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Quartet in Autumn is one of the books Pym wrote during the 15 years when no one would publish her, and perhaps the same kind of balance between hopelessness and inner strength helped shape this novel's story about four friends in an office nearing the age of retirement. They are people who have lived unspectacularly, but who have conjured a sense of themselves from the quartet's unity. Things start to change when two of them retire. Pym maps this ordinary strangeness of life with her particular genius for brilliant psychological insight and quiet humor that never strains for effect. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Barbara Pym's unpretentious, subtle, accomplished novels ... are for me the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past 75 years...spectacular Sunday Times Barbara Pym has a sharp eye for the exact nuances of social behaviour The Times The wit and style of a twentieth century Jane Austen Harpers & Queen Very funny and keenly observant of the ridiculous as well as the pathetic in humanity Financial Times A spare masterpiece of loneliness in retirement Telegraph Quartet in Autumn is immeasurably her finest work of fiction Evening Standard An alert miniaturist ... her novels have a distinctive flavour, as instantly recognisable as lapsang tea Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
An easy read , not much substance but O.K. to get through quickly without much thought.Published 6 months ago by maureen batten
The saddest and bleakest of all Pym's fiction, "A Quartet in Autumn" cast a pall over my day. While her other novels enable me to see the humor and irony in everyday life, I found... Read morePublished on April 12 2009 by Phoebe
...society in the late 1970's in London. The "quartet" is four older middle-class, working people, two women and two men around the age of sixty. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2003
I was the only member of my book club who liked this. I felt it was an interesting book if for no other reason than the illustration that sometimes what DOESN'T happen is as... Read morePublished on April 7 2002 by Alicia Walker
This is my Favorite of all her books, and I like all of her books. While she often writes about fairly hopeless people, I think it is the only book in which she treats absolute... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2000 by adam bohnet
This book is not a masterpiece. The characters are not that well developed. Nor are the images really there. Also, the pace does get a bit sluggish. Read morePublished on April 30 2000 by Sean Ares Hirsch