January 25, 2016

The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate

Filed under: Books — Tags: — rvchua @ 11:51 am

72136377907566I read Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate ten years ago. I don’t remember the details but I didn’t like it. I hated the characters who had nothing better to do with their lives. I had to read from Wikipedia the synopsis of the story. There is Linda who immediately falls in love with the first age appropriate male who dances with her. She has nothing else in her mind except romance. She does marry Tony and has a daughter who she has zero interest. She later leaves her husband for a communist Christian Talbot and starts talking about her naive version of communism in public. She later leaves her communist husband when she realizes that he has more in common with someone else. Linda then starts having an affair with a very rich French duke who conveniently saves her when her train ticket to London expires and her money runs out. The duke dies during World War II while Linda dies giving birth to their son. Then there is Polly who marries her lecherous uncle-in-law soon after her maternal aunt dies. The marriage turns sour later and her baby dies soon after giving birth. Her husband Boy hooks up with Cedric the new heir to her parent’s title and fortune. Polly hies off with the elderly Lord Paddington.

These new Penguin covers look delicious (that is Cedric in the second cover), it tempts me slightly to read the books again. However, I would prefer to watch the 2001 Love in a Cold Climate with a young Rosamund Pike as Fanny (the narrator).


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