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A Glass of Blessings (VMC) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. Dezember 2009

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The subtlest of her books - the sparkle on first acquaintance has been succeeded by the deeper brilliance of established art Philip Larkin [Pym] makes me smile, laugh out loud, consider my own foibles and fantasies, and above all, suffer real regret when I reach the final page. Of how many authors can you honestly say that? Mavis Cheek Barbara Pym is the rarest of treasures Anne Tyler My favourite writer ... I pick up her books with joy, as though I were meeting an old, dear friend who comforts me, extends my vision and makes me roar with laughter Jilly Cooper

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The heroines of "Excellent Women" and "A Glass of Blessings" complement each other and both books have ecclesiastical settings and preoccupations. Barbara Pym is the author of "Some Tame Gazelle", "Jane and Prudence" and "Less than Angela". -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Von Ein Kunde am 13. September 1998
Format: Taschenbuch
This is the most entertaining book I have read in a long time. I happened upon the Barbara Pym web page and there was a page of quotations from her novels that were very amusing, kind of off-the-wall. Usually, humor from another era seems very tame or just doesn't hold up. I looked for a copy of one of her books and came across an old paperback copy of this one at the public library. The perceptions of the lead character, Wilmet Forsyth, a 33 year old childless married woman with a lot of free time on her hands, make up the book. I could describe some of the events in the book which involve men she finds attractive and men who find her attractive, church functions, a homosexual relationship, etc. but I won't bother. Sex is never overtly mentioned or contemplated by Wilmet in this book. The portrayal of a gay couple in England in the 1950's fascinated me. Wilmet is so cautious and careful in her observations even though she is opinionated. I was happy she wasn't harsh toward these gay characters even though she is heavily involved in her church. Wilmet is not a really deep thinker, but she's funny and kind. Anyway, it's a fun book you should seek out.
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This is the most entertaining book I have read in a long time. I happened upon the Barbara Pym web page and there was a page of quotations from her novels that were very amusing, kind of off-the-wall. Usually, humor from another era seems very tame or just doesn't hold up. I looked for a copy of one of her books and came across an old paperback copy of this one at the public library. The perceptions of the lead character, Wilmet Forsyth, a 33 year old childless married woman with a lot of free time on her hands, make up the book. I could describe some of the events in the book which involve men she finds attractive and men who find her attractive, church functions, a homosexual relationship, etc. but I won't bother. Sex is never overtly mentioned or contemplated by Wilmet in this book. The portrayal of a gay couple in England in the 1950's fascinated me. Wilmet is so cautious and careful in her observations even though she is opinionated. I was happy she wasn't harsh toward these gay characters even though she is heavily involved in her church. Wilmet is not a really deep thinker, but she's funny and kind. Anyway, it's a fun book you should seek out.
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Blessed with money, position, and marital stability, Wilmet Forsyth lives in the heart of London with her husband and mother-in-law and tries to spice up her staid life by imagining the possibility of romance coming to her from handsome clergymen or lonely bachelor friends. The intertext for Pym's 1958 novel is clearly Jane Austen's EMMA, with the main character again trying to offset the end of narrative possibilities for herself that marriage brings. Philip Larkin praised A GLASS OF BLESSINGS as the subtlest of Pym's comedies, and although it's depiction of grace operating among the very respectable and genteel is very charming and even ultimately moving it is not one of her funnier books (in part because it is told from Wilmet's point of view and she, unlike Pym's more disadvantaged heroines, is so limited in her outlook). But the novel is pretty joyful nonetheless, and its depiction of a 1950s London gay subculture at the end of the book is fairly fascinating.
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HASH(0x98ba6348) von 5 Sternen A most enjoyable Book 4. Februar 2001
Von William Tegner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Jilly Cooper says that Barbara Pym's books remind her "of what is true.....about English life". In the case of A Glass of blessings, this refers to a very small, but significant part of 1950's English life in the 1950's, and Barbara Pym portrays it beautifully. Her characterisation is excellent, as are her descriptions. She must have been a very observant woman. To say that she is snobbish is unfair. She portrayed her part of the world as she saw it. And note that the very implicit sexual backdrop never has to be referred to explicitly at all.
Whetehr the fifties were "better" than now is open to doubt: but if you want a picture of a small part of 1950's England, then this is an enjoyable way to find it.
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It's really a shame Pym isn't read and talked about more often. Her writing evokes Anthony Trollope with his insights into people's hearts crossed with a dollop of Jane Austen's humor. Pym writes about middle class people going about their day to day activities just as Trollope and Austen did and just like them she makes the characters fascinating.

The book is set in the 50's and told from the viewpoint of a 29 year old childless woman named Wilmet as she tries to navigate growing older. (I suppose 29 was considered differently then.) Though she's happy with her husband whom she met in Italy while serving as a WREN and he was a dashing soldier she still likes the attention of other men. She runs into them at innocuous places such as church and while visiting friends. Pym's humor is understated. There are no mean undertones. She touches on homey things like knitting, helping a friend choose a new dress or hairdo, nights at home with her husband and mother in law, romantic memories of the war years and Italy, church gossip, and even listening to John Rutter on the radio directing Christmas carols sung by the King's Cambridge choir. She invokes past authors such as Wilde,Woolf, Gaskell and Trollope. I hope I'm not giving the impression that this is a bit of fluff writing because it's not. It's immensely complex writing but I also keep wanting to describe it as delicate. The best part of her writing is having a front row seat at a cozy chat between friends where you get to see the subtext.
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A charming piece of high comedy, "A Glass of Blessings" entertained me from start to finish. It was delightful to enter the leisurely world of Wilmet Forsyth, her civil-servant husband, her mother-in-law "who is what one calls a real character, though not in a tiresome way;" her friend Rowena, Rowena's husband Harry "so very solid and reliable, and so very much sticking to the business founded by his great-grandfather;" and Rowena's somewhat mysterious brother, Piers; the world of the clergy house with its comic housekeeper, Wilf Bason, and sardonic new priest, Father Ransome; Mary Beamish, who "always made me feel rather useless . . . small and rather dowdily dressed, presumably because she had neither the wish nor the ability to make the most of herself . . . immersed in good works;" and other amusing characters. Pym's unerring eye for detail entertains when describing a session to give blood in the crypt of a church as well as sketching tea at the vicarage on Boxing Day, and Wilmet's moving back and forth between the world of her marriage and the world of the church offers delicious variety.
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