No photo as I forgot. I DNF this last summer but raced through it this time. Sad, poignant and sometimes laugh out loud funny.
A very quiet read, sometimes sad and often witty. Beautifully written, and the characters are all so different and well-developed. My first Pym, but I definitely plan to read more.
Day 19 - #autumnal #31bookpics
Story about people who work together in an office and they are getting ready to retire. It was a little sad in some parts but it did end on a good note. The characters are unique and very interesting and I found Pym to be very insightful. I enjoyed her writing very much and I look forward to reading some of her other books. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys classic literature with subtle humor.
This modern classic is perfect for #autumn—not just in reference to the season of the year, but to the season of life. As ever, Pym‘s reflections are astute and her wit is sharp in this poignant tale of four lonely coworkers on the eve of retirement. I‘m reading this now and savoring it, as one does.
Was reading Les Mis and keeping up with the news, but the patriarchy that is our reality AND Victor Hugo‘s subtle misogyny got to be too much for me. Moving on to a beautiful, comforting book written by a woman and a generous glass of wine.
Real question: How are there any female Republicans anymore? Why?!
The quartet is composed of four aging clerks that share an office: Edwin, Letty, Marcia, and Norman. It begins shortly before the Letty and Marcia are asked to retire, showing first the routine of their lives and the changes retirement brings. Pym depicts their shabby and disconnected lives and how, despite best efforts, easy it is to fall through the social/safety net for some and how others adapt to change. The writing is economical and solid.
‘Quartet in Autumn‘ is one of Pym‘s more memorable novels because of its theme of growing old & the loneliness & isolation that can occur with ageing. But what makes this heavy theme bearable is Pym‘s incredible ability to add humour & lightness to even the most bleak of topics. I found this novel intelligent, moving & incredibly relevant with our social & political issues we face today.
My full review is on the blog (link in comments).
It‘s been a blustery day today, high winds screaming through the eaves, and curtains flapping with each gust. This evening, I‘m tucked up with a Barbara Pym, and a cup of mulberry tea. I‘ll be posting a final review on my blog later this week. Every six months I participate in the linked club. This month, it‘s literature from the year 1977. If you‘d like to participate do check out the link below:
1. The trees & leaves, the darkening of the world, apple-things, pumpkin-things, spice-things, Halloween, plaid, flannel, tea, autumn scents and colors, thick socks, light scarves... 😁
2. Winter. Preferably in front of a fireplace, with snow outside
3. The not-too-distant-future
4. I'm trying to spend less... 😬
5. Castles, haunted houses, etc
6. Work, baby, social obligations, sleep
7. I keep track.. it's >1000 at this point. 😳
#fallintobooks day 22: #fallreads
I decided to go with books with "autumn" titles for this one. None of which I've read though I've certainly enjoyed books by these authors.
Have you read any of these autumn books?
The last of my Barbara Pym haul arrived today. I decided to replace 4 tattered copies I already owned and found some lovely editions online. #BookMail
English novelist Pym portrays, somewhat unhurriedly, but with sharp observations on character, four co-workers on the verge of retirement. At the end I was feeling all "I don't want to be one of those lonely people out there when I'm old". I'll definitely be on the lookout for her other novels-- this was one of her last ones. Read for year 1977 of #birthdaychallenge
"Marcia had always appreciated the drama of an ambulance and even wanted to ride in one, but when the time came she was hardly in a position to realise that she was at last achieving this unusual ambition ". ? Almost done with my 1977 book for my #birthdaychallenge ?.