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The Pursuit of Laughter: Essays, Reviews and Diary [Kindle Edition]

Diana Mitford (Mosley) , Deborah Devonshire (Mitford) , Duncan Fallowell , Martin Rynja

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"'Roar with laughter.' Laura Thompson"


‘Roar with laughter.’ Laura Thompson ‘The dazzling beauty with a poison pen... wit pervades her writings.’ Anne de Courcey, Daily Mail Critics Choice 'When she wielded her elegant stiletto, it was to unmask an ego... brightly and sharply illuminated.' Valerie Grove, The Times Wickedly funny, gossipy, carefree, intimate and revealing, this selection of Diana Mitford's writings publishes for the first time the articles and diary she wrote for the amusement of her close circle of friends, as well as her hilarious articles for the Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Express and Evening Standard. Included is the only portrait Diana Mitford wrote of her husband Sir Oswald Mosely, and the last interviews she gave in 2002 and 2003 in Paris to the writer Duncan Fallowell.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Acerbic and sublime 6. Juli 2009
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Lady Diana Mosley was one of the 20th Century's most controversial figures esp. in Britain. But like many people of strong opinions that go against the common grain, she maintained a sense of humour about herself, and sarcasm about the world around her, umatched; except by, perhaps, P.G. Wodehouse. Her writing style is superb despite limited formal education and is comparable to that of the most over-educated Oxford dons.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Seven decades in review 25. Oktober 2010
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Aristocratic, beautiful, intelligent, charming, literate and trilingual, a personal friend of Hitler (who was a witness at her wedding to a charismatic politician who vociferously opposed war with Germany) and sister of an avowed Nazi, it's no wonder that Diana Mitford/Mosley terrified MI5. The sheer spitefulness and pettiness of the treatment she got, none the less, almost defies belief — all, of course, without any charge, trial or chance to plead not guilty (An example? Her cell light being too dim to read by, she offered to buy a brighter one. She was refused).

This background might perhaps lead one to expect her writings to be political rants. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a wide panorama of short essays, reviews, pen portraits, and one interview; and since Diana knew personally many of the protagonists of the books she reviews, her comments and corrections are of especial interest.

So much has been written both by and about the Mitfords that it may be hard for the newcomer to know where to start. The obvious entry point is Nancy's best three novels (all with common characters and all hilarious):

The Pursuit of Love
Love in a Cold Climate
The Blessing

Then perhaps the book that made Jessica famous, The American Way of Death. If these don't interest you, there's not much point in going further.

If, on the other hand, they leave you curious as to the authors and their era, I recommend Jonathan Guinness's The House of Mitford (an excellent biography of the whole family), to give the necessary background for Letters Between Six Sisters. If you then choose to move on to Diana, I suggest first her autobiography, A Life of Contrasts, and then the present opus.

Whatever Diana Mosley's politics, she was first-rate writer with an astonishing breadth of knowledge.

There are also many photographs from her life.
3.0 von 5 Sternen The shiniest -- but not the wittiest -- of the Mitford sisters 16. März 2014
Von Marius Gabriel - Veröffentlicht auf
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Diana Mitford was the most beautiful of the six Mitford sisters, the smartest, richest and also the most notorious (neither she nor her second husband, British Fascist Sir Oswald Mosley, ever recanted the pro-Nazi sympathies for which they were interned during the War).

However, Diana was not the funniest. That title belongs to Nancy Mitford, the brilliant satirist who lampooned not only her society, but also her own sisters. If you are really pursuing laughter, check out The Penguin Complete Novels of Nancy Mitford.

These sketches and essays are more sharp than funny, often expressing the disdain Diana and her husband felt for their political enemies. To a large extent, these rivalries, and the personalities in them, have been forgotten now, and there is not enough brilliance in the writing to make this collection a treasure in its own right. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is almost completely without humour.

It is, however, an interesting sidelight on the British upper crust in the mid-20th Century, and more than that, an insight into the mind of one of the most wrong-headed personalities in British politics.
3.0 von 5 Sternen This is a difficult one 6. Januar 2013
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The six Mitford sisters were each in their six different ways extraordinary women, and when they were young they lived in extraordinary times: between 2 world wars, and through the second one. Before that war communism, fascism, and even Hitler were perhaps somewhat radical but quite acceptable when (and where) political freedom was regarded as a right, and before the horrors that we now know both the ideologies and the man later perpetrated.

The articles should therefore be read as reflecting a small piece of British history and oddments in the life of the clever and beautiful woman who wrote them. They are sharp and interesting and very entertaining. Lots of gossip about prominent social leaders, writers and politicians which must have made for very good reading at the time, but all fading a bit in memory now I'm afraid. And I must confess that although the wit of the writing cannot be denied I did not find much of the Laughter the title promised - but that of course was a play on Nancy Mitford's book The Pursuit of Happiness.

For me Nancy is the only Mitford sister who still publicly lives on, through her books, which I've just re-read and still enjoy enormously, and can now almost be regarded as (very funny) latter day historical novels. Which is why I bought this book, of course. Good marketing - or maybe bad marketing - and unfair to compare, but even in terms of general interest I cannot in good conscience rate it higher than 3.
4.0 von 5 Sternen mitfords 17. November 2011
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Thank you Amazon. It is really a great book full of interesting photographs of the mitford family and episodes from that family's life and times.
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