Jane And Prudence (Virago Modern Classics) Paperback – 6 Dec 2007
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She's such a wonderful writer and has given me so much pleasure . . . My favourite of all is JANE AND PRUDENCE. It's just brilliant (Jilly Cooper)
I'd sooner read a new Barbara Pym than a new Jane Austen (Philip Larkin)
There is a thrill of humanity through all her work (Shirley Hazzard)
She is the rarest of treasures; she reminds us of the heartbreaking silliness of everyday life (Anne Tyler)
A charming and funny tale of match-making misadventures by an author whose fans include Philip Larkin, Alexander McCall Smith and Jilly Cooper.See all Product description
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An Austen for the mid 1950's, she has a cool and precise eye for female foibles and self deceptions but she is not malicious. I particularly enjoyed her portrayal of the Church of England and the lost world of country parishes. The small aspirations of graduates are pointedly dealt with. A gentle read.
Humorous cleaners, jokes about High and Low Church, flower arranging, tea – it’s all extremely genteel, but also quite funny and very likeable.
Her anthropological view of the society she is examining is so wry, pitiless but so humorous (She worked at the International African Institute in London for some years, and played a large part in the editing of its scholarly journal, Africa, hence the frequency with which anthropology/anthropologists crop up in her novels, and maybe foregrounds her social criticism.) The hopeless vagaries of men of the cloth as well as academics come under her scornful microsopic scrutiny. Her single women, devout and well-meaning, live lives of virtuous 'quiet desperation'.
Her writing is succinct and clear, hardly a word wasted. She has often been compared to Jane Austen, but she also shares the sharp eye of Waugh in a novel like "A Handful of Dust'.
The attraction men have for women is better explored here than in most books. The handsome,mediocre,dull,superficially charming,narcissistic Fabian is nabbed by plain Miss M from attractive Prudence. An explanation is offered-there is only room for one beautiful person in a relationship.This explains a lot when considers some celebrities.
Jane,the vicar's wife,manages in spite of being utterly undomesticated. The greatest point of contention seems to be the 'conflict' between low church and high church, with the dreaded Rome at one end and Chapel at the other. Are there,or were there really people so obsessed with this? Must have been.
My only criticism is one appallingly dull conversation at a social gathering. I expect it's completely realistic, but I did begin to wish the participants would realise how dull they were and go home or something
I did very much enjoy this book,though. It is very funny and so true in its observation of the tiny things that people do and say.
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