I happily immersed myself in their lives, enjoying their various encounters, sympathizing with their defeats and disappointments, and laughing at their astute observations of life. Take this bit of dialogue between Prudence and Jane's "suitable widower":
"I always think women who write books sound rather formidable."
"You'd prefer them to be stupid and feminine? To think men are wonderful?" (Prudence)
"Well, every man likes to be though wonderful. A woman need not necessarily be stupid to admire a man."See what I mean? Pym's writing (like Jane Austen's) is witty and insightful and her novels are delightful and funny. My favorite is still Excellent Women, but I enjoyed this one almost as much. Plus, it filled another category for me in the What's In A Name Reading Challenge that I'm participating in this year. (Not that I needed another reason to read this Barbara Pym novel; her novels are reason enough.)
What's in a Name 2014 Reading Challenge Update: 2 books read; 3 more to go.
Category completed with this read: Read a book that has a forename (or names) in the title.