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First published in 1945, this witty and (seemingly) light novel is full of wicked humour and is written with Nancy Mitford's tongue placed firmly in her cheek, and providing you take it in the spirit with which it was written, makes for enjoyable and entertaining downtime reading. However, satire and humour aside, this tale, like Ms Mitford's own life, has its darker undertones and the final few pages of this novel illustrate this only too well. In the companion novel to 'The Pursuit of Love' (Love in a Cold Climate) we meet up with Fanny and some of the Radlett family again, and Fanny's story continues in a third novel:Don't Tell Alfred, both of which I am looking forward to reading and reviewing sometime soon.
The Pursuit of Love is new to me, although I am familiar with some of Nancy Mitford's other works. I enjoyed reading it enormously, parts of it were laugh-aloud funny, especially the description of the days spent at Alconleigh. It's amazing how little the family seem to be aware of the lives of the poor around them - to read the book, one would imagine that the only people in existence were the landed gentry. But reading it on a chick lit level, I found it a most entertaining book, and a comment on the times of upper social echelon of society.
It wasn't immediately clear to me that this was supposed to be Linda's story, not Fanny's. It wasn't until I was a considerable way through the book that Fanny announces this fact, somewhat to my disappointment, I have to admit. Fanny seems to me to be the most likeable of the characters, and it was with some disbelief that I realised that the most of the story was supposed to have been written from accounts that Linda gave of her shenanigans in France. In view of what happens in the end, I suppose it had to be Fanny's story, and the ending is what I liked least about the book.
However, I am now determined to read more of Mitford, but not at that price on Kindle - secondhand from my local charity shop!
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