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Titel: Quartet In Autumn
Verlag: Harpercollins Publisher, US
0060805137 Literature & Fiction Good. Pages little tan, ink marks,rubbed. 0p Quality, Value, Experience. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRAYTRPB14R4024
Inhaltsangabe: Shortlisted for the 1977 Booker Prize
This is the story of four people in late middle-age - Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia - whose chief point of contact is that they work in the same office and they suffer the same problem - loneliness. Lovingly, poignantly, satirically and with much humour, Pym conducts us through their small lives and the facade they erect to defend themselves against the outside world. There is nevertheless an obstinate optimism in her characters, allowing them in their different ways to win through to a kind of hope. Barbara Pym's sensitive wit and artistry are at their most sparkling in "Quartet in Autumn".
"An exquisite, even magnificent work of art" - Observer
"'Barbara Pym has a sharp eye for the exact nuances of social behaviour" - The Times
"The wit and style of a twentieth century Jane Austen" - Harpers & Queen
"Barbara Pym's unpretentious, subtle, accomplished novels are for me the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past 75 years ...spectacular" - Sunday Times
"Very funny and keenly observant of the ridiculous as well as the pathetic in humanity" - Financial Times
Inhaltsangabe: With an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith One did not drink sherry before the evening, just as one did not read a novel in the morning. In 1970s London Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia work in the same office and suffer the same problem - loneliness. Lovingly and with delightful humour, Pym conducts us through their day-to-day existence: their preoccupations, their irritations, their judgements, and - perhaps most keenly felt - their worries about having somehow missed out on life as post-war Britain shifted around them. Deliciously, blackly funny and full of obstinate optimism, Quartet in Autumn shows Barbara Pym's sensitive artistry at its most sparkling. A classic from one of Britain's most loved and highly acclaimed novelists, its world is both extraordinary and familiar, revealing the eccentricities of everyday life.
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