Some Tame Gazelle

Some Tame Gazelle

[a Novel]

Paperback - 2013
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A novel of two sisters in postwar England that lets you "step into the Jane Austen-like lives of Harriet and Belinda Bede" ( The Christian Science Monitor ).
Belinda and Harriet Bede live together in a small English village. Shy, sensible Belinda has been secretly in love with Henry Hoccleve--the poetry-spouting, married archdeacon of their church--for thirty years. Belinda's much more confident, forthright younger sister Harriet, meanwhile, is ardently pursued by Count Ricardo Bianco. Although she has turned down every marriageable man who proposes, Harriet still welcomes any new curate with dinner parties and flirtatious conversation. And one of the newest arrivals, the reverend Edgar Donne, has everyone talking. A warm, affectionate depiction of a postwar English village, Some Tame Gazelle perfectly captures the quotidian details that make up everyday life. With its vibrant supporting cast, it's also a poignant story of unrequited love.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2013.
ISBN: 9781480408098
1480408093
Characteristics: 212 pages ; 22 cm

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This book is more tedious reading than any of Pym's other novels which I have read. The setting around life in a rural English church with insipid characters (well drawn by the author of course) kept me wondering 'when is something going to happen'. But of course that is the point. And there is that flavour of latent feminism in the middle age, well off spinsters. It is a wonderful comment on Edwardian mores and a society coming out of its classist straight-hold.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

Two middle-aged spinsters, one suffering unrequited love for the town's pompous vicar, the other always falling for the new curate. A charming portrait of an English village and its truly lovable eccentrics.

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Aug 19, 2013

I have just re-read this wonderful novel. Barbara Pym's books never disappoint.

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