Un bell'uomo un po' sciocco segretamente ammirato da una donna che del proprio non avere speranza non solo non si cruccia, ma addirittura ne fa un punto di forza; un ecclesiastico in balia delle circostanze; un antropologo terribilmente impegnato nelle sue ricerche, forse inutili e che nell'altro sesso cerca, come del resto tutti i maschi, solo una donna eccellente, disposta a semplificargli la vita: "Donne eccellenti" è un Pym tipico. Il libro, oltre a essere uno dei romanzi più famosi dell'autrice, è una commedia romantica che suggerisce in modo molto poco romantico che probabilmente il matrimonio non è la meta sognata da tutte le donne. Lo spirito e l'indipendenza di Mildred non solo sovvertono lo stereotipo delle "donne eccellenti" come persone noiose, ma fanno anche pensare che la loro vita sia piena in modo del tutto soddisfacente. Ambientato nella Londra postbellica, una città ancora alle prese con gli edifici devastati dai bombardamenti, l'inizio del femminismo e la fine del colonialismo, il romanzo offre attraverso un umorismo derisorio e leggermente perfido una critica sociale che al tempo stesso illumina e intrattiene.
- ISBN: 889691938X
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 256
With a sweetness reminiscent of Edith Wharton's gorgeous classic "The Age of Innocence," "Excellent Women" is proof, not solely of female excellence, but of the overall human goodness. Nothing short of miraculous, this novel about a wallflower who knows just how shitty men can often treat their coun Leggi tutto
Aside from a few differences--living in the 1950s, being British, not being a teacher, being actively involved in church--Mildred Lathbury could easily be me. She's in her early 30s, she's unmarried, people keep telling her about their problems and expecting her to fix them, men think she's in love
I've read this many times and have both a kindle version and a paperback. Barbara Pym wrote about ordinary women leading ordinary lives. They don't have interesting, exciting jobs or adventures and their personal lives consist of doing flowers for the church or manning a booth at a church fete. This Leggi tutto
This review first appeared on my blog Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books . Awhile ago, I asked for recommendations for books that take place in small villages. I'd just done a re-read of Emma and followed that up with An Accomplished Woman , and I was really enjoying the scale of the worlds and the consequent Leggi tutto
I am re-reading Barbara Pym's books this summer to lift my spirits as I recover from physical injury. I find I can only take so much emotional stress before I retreat to her closely observed lives full of the quotidian routines of the women who are the backbone of the Anglican Church. Flower arrangi Leggi tutto
Why didn't any of you shout louder about reading Barbara Pym? I can't believe I'm nearly 50 and I've only just got round to reading her, because everything was perfect and lovely and wonderful about this book. So beautifully English. An 'ordinary' single woman, Mildred, in the 1950s, goes to church, Leggi tutto
I had such high hopes that I would love this book, and I did, so very much. So many people had said that it was so good, that it was Barbara Pym’s best book, and when I realised that it was the story of a spinster, in her thirties in the fifties, my mind went spinning back. Not to the fifties – I’m no Leggi tutto
I am honestly not sure what to make of this book. I initially discovered this book (and author) through a random Amazon-crawl, where I assume it was recommended to me based on some of my other highly-rated books. I vaguely remember reading that Excellent Women was satirical, funny, biting, etc., and Leggi tutto
“...I told myself that, after all, life was like that for most of us - the small unpleasantness rather than the great tragedies; the little useless longings rather than the great renunciations and dramatic love affairs of history or fiction.” “Let me hasten to add that I am not at all like Jane Eyre Leggi tutto
Just what I was looking for! This is charming, witty and introduced me to the wonderfully observant Mildred Lathbury. My first book by Pym, but not my last! Find more reviews and bookish fun at http://www.princessandpen.com
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