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The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

About the book

‘Obsessed with sex!’ said Jassy, ‘there’s nobody so obsessed as you, Linda. Why if I so much as look at a picture you say I’m a pygmalionist.’
In the end we got more information out of a book called Ducks and Duck Breeding.
‘Ducks can only copulate,’ said Linda, after studying this for a while, ‘in running water. Good luck to them.’
Oh, the tedium of waiting to grow up! Longing for love, obsessed with weddings and sex, Linda and her sisters and cousin Fanny are on the lookout for the perfect lover. But finding Mr Right is much harder than any of the sisters had thought. Linda must suffer marriage first to a stuffy Tory MP and then to a handsome and humourless communist, before finding real love in war-torn Paris. . .
Nancy Mitford was the eldest of the infamous Mitford sisters, known for her membership in ‘The Bright Young Things’ clique of the 1920s and an intimate of Evelyn Waugh; she produced witty, satirical novels with a cast of characters taken directly from the aristocratic social scene of which she was a part

Reviewed by CC Readers:

Was great fun to read and enjoyed by the whole group. The description of characters in a domestic humorous stetting brought the story to life. In discussion the autobiographical and the fictional past became apparent. The war years were well noted and saw the family adapt to new situations. Ending rather abrupt.
Star rating: ****

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2 thoughts on “The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford”

  1. Review by Selborne Reading Group:
    Many of us were re-reading this after a gap of many years and still found it highly entertaining. We had an interesting discussion about the lives of the Mitford sisters.
    Star rating: ***


  2. Review by Victoria reading group:
    Much enjoyed by the majority. We particularly appreciated the autobiographical nature of the story, and the period the story is set in. We all enjoyed Linda being picked up at the station in Paris and hte subsequent happenings. A dramatic climax very rapidly reached.
    Star rating: ***


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