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Excellent Women (The Penguin Classics) Week of February 26, 2007

February 23 2007 at 2:56 PM
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Book jacket: Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

Excellent Women
by Barbara Pym

Excellent Women is one of Barbara Pym’s richest and most amusing high comedies. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman’s daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those “excellent women,” the smart, supportive, repressed women who men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors—anthropologist Helena Napier and her handsome, dashing husband, Rocky, and Julian Malory, the vicar next door—the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires.
Excellent Women is one of Barbara Pym’s richest and most amusing high comedies. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman’s daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those “excellent women,” the smart, supportive, repressed women who men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors—anthropologist Helena Napier and her handsome, dashing husband, Rocky, and Julian Malory, the vicar next door—the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires.



    
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abigail
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Re: Excellent Women (The Penguin Classics) Week of February 26, 2007

February 24 2007, 3:40 PM 

So I looked up "foreign egg" in my food lover's companion and came up with nothing. Maybe it is an egg from animals other than hens...seeing as how this is post WWII I do not think it can mean an egg imported...sorry, still clueless...

 
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Tina
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foreign egg

March 24 2007, 6:16 PM 

I didn't read the book yet, but 'foreign egg' is an egg that winds up somehow in the nest of another species. I suppose that figuratively 'foreign egg' could mean someone who is out of place in their current habitat.

 
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Jess
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Can't wait to get the book

February 28 2007, 5:16 PM 

I was immediately drawn in by the easy prose style. This book sounds very promising and one that I can easily immerse myself in. I definitely want to read more.

 
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abigail
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Re: Can't wait to get the book

March 1 2007, 10:27 PM 

I finished the book a couple of days ago and I must admit, I loved it. Even when I got to the end I was begging for more. It ends with so many wonderful possibilities.

 
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