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Quartet in Autumn

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Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym
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This is the story of four people in late middle-age - Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia - whose chief point of contact is that they work in the same office and they suffer the same problem - loneliness. Lovingly, poignantly, satirically and with much humour, Pym conducts us through their small lives and the facade they erect to defend themselves against the outside world. There is nevertheless an obstinate optimism in her characters, allowing them in their different ways to win through to a kind of hope. Barbara Pym's sensitive wit and artistry are at their most sparkling in Quartet in Autumn. `An exquisite, even magnificent work of art' Observer 'Barbara Pym has a sharp eye for the exact nuances of social behaviour' The Times 'The wit and style of a twentieth century Jane Austen' Harpers & Queen 'Barbara Pym's unpretentious, subtle, accomplished novels are for me the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past 75 years . . . spectacular' Sunday Times `Very funny and keenly observant of the ridiculous as well as the pathetic in humanity' Financial Times

Author Biography

When the Times Literary Supplement asked critics to name the most underrated authors of the past 75 years, only one was mentioned twice: Barbara Pym. Barbara Pym wrote nine novels, including An Unsuitable Attachment, Quartet in Autumn and The Sweet Dove Died. She died in 1980.
Release date NZ
August 20th, 2004
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Pan Books
Pages
192
Dimensions
130x197x12
ISBN-13
9780330326483
Product ID
1643570

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