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The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate: Two Novels [Paperback]

Nancy Mitford
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Funny July 15 2004
By Megan
Two brilliantly funny books for the price of one. How could you go wrong?
Loosley based on Nancy's own family and childhood experiences ("The Pursuit of Love" more so), these stories revolve around the Radletts: an eccentric (to put it lightly) upper-class English family in the 1920's and 30's. Nancy has created a whole world of characters, each indicative of their time and their caste.
I read these books a few years ago, and then read the 2 new biographies of the Mitford girls, and then re-read these novels. I actually enjoyed them even more the second time! It was fun to be able to pick out which anecdotes and experiences were "real."
If you are interested in two light, funny novels then definately read these. Despite what other reviewers have said, they are not "great literature." The writing is sort of uneven and sometimes sloppy, and some of the dialogue is a little stiff. However, they are still laugh-out-loud funny stories about the eccentricities of English upper-class life between the world wars. If you like these novels then you should also read Winifred Watson's "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Prodigal Daughters June 24 2003
By Tethys
These novels explore the duality of love: romantic and practical. On one extreme is Linda, the reckless heroine of "The Pursuit of Love". Due to her wild upbringing, she's unprepared for marriage and the drudgery of daily living. After two unsuccessful marriages she ponders her failure: "Where now was love that would last to the grave and far beyond?" This crisis sparks the beginning of a relationship so shocking and uninhibited, so dionysian, she cannot even tell her own mother and father what she's done. Linda is...the prodigal daughter.
At the other extreme is Lady Montdore, one of the more fascinating characters of "Love in a Cold Climate". She has everything Linda lacks: power, position, and money. But she is cold. When little Polly Montdore arrives in this world, her perfect beauty is used merely to further Lady Montdore's ambition. But Polly will grow up to be a prodigal daughter, breaking ties with her family and throwing away her inheritance to marry "Mr. Wrong".
Mitford's superb story-telling abilities offer levity and substance to lucky readers. While presenting a bird's-eye view of upper class European culture before and during WWII, Mitford simultaneously explores the conflict between the practical and romantic life.
This conflict is illustrated through the primary character of each of the novels. Two sides of the same coin, Linda and Lady Montdore both consider marriage to be the main event in a woman's life. Linda wants love, a physical and spiritual connection with a man; to her, that is marriage. A marriage license is just governmental red tape, almost useless, totally unromantic.
Lady Montdore views marriage as the only decent career for a woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of Control Laughter April 18 2002
By L. Dann
For anyone sick of the ramifications of political correctness, Mitford's books are the antidote. Moreover, they give good reason as to how we came to need the concept. These slices of aristocratic, self assured, lunacy have made me laugh so hard and loud that my family came to check on me, certain that I'd gone mad. It is hard for me to imagine that they would not affect everyone that way, but having followed what others considered their favorite humor, I no longer assume that mine is the universal touchstone.
The attitude of racial and class determination, is no where more honestly expressed than in this semi autobiographical two novel collection. The wife of a very dull former secretary to India put it well,"I think I may say we put India on the map. Hardly any of one's friends in England had even heard of India before we went there, you know." If you don't find that funny, you probably won't enjoy the book, which is very sad, because if it works, it's an absurdist's dream come true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Enchanting Feb. 8 2002
This combined edition of The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate are Nancy Mitford at the top of her form. Mitford was the eldest daughter of Lord and Lady Redesdale, British aristocrats whose ancestry stretched to the Middle Ages and beyond and whose relatives included Winston Churchill. Mitford began writing in the early 1930s, but her early works are, while amusing, trivial and dated. The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate were produced in the late 1940s, after Mitford had made a loveless marriage and begun a long, frustrating love affair with a Frenchman. These adversities sharpened her insights and her pen, so that the two novels are as pleasing today as when they were first published.
The Pursuit of Love introduces us to the Radlett family, the children of Lord and Lady Alconleigh (thinly disguised and exaggerated versions of Lord and Lady Redesdale). The heroine is Linda, a romantic and lovely girl who dreams of perfect love. She marries a dull young man, leaves him for a handsome zealot who has no time for her, and finally finds love (and tragedy) with an urbane Frenchman. This is obviously a semi-autobiographical sketch of Nancy Mitford's own early years. The other Radletts are composites and exagerrations of Nancy's own sisters and friends.
Love in a Cold Climate focuses on the viccisitudes of Polly Hampton, a neighbor of the Alconleighs who has similar troubles in love. It features a couple of obviously gay characters (which must have been pretty controversial in the 1940s)and continue's Mitford's theme of the search for love.
Both novels are narrated by the Radlett's cousin Fanny Logan, whose own placid life and happy marriage make nice contrasts to all the troubles she sees going on around her. The writing is sparkling and bright but not shallow, and while both novels have somewhat sad endings (Pursuit more so than Cold Climate), you will enjoy and want to reread them many times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Lit with basis in truth
I am on a binge of Edwardian lit since Gosford Park came out and have searched out old and new books about this period. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Judy Postello
5.0 out of 5 stars Old school English humour with heart
These two semi-autobiographical books are well-combined into one volume as they deal with many of the same litterae personae. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2005 by A University Student
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary masterpiece
It was a stroke of pure brilliance that caused Nancy Mitford to write this literary masterpiece. A simple yet elegant story, taking place in the early 1900's. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by pinkbubbles
5.0 out of 5 stars To the manor born
Is Nancy Mitford likeable? Perhaps not, if her alter-ego, Linda Radlett, is anything to go by. Rarely are we asked to care about a character who despises children and judges... Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2002 by villekulla
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the way it was!
I read Mary Lovell's great book about the Mitford sisters and wanted to read these books by Nancy. My library had taken them out of circulation because "Nobody reads Nancy Mitford... Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2002 by A reader
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful novels
I wish Nancy Mitford had written more! These are two of the best books I've ever read.
Published on March 12 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Pursuit of Love with The Thin End of the Wedge
The Thin End of the Wedge
Two pre-requisites for reading this delightful familial saga, love and marriage. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2002 by Gussie Fink-Nottle
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpeice Theatre is ...
This doesn't qualify as a review because I've ordered but haven't read the books, however PBS ( WGBH 2 - Boston ) is creating a mini-series on Masterpiece Theatre which promises to... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2001 by "aunt_ouisa"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever written!
I adore this book, first read it when i was 12 and have re-read it countless times since (i'm now 34). Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2001
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