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No Fond Return of Love (1961)

por Barbara Pym

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Three lonely people come together in this poignant, witty novel of star-crossed romance from the New York Times-bestselling author of Jane and Prudence.   After being jilted by her fiancé, Dulcie Mainwaring despairs of ever finding true love. For a distraction, she goes to a publishing conference, where she meets Viola Dace, a dramatic woman who refuses to live without romance, as well as Aylwin Forbes, an editor whom Viola adores. The fact that Aylwin is married doesn't stop Viola. When her amorous pursuit prompts Aylwin's wife to leave him, the academic heartthrob is wide open to Viola's romantic attentions. That is, until Dulcie's eighteen-year-old niece moves in with Viola, and the young girl soon catches Aylwin's roving eye.   Set in London in the early 1960s, No Fond Return of Love is a delightful comedy of manners that comes full circle as Dulcie discovers a love as unexpected as it is liberating. … (mais)
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"Oh, I know it's a trivial detail... but those are the things that make up life, aren't they?"

A high 3 stars. Published in 1961, this was for many years Pym's last published novel, and it's full of her usual character insights and delectably delicate interactions. I think this one will grow on me with repeat readings. ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 24, 2023 |
This is such a fascinating character study about a bunch of people oddly coming together. Dulcie ends up being the connection for them all in a way, and her behavior throughout is both disconcerting and hilarious (was stalking a verb in 1961?). I think I’m most thrown off by the very end as it’s both a perfect unknown, and yet I’m thinking it’s really the worst possible outcome if what I think will happen actually does. I can’t remember my feelings about it when I first read it almost fifteen years ago, but now I’m very much “oh no Dulcie”. ( )
1 vote spinsterrevival | Nov 29, 2022 |
I love Barbara Pym and this book was as well written and slyly humorous as her other novels. However, I did not enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed her other books. The slightly unbelievable stalking plot just seemed rather silly. To me the actions of Dulcie and Viola in trying to research Aylwin Forbes's life (attend services at his brother's church! go to his estranged wife's jumble sale! stay at his mother's creepy hotel just to see what his childhood was like!) felt borderline unhinged. I thought these odd actions might have some logical repercussions that would tie together at the end, but that didn't happen at all. The whole thing just felt a little insane and not consistent with the psychologically insightful writing I expect from Pym. ( )
  sansmerci | Jan 9, 2022 |
Maybe my favorite Barbara Pym. ( )
  Octavia78 | Nov 28, 2021 |
Pym is incisive in her commentary, as always. Her remarks about academic conferences are hilarious, because they are all-too-true. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
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Barbara Pym is an idiosyncratic writer and those who are already addicts (and I choose the word deliberately) need only to be told that No fond return of love is the mixture as before, as sweet and sour as ever. The publisher's blurb quotes a phrase which is used more than once in the book. Indexers and bibliographers are referred to as those who work on the'dustier fringes of the academic world'. This is typical of the way Barbara Pym gently denigrates and pokes fun at all her characters, most of whom have middleclass or clerical backgrounds. Catty she may be but her claws are sheathed and one can feel affection behind the irony. Her style of writing is wry and muted and she is admittedly an acquired taste. For 14 years she was largely neglected; many people thought she was dead. Between 1950 and 1961 she had written six ironic, witty novels, but, though well reviewed, they were never widely read.
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Pym, Barbaraautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
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Ford, JessieArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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‘Research, with a good-looking man,’ Miss Foy went on. ‘That’s an enviable lot. What was the subject of your research?’

‘Oh, just an obscure eighteenth-century poet,’ said Viola quickly.

‘You were lucky to find one so obscure that not even the Americans had “done” him,’ commented Miss Foy dryly. ‘It’s quite serious, this shortage of obscure poets.’

‘Perhaps the time will come when one may be permitted to do research into the lives of ordinary people,’ said Dulcie, ‘people who have no claim to fame whatsoever.’

‘Ah, that’ll be the day!’ said Miss Foy jovially.
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Three lonely people come together in this poignant, witty novel of star-crossed romance from the New York Times-bestselling author of Jane and Prudence.   After being jilted by her fiancé, Dulcie Mainwaring despairs of ever finding true love. For a distraction, she goes to a publishing conference, where she meets Viola Dace, a dramatic woman who refuses to live without romance, as well as Aylwin Forbes, an editor whom Viola adores. The fact that Aylwin is married doesn't stop Viola. When her amorous pursuit prompts Aylwin's wife to leave him, the academic heartthrob is wide open to Viola's romantic attentions. That is, until Dulcie's eighteen-year-old niece moves in with Viola, and the young girl soon catches Aylwin's roving eye.   Set in London in the early 1960s, No Fond Return of Love is a delightful comedy of manners that comes full circle as Dulcie discovers a love as unexpected as it is liberating. 

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