This is Nancy Mitford's semi-autobiographical novel. It was a best seller when it was published in 1945. The book describes her eccentric aristocratic family, and her own pursuit of love in the character of Linda.
Most of the reviews gave high praise on the witty description of aristocratic life. I probably read too many Mitford books so did not find many surprises on the family description in the novel. However, I was very touched by the pursuit of love by the main character Linda. The love was romantic, the prose beautiful and touching, and it felt that the words touched the very personal part of the author, and the readers' hearts.
I'd like to quote the book on how a person finds love:
"It was like seeing somebody in the street who you think is a friend, you whistle and wave and run after him, but it is not only not the friend, but not even very like him. A few minutes later the real friend appears in view, and then you can’t imagine how you ever mistook that other person for him."
At the end Linda found her love. Nancy did too. She did not choose to live an ordinary aristocratic female's life by marrying a duke, produce heirs, and run farms; but instead she pursued her love and followed him to France. She is a true romantic and I salute her....Continua
Racconto della generazione sospesa tra le due guerre mondiali, tra eccentricità e declino della nobiltà terriera, dilagante imposizione della volgarità borghese e la descrizione di un'epoca che non tornerà mai più.
Il libro è bizzarro, a tratti divertente e ironico in puro british style, ma ciò che pervade l'intera narrazione è la triste consapevolezza della fugacità della vita.
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