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This review is from: A Glass of Blessings (Paperback)We are in 1950s London with an excellent cast of characters. The pathalogically domesticated Keith, forever washing down paintwork and boiling discloths in Tide; Father Thames, the gourmet priest with a penchant for Lapsang Souchong which can never be satisfied at parish get-togethers; and the kleptomaniac Wilf Bason, housekeeper at the clergy house, whose idea of a suitable meal for Lent is fried octopus; these are among the best.
Wilmet, the heroine, self-absorbed but aware to some extent of her failings, skims the surface of life without engaging with it. She is shocked out of her complacency by a series of events relating mainly to the novel's gay couple, Keith and Piers. When it was published, homosexuality was against the law, so it was a subversive element. However, it is handled with matter-of-factness, and there is very little Angst, except that Piers drinks more than is good for him, which could happen to any one.
Wilmet avoids being totally unsympathetic by the tone of her interior monologues, which have a lot in common with those of Miss Pym's spinster heroines - these include the references to Victorian literature and the interest in the details of other peoples' lives (as long as they are "people like us").
A top class Pym.