Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels

Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels

Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels Contains The Pursuit of LoveLove in a Cold ClimateThe BlessingFollow PenguinNancy Mitford s Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels casts a finely gauged net to capture perfectly the foibles and fanci

  • Title: Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels
  • Author: Nancy Mitford
  • ISBN: 9780141181493
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • Contains The Pursuit of LoveLove in a Cold ClimateThe BlessingFollow PenguinNancy Mitford s Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels casts a finely gauged net to capture perfectly the foibles and fancies of the English upper class, and includes an introduction by Philip Hensher in Penguin Modern Classics Nancy Mitford s brilliantly witty, irreverent stories of the upper cContains The Pursuit of LoveLove in a Cold ClimateThe BlessingFollow PenguinNancy Mitford s Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels casts a finely gauged net to capture perfectly the foibles and fancies of the English upper class, and includes an introduction by Philip Hensher in Penguin Modern Classics Nancy Mitford s brilliantly witty, irreverent stories of the upper classes in pre war London and Paris conjure up a world of glamour, gossip and decadence In The Pursuit of Love, Love in a Cold Climate and The Blessing, her extraordinary heroines deal with armies of hilariously eccentric relatives, the excitement of love and passion, and the thrills of the social Season But beneath the glittering surfaces and perfectly timed comic dialogue, Nancy Mitford s novels are also touching hymns to a lost era and to the brevity of life and love from one of the most individual, beguiling and creative users of the language.

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    The sequel to The Pursuit of Love, this book has Fanny (married to a husband who may as well not exist, for the purposes of the book) watching in amazement as Polly, the great beauty of the season and daughter of the socially-conscious and fabulously wealthy Lady Montdore, refuses all suitors until finally claiming a husband amid such scandal she is disinherited. Enter Cedric, a fabulously outré homosexual, who now stands to inherit all, and who becomes fast friends with Lady Montdore, introduc [...]

    This nice little trilogy of Nancy Mitford's most popular fiction is as light and frothy as they come, peppered with giggle-out-loud moments and some of the most beautiful turns of phrase. The first two books,The Pursuit of LoveandLove in a Cold Climate , are part of a series and focus on different characters, many of whom appear in both novels and have the same narrator, Fanny. They both, as many English novels seem to be, are focused on the all-important task of finding love in the right social [...]

    Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels: readwithstyle.wordpress/20A long time has passed since I had the unfortunate displeasure of running into a book that I simply cannot finish. The last one, which gave me such trouble, was Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. Frankly, I just don’t get why Bulgarians picked it up as one of their 12 most favorite books. I may be shallow, but this magical made-up world of his was too much to bear. So after 200 pages (which seemed like ag [...]

    A few years ago in the book club we read a fabulous biography of the famous Mitford sisters. Aristocratically born early in the 20th century, the five sisters came to adult hood between the wars where they literally took the world by storm. Nancy, the oldest, became a writer of biting satire towards her class, Unity and Diana were fascists - Unity in cahoots with Hitler and Goebbels, and Diana marrying the very well known fascist Sir Oswald Mosley who ended up going to prison for his troubles; J [...]

    Ik pikte deze Penguin pocket ooit op bij een boekenmarkt, omdat mijn zus oude Penguins spaart. Op mijn uitgave staat ook nog een Cupidootje dat zich in de verkleumde handjes blaast. Na alle ellende in de vorige boeken had ik wel behoefte aan iets lichts en ik meende dat bij Mitford te kunnen vinden. Helaas konden de personages me niet boeien en zat er weinig ontwikkeling in het boekje. Mijn kwalificatie: saai.Het verhaalStel je de adellijke kringen voor in het Groot-Brittannië van de jaren '30 [...]

    this falls somewhere between Evelyn Waugh and P G Wodehouse being neither as serious and cutting as Waugh nor as funny as Wodehouse . the people are the same though , posh and a bit ridiculous . coming out in these days was for debutantes not for cissies or pansies as they would have called them and if one is talking " balls " it is dancing one is referring to , not nonsense . there is no story to speak off just loads of peculiar people who never work and do anything except socialaise with their [...]

    Jolly good. I'm glad of the recommendation. I've read the third book in this volume, Blessing. I think for the first time in my life I had to skip to the ending due to the tedium of the last third of the book. There is a child, a blessing to the estranged parents who thoroughly spoil him, and I found him insufferable. Happily, just as I was cheating - to make sure there really was an end in sight - everything shifted for the better. All this is to say, no need to read it at all except that it is [...]

    While there were 3 novels in this omnibus edition, I only read 'In Pursuit of Love' and 'Love in a Cold Climate', leaving aside 'The Blessing'. I adored Mitford's wit and sparkling prose and its many memorable characters. I also appreciated her down-to-earth and quite open attitude to sexuality, sexual mores and orientation. It has meant the novels have aged well; seeming quite modern in their sensibilities with 'Cold Climate' especially notable for its rare positive portrayal of homosexuality i [...]

    An interesting, slightly odd-ball read. I enjoyed the commentary on the attitudes, manners and behaviour of the English high society between the Wars. The narrative is acerbic and witty.

    These books are regular re-reads for me. They are hysterically funny, and though the romances leave me a little cold, they are still emotionally gripping.

    Absolutely loved The Pursuit of Love and was devastated at the abrupt ending. A perfectly fitting ending but somehow still unexpected.

    LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE. (1949). Nancy Mitford. ****. This novel, a sequel to Ms. Mitford’s earlier work, “The Pursuit of Love,” is a wonderful satire on England’s mostly cardboard leisure class just before WW II. The narrator of the tale is Fanny, the ward of Uncle Davey and Aunt Emily. The story centers around Polly Montdore, the daughter of one of the richest couples in England. She is the heir to their fortune, but her father has decided he wants a male inheritor, a distant nephew (?) [...]

    I didn't want to read this one straight after The Pursuit of Love because I didn't want to get the two confused. But turns out that I did read it straight after, and in hindsight I should haven't have worried. While the plots of the two novels are intertwined, this one is very different from Pursuit. The story mainly deals with Polly, a friend of the narrator Fanny (who also narrates of Pursuit). The characters are grown-up in this one, which is a shame because the charm from the first story cam [...]

    This book contains three stories, the first is The Pursuit of Love. Both the first and second (Love in a Cold Climate) stories are taken from Fanny's account of her cousins. The first, Linda from Alconleigh and the second Polly Montdore. The final story is The Blessing and is independant of the others, the only link being the name of French aristocrat, Fabrice Sauveterre which comes up in all three novellas.The books are all about the lives of upper class families and are very light, fluffy and [...]

    Nancy Mitford published this book in 1949. Sixty plus years later I read it. Mitford has been in the back of my mind for a long time, not sixty years, but ever since reading an appreciation of her biographies of Louis XIV and Frederick the Great. She was a member of a very eccentric English family, Two of her younger sisters went through love affairs with Hitler and Fascism in the 1930s. One of them, Unity Mitford was a vocal admirer of Hitler and shot herself when the war started. Another, Dian [...]

    This is a 3 book collection The Pursuit Of Love - 5/5Waugh-level satire of the English upper classes. Funny, well-observed, clever, large part autobiographical I think. Every inch a classic and a terrible shame that it's not recognised as such.Love In A Cold Climate - 3/5If I'd read this before The Pursuit of Love, it might have got the 5 star treatment. Just feels like more of the same - although good stuff at that. Perhaps better read at a distance from t'other as nice in a way to meet the sam [...]

    Three novels in one volume, of which I have finished The Pursuit of Love. This first in the collection is the story of Linda through the eyes of her cousin. An inter-war tale and very much of its time; despite that, and despite not really getting all that involved in the novel, it was a good read and interesting in that it gives a perspective on English life amongst the higher classes that is not often as well portrayed as it is in The Pursuit of Love. Love in a Cold Climate I have just started [...]

    Just as witty and interesting as The Pursuit of Love, although even looser and less-plot driven than its predecessor. Mitford is an accomplished comic writer with a sly wit, and writes fascinating and unforgettable characters.In this book we find out a bit more about the narrator, Fanny. She has a much stronger voice in Love in a Cold Climate than she did in The Pursuit of Love, and comes across as a real person rather than just an authorial cipher. Unfortunately she's quite a boring character - [...]

    The Pusuit of LoveVery entertaining easy read. I enjoyed it, marred only slightly by wondering what was truth or autobiograohy, what was adapted incident or character and what was pure fiction. I know only a little of the Mitfords, read Jessica s Hons and Rebels & A Fine Old Conflict many years ago, and may need to read more. Very good, though rather slight - why one of H's 1001?Love In A Cold ClimateGreat title. Enjoyed this more as a novel . I read it over quite a short period and immediat [...]

    I think knowing that The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate are somewhere between fiction and memoir prevents me from enjoying them completely as novels - I can't stop trying to figure out who each character represents, and psychoanalyzing the sisters themselves. Mitford presents her "Radletts" as a joyful, exuberant bunch, undaunted by their father's weird moods and tempers, and unchecked by their vague mother. Perhaps it succeeds as a window into "U"pperclass British life of the era, b [...]

    A sequel of sorts to the pursuit of love and not quite as autobiographical, this novel follows the lives of Lady Montfore (I'm writing from memory and probably don't have the name quite right)and her daughter Polly. Lady Montfore desparately wants her beautiful daughter to marry but Polly has no interest until suddenly she decides to marry her uncle, a former lover of her mother, after the death of his wife. Lady Montfore opposes the marriage and disinherits her daughter. The inheritance then go [...]

    “The aim is to warm up your glands with a series of jolts. The worst thing in the world for the body is to settle down and lead a quiet little life of regular habits; if you do that it soon resigns itself to old age and death. Shock your glands, force them to react, startle them back into youth, keep them on tip-toe so that they never know what to expect next, and they have to keep young and healthy to deal with all the surprises.”“A wife must always be on the look-out, men are so lazy by [...]

    I enjoyed 'In pursuit of Love' and 'The Blessing' more than I enjoyed 'Love in a Cold Climate'. While Mitford does give a veneer of frivolity to her stories I am not convinced that she is the snob she was made out to be (or at least as I thought she would be). Indeed she seems to be fairly even handed in sharpening her wit on her characters, poking mild fun at people's foibles regardless of their social background or aspirations. It is true that most of her subjects are of the aristocracy in one [...]

    These books are both interesting and revolting at the same time. A writer with a flair for humour, Nancy Mitford herself is a genuine uber-blue blooded aristocratic with all the frills including a massive country house, hunting on horseback etc. A terrible snob, but still warm hearted. Since this is marginally autobiographical, I'd say that the other Mitford sisters are more interesting than Nancy, but unfortunately none of them wrote a book. There is the girl who was a briefly a Communist liber [...]

    A really wonderful picture of the aristocracy in England between the Great Wars. (To be fair they probably weren't all like Lady Mondore and her ineffectual husband, but wasn't one of the upshots of WWI the disintergration of the upper classes?.) Their stunningly beautiful daughter, Polly, who is beautiful and that's all, is determined to marry Boy Dugdale, a fellow, to put it kindly, with a dubious reputation. This is a great disappointment to her parents who promptly disinherit her. Enter the [...]

    Despite the named novel being the 'lead' as it were, I much preferred The Pursuit of Love. The eccentric family, in their country pile was much more appealing than the slightly dull Deb of Love in a Cold Climate. Why The Blessing was bundled together with these instead of the third 'Fanny' narrated novel, I don't know. Seems a no brainer to me. Instead we have the story of a French marriage, and a little brat playing one parent off another. The Pursuit of Love is certainly the wittiest of these. [...]

    I tried so hard to hate this. Being distinctly 'Non-U' and of a left-wing persuasion, I should have despised this book, written by a snobby aristocrat about other snobby aristocrats being snobby and aristocratic. But eventually I couldn't resist these three delicious short novels any longer, and ended up enchanted and delighted by the series of scandals and adventurous behaviours of the English pre-war upper class set, described here with loving, gleeful and gossipy detail by Nancy Mitford. She [...]

    Borderline four star. Very enjoyable, with a few smirk-inducing tidbits in each chapter. Ah, to be British between the wars, rich, titled, have "all this", and yes, be completely bored. What does one do? One puts on a mink, has tea and cucumber sandwiches whilst one arranges the next marriage. Mitford's heroine, Polly, spites her parents and marries for ill-placed love, not oodles of money. Being disinherited, the family must find the new heir, an unknown Canadian (gasp!), who waltzes into the e [...]

    Just like The Pursuit of love - this is a hugely readable engaging novel, which is often quite hilarious. The characters are just fantastic - Cedric is dreadful stereotype - but really funny - and Uncle Mathew although he appears less frequently in this novel than in The Pursuit of love - is just as brilliant. This is a novel which could only ever have been written by a Mitford - it takes us to a totally bygone era and you begin to actually hear those rather affected accents of Polly Hampton, an [...]

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