The Pursuit of Love

The Pursuit of Love

Book - 2010
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Mitford's most enduringly popular novel, The Pursuit of Love is a classic comedy about growing up and falling in love among the privileged and eccentric.

Mitford modeled her characters on her own famously unconventional family. We are introduced to the Radletts through the eyes of their cousin Fanny, who stays with them at Alconleigh, their Gloucestershire estate. Uncle Matthew is the blustering patriarch, known to hunt his children when foxes are scarce; Aunt Sadie is the vague but doting mother; and the seven Radlett children, despite the delights of their unusual childhood, are recklessly eager to grow up. The first of three novels featuring these characters, The Pursuit of Love follows the travails of Linda, the most beautiful and wayward Radlett daughter, who falls first for a stuffy Tory politician, then an ardent Communist, and finally a French duke named Fabrice.

Featuring an introduction by Zoë Heller.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2010
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780307740816
Branch Call Number: F Mit


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Jun 28, 2016

Nancy Mitford was a formidable author whose work has withstood the test of time, and is as fresh and funny as it was decades ago. This extract from Zoe Heller's introduction to the 2010 edition of this novel is a great piece on her enduring genius.

Sep 12, 2015

A portrait of the British aristocracy in the inter-war period. Witty with serious overtones.

Dec 31, 2013

The front and back covers seem to portray the story as a frivolous comedy, but I thought it was a tragedy, with humourous touches. It is good British writing and I agreed with the reader who said that if you like Jane Austen, you'd like this.

Sep 04, 2013

As sharp and crisp as it was 50 years ago. If you like Jane Austen, you'll appreciate Nancy Mitford.

Dec 04, 2012

I liked the chatty tone and the eccentric characters. I hope to eventually read the others in the series.

Oct 22, 2010

A bittersweet story striking just the right tone. Very enjoyable read.


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