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This is one of my favourite books and I have been desperate for its audiobook release. I think Emilia Fox's narration was very ordinary, sometimes bordering on annoying. Patricia Hodge reading its companion book, "Love in a Cold Climate" is much better.
What did you like best about The Pursuit of Love? What did you like least?
Nancy Mitford's tale of the life of Linda, told through the ever-loving eyes of her cousin Fanny, is effortlessly enchanting and often gloriously funny. Each character possesses some mildly eccentric characteristics, perhaps only with the exception of Fanny herself. A modern listener may find certain passages quaint and dated, but the underlying themes are of perpetual interest today.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pursuit of Love?
Their childhoods - who doesn't want a Hon's cupboard now?
Would you listen to another book narrated by Emilia Fox?
Yes; I Capture the Castle is brilliantly read, so much so that you fogey you are listening to an audiobook and are entirely swept up by the story. Here, however, she feels a little younger in terms of her narrative style, and sometimes you are left feeling that she hasn't quite got the sense of one or two phrases or passages.
Did The Pursuit of Love inspire you to do anything?
To pursue more Mitford.
Any additional comments?
A bucket list book if nothing else; you feel changed by it, which can only be the sign of good writing. Despite its feminine appearance, it tackles numerous subjects from politics, feminism, war, religion and that transitional period in English society that has now gone forever. A book that very eloquently defies a lot of misconceptions.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Pursuit of Love to be better than the print version?
I enjoyed the audio edition I have not read the print version however the impression I gained was that the audio stayed true to the original text
What other book might you compare The Pursuit of Love to, and why?
None in my experience
Have you listened to any of Emilia Fox’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I thought Emilia Fox's performance was pitched just right for the content
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not a chance given it is 7hrs long
Any additional comments?
Although the novel is set in the world of the upper middle class country set in between the wars the story is one that reveals the universal truths regarding the vagaries of the human heart. The writing is economical and a times touches greatness. My first book by this author I will seek out more.
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