. She’s the daughter of a clergyman, her parents have passed away, leaving her a little money. She lives on her own in a flat.

1980, mass market paperback reprint edition, Harper, NY. 256 pages. Witty, lively novel, featuring a spinster in England in the 1950's. This woman has been called a 20th Century Jane Austen.
Comments: (7)
Zieryn
Barbara Pym writes about individuals who should be imprisoned and suffocated by their gender, their education, their solitude, their class, their poverty, their tiny enclosed social circle - and yet somehow aren't. The "Excellent Women" of the novel are those genteel, sort-of educated English ladies fallen on hard times and destined for a narrow spinsterhood who are continuously predated upon by others - powerful men, the sexually adventurous, women who like adventurous bad powerful men, and just plain old s***s - who assume that this excellent woman will do anything to make my life easier because, well, she's an excellent woman and virtue is its own reward.

The truly excellent narrator shows the heroic levels of insight into self, situation, other protagonists and her own narrow future which are both a blessing and a curse: unlike others in her tiny dreary circle, she's incapable of the sorts of self-delusion we employ to make the unbearable bearable.

Pym charts her course in the most richly English-understated, gentility-restrained comic prose since that employed to bring to life the world of Mister Darcy.
Iseared
Mildred Lathbury is an “excellent woman”. Single, living alone in early 1950s England, she spends her days helping out at the local church, organizing the fêtes and jumble sales, eking out a living in times of post-war rationing and generally making herself useful. Friends with the local vicar Julian and his sister Winifred, as well several other “excellent women”, Mildred is uniquely placed to observe and comment on the social mores and peculiarities of her world. When anthropologists Rocky and Helena Napier move into the flat below hers, and an attractive widow moves in on the vicar, her life takes on a whole new aspect.

Whilst I didn’t find the novel laugh-out-loud funny, it is a comedy of social manners. Some of the behavioural norms portrayed here may seem hilariously out of date but the depictions of gossiping cleaning ladies, middle-class snobbery and misunderstandings in relationships feel very contemporary. Pym has been compared to Austen in her ability to dissect society’s ridiculousness and she does an excellent job here. Anyone who watches English post-war movies will understand this novel perfectly.
Thozius
Her last novel. Sick with cancer as she finished it up, she died some months after it was published. This fact did not, apparently, distract her from concentrating her genius on honing the fine details of a successful novel and making this among her best, if not her best, novel.
Chilele
I'm a Pym fan from way back. Enjoyed this book very much. If you like Jane Austen, you should give Pym a try:

"I sat down at the table without any very high hopes, for both Julian and Winifred, as is often the way with good, unworldly people, hardly noticed what they ate and drank, so that a meal with them was a doubtful pleasure. Mrs. Jubb, who might have been quite a good cook with any encouragement, must have lost heart long ago. Tonight she set before us a pale macaroni cheese and a dish of boiled potatoes, and I noticed a blancmange or 'shape' , also of an indeterminate colour, in a glass dish on the sideboard. Not enough salt, or perhaps no salt, I thought, as I ate the macaroni. And not really enough cheese."
Small Black
I don't think I ever read anything by this author before but, based on this story, I will certainly be on the look out for something else by her. This novel was really amusing as it looked pretty keenly into the absurdities of everyday life in maybe 1950's England. I suppose on one level it is sad because the heroine is rather an old maid with not much in the way of material wealth but she is a thoroughly nice woman who tries to help her friends and neighbors with the little tangles they get themselves into. Not exciting or heartwrencing stuff but soothing and amusing. If you like Miss Read or Elizabeth Fair or even Jan Karon, you would probably enjoy this book by Barbara Pym.
Winawel
This was a slow paced story that takes place after WWII in London. It`s about a single woman who enjoys being single, but when she befriends her new neighbors and a close friend gets engaged, it shines a light on her single-status and she begins to contemplate. The book is not very exciting and a little dull at times. It`s not bad and is well written.
Dranar
This novel is different from other Barbara Pym works. Leonora is a malevolent, self-centered, self-serving woman.
Everything must be perfect or what she imagines as perfection. Her disdain for everyone and everything around her seems not a usual creation of Ms Pym. What is interesting is the modern take on relationships. Published in 1978 its attitude toward relationships is very frank, even ahead of its time.
This book is like everything Barbara Pym has written; it is magnificent.