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Jane y Prudence (original 1953; edition 1953)

by Barbara Pym

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Jane And Prudence by Barbara Pym (1953)

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I did a tearing re-read of this while waiting for my image reduction to finish running. I confess to not understanding Brittish religious life (what is Aspergis anyway?) but I didn't need to know too much. The characters are the interesting part; eccentric Jane, Prudence who is self-consciously smart and Fabian, who wears many roles as well as he can. Jane is the vicar's wife who can't keep house and quotes amazingly larg amounts of poetry. She tries her hand at matchmaking and rather muffs it. I wanted to dislike her assumption that her single friend Prudence needs to be fixed up but she is so odd about it that it's not irritating. Prudence rather enjoys her way of suffering through unhappy love affairs and being a woman of the world and most of the men are lost souls. Great fun.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
Simply delightful! Jane and Prudence are such realistic characters, and as always, Pym is so amusing and touching about their foibles. ( )
  PatsyMurray | Jan 21, 2014 |
Jane is the older woman in this story, married to a clergyman, who gets assigned to a country parish not far outside London. With her daughter Flora about to start university (Flora is a 2D character, with nary a speaking part, and much consigned to being in the kitchen making pots of tea for visitors). Jane is a forgetful woman, with sentences trailing off in the middle, and she's never quite sure she's doing what she should be doing in supporting her husband. However, she's on the lookout for a potential husband for her much younger and more glamorous friend Prudence.

Prudence is 29, still single and always finding herself in inappropriate love affairs. She is currently pining after her much older (and very much married) boss, who ignores her potential until it's far too late. Prudence's friendship with Jane, and the regular visits to the parish, allows Prudence to enter in rather more appropriate love affairs.

I know people who *adore* Barbara Pym, and whilst I found it amusing, it was not in the same league as, say, a Dorothy Whipple or a Stevenson, both of whom publish similar books written and set around the same time. ( )
  nordie | Sep 11, 2013 |
Nothing vast or terribly important happens in this book, but it's done so charmingly and so subtly that I can't help but love it. And it's very true how the little things count far more than great events in people's lives. A classic indeed. And definitely a woman's novel. ( )
  AnneBrooke | Jul 1, 2013 |
Pleasant enough but didn't hold my interest. ( )
  Rayaowen | Jun 16, 2013 |
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Jane and Prudence were walking in the college garden before dinner.
My grandfather was a clergyman so loved by his parishioners that he was known as 'St Richard'. (Introduction)
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VIRAGO EDITION:
If Jane Cleveland and Prudence Bates seem an unlikely pair to be walking together at an Oxford reunion, neither of them is aware of it. They couldn't be more different: Jane is rather an incompetent vicar's wife, who always looks as if she is about to feed the chickens, while Prudence, a pristine hothouse flower, has the most unsuitable affairs. With the move to a rural parish, Jane is determined to find her friend the perfect man. She learns, though, that matchmaking has as many pitfalls as housewifery...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060805943, Paperback)

Over the years, as Barbara Pym replaced Nancy Mitford, Georgette Heyer, even Jane Austen, as my most loved author, I devoured all her books, but JANE AND PRUDENCE remains my favourite. Even an umpteenth reading this weekend was punctuated by gasps of joy, laughter and wonder that this lovely book should remain so fresh, funny and true to life' Jilly Cooper 'The setting of this very funny novel, one of Barbara Pym's earliest, is an English village where Jane's husband is the newly appointed vicar, and where Prudence will pay Jane a visit and find herself courted by a fatuous young widower. Prudence, at twenty-nine, has achieved nothing in life but a dull research job in London and a string of dud affairs; Jane, now in her forties, was Prudence's tutor at Oxford. Jane cheerfully concedes that she is an incompetent housewife, but she hopes that the move to a rural parish may transform her into a Trollopean vicar's wife, as well as a crafty matchmaker. There are many comic complications here, as Jane learns that matchmaking has as many pitfalls as does housewifery' The New Yorker

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This early novel by Barbara Pym captures the charm and folly of English middle-class life. The two title characters share a devoted friendship based on memories of Oxford school days, poetry and their neighbors' private affairsall discussed over leisurely lunches. And they share a common goal: finding a suitable mate for Prudence.… (more)

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