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Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (Virago Modern Classics) Paperback – April 6, 2006
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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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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Enjoyable reading, excellent language. I liked Mrs. Palfrey and her lot at the Claremont. The novel deals admirably with the theme of old age, retiring, withdrawal, the end of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Monika Jaruskova
The writing is excellent. The loneliness of old age with a family that doesn't care about you is rather depressing. A well-drawn portrait of how none of us wants to end up.Published 1 month ago by Jake
unexpected encounter with a young writer develops into a meaningful relationship for aging woman living in a residential hotel in London. 1970s.Published 2 months 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 2 months 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 9 months ago by D. T. Morgan