Some Tame Gazelle

Some Tame Gazelle

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Baker & Taylor
Both middle-aged spinsters in a provincial English village, flirtatious Harriet turns down periodic proposals, while shy sister Belinda has been unable to express her longstanding love for the vicar

Publisher: Dutton, 1983
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780525241782
Branch Call Number: PYM
Characteristics: 252 p. ; 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.

Aug 19, 2013

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


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