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No Fond Return of Love by Barbara Pym

No Fond Return of Love (1961)

by Barbara Pym

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Dulcie Mainwaring has broken off her engagement and lives alone in a big old house that had belonged to her parents. She attends a conference for people who work in the publishing industry, where she meets Viola and a handsome writer called Aylwin Forbes. Dulcie is one of those people who can't help but insert themselves into the lives of others. If this sounds a bit like a soap opera, it probably is, but Barbara Pym's characterizations and humor are delightful. All's well that ends well. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. ( )
2 vote NanaCC | Aug 22, 2015 |
Dulcie and Viola meet at a weekend conference for people involved in the peripheral aspects of writing, such as researching and indexing an author's work. Neither really likes the other but circumstances throw them together, and then they find that they share an interest in stalking a mutual acquaintance, good-looking author Aylwin Forbes.

Pym's novels are hard to put a label to; they have comical aspects and funny characters, but they have some sadness. They aren't romance novels, but the ones I've read so far feature lonely women trying to find someone. I really liked noticing about halfway through the book that, though Viola sulks around most people to the point that her own parents don't enjoy her company, she perks right up when an eligible man is around. ( )
1 vote mstrust | Jan 3, 2014 |
Another stellar book by Barbara Pym. Is this her answer to Mansfield Park?
Very amusing. ( )
1 vote PatsyMurray | Dec 13, 2013 |
I didn't enjoy this book as much as others of Pym's. I found it almost too weird and far fetched. Not that one wants to take Pym's books seriously; one delights in their nonsense. Only this was a bit too much really. I liked the minor characters more than the major characters so maybe that had something to do with it. It does have one of the best opening lines in a novel though, I must say. ( )
  alexdaw | Jul 15, 2013 |
Barbara Pym does a good job of presenting ordinary folk with all their oddities so that they and their ordinary lives are interesting, even fun. No Fond Return of Love is no exception ( )
1 vote snash | Jul 7, 2013 |
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Barbara Pym is an idiosyncratic writer and those who are already addicts (and I choose the word deliberately) need only to be told that No fond return of love is the mixture as before, as sweet and sour as ever. The publisher's blurb quotes a phrase which is used more than once in the book. Indexers and bibliographers are referred to as those who work on the'dustier fringes of the academic world'. This is typical of the way Barbara Pym gently denigrates and pokes fun at all her characters, most of whom have middleclass or clerical backgrounds. Catty she may be but her claws are sheathed and one can feel affection behind the irony. Her style of writing is wry and muted and she is admittedly an acquired taste. For 14 years she was largely neglected; many people thought she was dead. Between 1950 and 1961 she had written six ironic, witty novels, but, though well reviewed, they were never widely read.
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Dulcie Mainwaring is always helping others, but never looks out for herself - especially in the realm of love. Her friend Viola is besotted with the alluring Dr Aylwin Forbes, so surely it isn't prying if Dulcie helps things along? Aylwin, however, is smitten with Dulcie's pretty young neice. And perhaps Dulcie herself, however ridiculous it might be, is falling, just a little, for Aylwin. Once life's little humiliations are played out, maybe love will be returned, and fondly, after all...
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Dulcie Mainwaring, the heroine of the book, is one of those "excellent women" who is always helping others and never looking out for herself- especially in the realms of love. The novel has a delicate tangle of schemes and unfulfilled dreams, hidden secrets and a castle or two. Told wonderfully in the deadpan honesty that has become a Pym hallmark, this book is a delight.

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"Dulcie Mainwaring, the heroine of the book, is one of those "excellent women" who is always helping others and never looking out for herself--especially in the realms of love. The novel has a delicate tangle of schemes and unfulfilled dreams, hidden secrets and a castle or two."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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