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Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (Virago Modern Classics) Paperback – April 6, 2006
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When she falls while walking one day, Mrs. Palfrey is rescued by Ludovic Meyer, a struggling young writer. Because of his kindness and her pleasure in his attention, she invites him to dinner, where the residents assume he is her grandson Desmond. Ludo/Desmond is everything that the other residents of the hotel long for--he genuinely cares for Mrs. Palfrey, he listens to her, and he recognizes her value. Having never known a normal family life, Ludo needs Mrs. Palfrey as much as she needs him, and she happily becomes his much-appreciated "grandmother."
As the two develop a close relationship, Mrs. Palfrey reminisces about her life, and Ludo, having failed in past relationships, begins to understand what love means, blossoming under her attention. Ludo subsequently takes notes for a story he plans to write about her life and her experiences at the Claremont, where the informal motto is "We Aren't Allowed to Die Here." As time passes and life becomes more complicated for both of them, their relationship is tested.Read more ›
Ludo, unlike her real grandson, is a delightful, attentive and interesting young man. He is preparing a novel -"We aren't allowed to die here"- and first draws on their encounters as a form of research, but their friendship grows on the basis of mutual respect and beautiful conversations.
I would not have picked this up if it had not been for a personal recommendation and I was delighted by it.
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unexpected encounter with a young writer develops into a meaningful relationship for aging woman living in a residential hotel in London. 1970s.Published 16 days ago by maxinelampert
I loved the story. Beautifully written, large-as-life characters, imaginative, sensitive and very clever. It was both poignant and very funny.Published 24 days ago by Amparo Aracama
Though nicely written I found the tale rather dreary. Others in my book club enjoyed it, so it strikes readers differently. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. T. Morgan
This is a moving and charming book. The characters are beautifully drawn, and the narrative moves at a gentle by steady pace. The writing is remarkable.Published 9 months ago by Antonia Flint