Book Reviews of Excellent Women

Excellent Women
Excellent Women
Author: Barbara Pym
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ISBN-13: 9780452267305
ISBN-10: 0452267307
Publication Date: 5/1/1988
Pages: 272
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Plume Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Typical Pym. An entertaining novel about a single woman of a certain age and the activities of her London neighborhood post WWII. Lots of nosy neighbors, tea drinking, and church committee work. I found this a fun satire of British society, if not particularlly groundbreaking.
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Excellent Women is an excellent portrait of spinsterhood in post-war London. Mildred Lathbury is a prime example of the wholesome, friendly woman that others suspect are desperate to get married. Instead, she lives vicariously through her involvement in others' lives. Her comfortable role in her church circles and volunteer work is shaken up by a couple who moves into the flat next door. I have a hard time picturing Mildred as in her early 30s -- it must have been a different time then, with more acceptance of her role as a spinster. I wonder what feminist conscious-raising would have done to Mildred. This was was a light, engaging read from the list of 1001 books you must read before you die.
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An "excellent" character sketch of all people essentially British. A nice read!
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Very light and enjoyable.
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I thought this book was beautifully written, evoked its time wonderfully and was really very funny. It won't be for everybody,but for me, someone who enjoys reading about England and thinking about women's roles, it was perfect.
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I am not quite finished with this book, how ever it is well written and follows the history of the early 1900's well. The charcters are realistic down to the type of clothing & social life of the time. The story line engages a variety of people of interst.
I would recomend it to any one who enjoys a bit of history & life of women in this period.