Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Crampton Hodnet

This early novel by Barbara Pym, published posthumously, is a comic delight. Filled with misplaced affections between characters whose love lives are fumbled when not being dashed, the novel keeps the reader entertained throughout. While not at the level of a Jane Austen, Pym provides an exquisite rendering of the small Oxford society of an earlier time. This with characters that are timeless yields a wonderful read.

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