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“Mitford, describing in a tart and easy fashion the diverting activities of a titled English family, is mocking, good-tempered, and very funny.” —The New Yorker
 
“The deliriously foolish story of an inane but charming girl and her outrageously eccentric family.” —The New York Times
 
“Utter, utter bliss.” —The Daily Mail (London)

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Nancy Mitford, daughter of Lord and Lady Redesdale and the eldest of the six legendary Mitford sisters, was born in 1904 and educated at home on the family estate in Oxfordshire. She made her debut in London and soon became one of the bright young things of the 1920s, a close friend of Henry Green, Evelyn Waugh, John Betjeman, and their circle. A beauty and a wit, she began writing for magazines and writing novels while she was still in her twenties. In all, she wrote eight novels as well as biographies of Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire, Louis XIV, and Frederick the Great. She died in 1973. More information can be found at www.nancymitford.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307740811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307740816
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Dixie Laite on June 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's hard for me to imagine a reader NOT liking, much less not adoring, Nancy Mitford's two great novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. I usually read non-fiction, and come to most novels warily as I've been too-often disappointed in what turned out to be trite, dull or just relentlessly unengaging. From the first chapter I was hooked on Mitford, and I've become a fervent evangelist ever since. Her prose is fantastic, her characters really come to life (Uncle Matthew is a favorite), and the subtle humor is, well, delightful seems the best word, in that her take on life seems full of delight -- at human foibles, goodness and ridiculousness. I loved this book, and loved Love in a Cold Climate as much if not more.

Anyway, the book is, and is likely to remain, one of my favorite novels of all time. I sorely wish I'd read it as a young woman; I think my life might actually have gone differently, that's how inspired I am by Ms. Mitford's perspective and the Zeitgeist she describes.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on January 25, 2012
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"The Pursuit of Love," is among the most popular novels written by blue-blooded British author Nancy Mitford who was very popular in the earlier twentieth century. If you consider England between first and second world wars, few girls were as famous as the Mitfords, five beautiful daughters of a well-known upper class "county family" as the British would call them. Nancy, writer of the family, knew her debutante balls well. In fact, she later came up with a way to define English social class by defining speech as "U"for upper class; and "non-U" for those who weren't.

The Mitford girls were "brought up to marry,not fall in love," Nancy once wrote. Unfortunately, of the actual Mitford girls, only one did as she was expected to do. Deborah (Debo) married the eleventh Duke of Devonshire. Unity, however, hung around Germany, striking up warmer friendships with the Nazis, and expressing herself more forcefully in their support, than suited the British public. Diana went and married Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British fascists, who was "detained" for WWII. Jessica ran off to Hollywood, no less, took American citizenship, and wrote the whistle-blowing The American Way of Death, a very influential indictment of the funeral business. Nancy did marry an "Honorable," but then she turned around and published "The Pursuit of Love," and "Love in a Cold Climate,"two slender novels, only novella length really, that pretty well blew the whistle on society, and on the Mitfords.

For everyone agrees that the central family of these novels, the Radletts, are the Mitfords to the life. Eccentric, choleric father; vague amiable mother; clamorous, animal-loving, quicksilver charming children.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on September 11, 2011
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Nancy Mitford was a bright literary light who came of age between the two World Wars. Her large and wildly eccentric family has been renamed the Radletts and is the foundation for this opening installment of a trilogy dealing with an English family on the brink of WWII.

The narrator is Fanny, a niece abandoned by her fun-loving parents who had no desire to be bound by a child. Her mother, always referred to as The Bolter, makes rare appearances in Fanny's life and none so significant as when she delivers the final line of this novel, one of the best I can recall to close out a tale.

The characters and the story are seen through Fanny's eyes and she recounts their trials and tribulations with a frank and conversational tone that puts you firmly at home at Alconleigh, their cold and sparsely decorated ancestral home. Most notable amongst the characters is Linda, who flits from man to man in a self-centered and very worldly lifestyle that is both repelling and at the same time completely captivating. The terrifying Uncle Matthew is also notable for his harsh punishments and hatred of foreigners, but who suffers from a soft spot when it comes to his family and his beloved England.

Beautifully drawn characters, exquisite writing, and hysterically funny scenes make this a gem of a novel that has withstood the test of time since its 1945 publication.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne on March 19, 2012
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What struck me most about the book was the tone of the narrator and the characters. Bizarre, dramatic, and emotional situations were described with such a detached urbanity and dry wit. Mitford's style of writing really captures the absurdity of life in an amusing way, and I was often struck by how modern her writing felt. Overall a fun and short read that will make you think, and hopefully help ease some of your longing for Cousin Matthew and Mary. See my full review here: [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 22, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed rereading this entertaining Mitford classic. Wonderful bon mots and stylishly evocative of a bygone era. Lighthearted, but sharp and witty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurence R. Bachmann VINE VOICE on May 14, 2013
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Nancy Mitford's ability to make light of an absolutely appalling family--two sisters ardent fascists, and parents and a brother who were nearly so and almost everyone a rabid anti-semite, is no small feat. Indeed, when one knows the truth about the Mitford clan, one can't help but feel disturbed by her portrayal of them as merely rambunctious, wacky, iconoclasts. The truth is frankly more disturbing. That said--it's hard to hate your mum, even if she harbors an affection for goose-steppers. So instead of the truth, Nancy has concocted a delicious piece of fluff that is occasionally poignant.

Cousin Fanny chronicles the life of the rather vacuous and beautiful cuz Linda--presumably a composite of Nancy with smidgeons of others here and there. Raised by a mother prone to dreamy withdrawal and a father who is all bark and no bite, daughters are expected by Fa and Mum to tow a Victorian line that demands little of women other than they be reasonably literate, become excellent horsewomen, be presented to society and nail down an appropriate husband.

Linda accomplishes the first three expectations rather easily but falls short rather sharply setting her cap for a (gasp!) son of bankers with a German surname. Everyone expects it to end badly and does, with Linda going from bad to almost as bad with communist sympathizer. It is not until the outset of WWII that happiness approaches (quite literally) at Paris's Gare du Nord. Mitford never abandons her light and breezy style, ever when the clouds of war are forming and the conclusion of Linda's story is quite touching if a bit artificial. Despite the rushed--"let's wrap it up" conclusion--the humor and insight into a world and class that has,thankfully, for the most part, disappeared is extremely well done and almost always enjoyable.
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