- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Virago (3. Dezember 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1844085805
- ISBN-13: 978-1844085804
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,9 x 1,9 x 13,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 59.303 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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.
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.