The Pursuit of Love; And, Love in A Cold Climate

The Pursuit of Love; And, Love in A Cold Climate

Two Novels

Book - 2001
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Few aristocratic English families of the twentieth century enjoyed the glamorous notoriety of the infamous Mitford sisters. Nancy Mitford's most famous novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, satirize British aristocracy in the twenties and thirties through the amorous adventures of the Radletts, an exuberantly unconventional family closely modelled on Mitford's own. The Radletts of Alconleigh occupy the heights of genteel eccentricity, from terrifying Lord Alconleigh (who, like Mitford's father, used to hunt his children with bloodhounds when foxes were not available), to his gentle wife, Sadie, their wayward daughter Linda, and the other six lively Radlett children. Mitford's wickedly funny prose follows these characters through misguided marriages and dramatic love affairs, as the shadow of World War II begins to close in on their rapidly vanishing world.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2001, c1982
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed. --
ISBN: 9780375718991
Branch Call Number: FIC Mitfo 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xi, 468 p
Additional Contributors: Mitford, Nancy 1904-1973
Alternative Title: Love in a cold climate


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Feb 20, 2013

The Pursuit of Love: A charming look at love in all its manifestations, from romantic to bourgeois and finally to true love: Linda is constantly led by her many sweeping emotions. Mitford, however, looks at it from a detached, humorous yet sympathetic eye; never does the story through its many meanders turn to melodrama or social judgements. The tale stays light and forgiving as it describes with a certain cynicism a now foregone society.

Love in a Cold Climate: Charming as its predecessor, it didn't quite have the same humour until Cedric shows up - I might have almost given up under Polly's cold touch and indifference, but Cedric's pizzazz and unstoppable need for fun saved the novel from dreary lackluster scandal. The contrast provides relief from the gloom of Hampton while at the same time setting the stage for Lady Montdore's comic transformation. Flighty, elegant, vibrant, Cedric is a character who despite the stereotype will continue to engage readers for many decades!

Jan 19, 2011

The Pursuit of Love is one of the novels that I quite enjoy reading. Love in a Cold Climate is, in my opinion, substantially weaker.

These novels are certainly a product of their author's time and class, but enjoyable (see above note) nonetheless.

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