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Quartet in Autumn By Barbara Pym

Quartet in Autumn
by Barbara Pym

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Combining an acute eye for the eccentricities of everyday life with her unique talent for illuminating human frailties, Barbara Pym has created a world which is both extraordinary and totally familiar
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Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym

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

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About Barbara Pym


A writer from the age of sixteen, Barbara Pym has been acclaimed as `the most underrated writer of the century' (Philip Larkin). Pym's substantial reputation evolved through the publication of six novels from 1950 to 1961, then resumed in 1977 with the publication of Quartet in Autumn and three other novels. She died in 1980.

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GOR004692626
Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym
Barbara Pym
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Pan Macmillan
2011-11-04
192
0230765602
9780230765603
N/A
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