Download Excellent Women (Penguin Classics) by Barbara Pym PDF

By Barbara Pym

Very good girls is one in every of Barbara Pym’s richest and so much fun excessive comedies. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman’s daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in Fifties England. She is a type of “excellent women,” the shrewdpermanent, supportive, repressed girls who males take without any consideration. As Mildred will get embroiled within the lives of her new neighbors—anthropologist Helena Napier and her good-looking, speeding husband, Rocky, and Julian Malory, the vicar subsequent door—the novel provides a sequence of snapshots of human lifestyles as really, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing global of manners and repressed wants.

Show description

Read Online or Download Excellent Women (Penguin Classics) PDF

Best humor & satire books

Bathtub Admirals

Within the depraved satirical culture of Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut, the adventures of 2 naval males stick to the US s upward push to international dominance as its army burns off extra testosterone, connives to justify its bloated finances, and prepares for the last word problem the battle on Evil. neighbors Jack Hogan and Buzz Rucci joined the U.

Sins of Midnight

Kimberly Logan starts off a captivating new sequence in regards to the 3 Daventry sisters who grapple with a deep mystery—each publication within the trilogy unveils extra clues—and the attractive heroes who love them. woman Jillian Daventry is a lady on a challenge. plagued by the homicide of her liked mom, she has spent the earlier 4 years utilizing her novice sleuthing talents to secretly relief Bow highway in fixing a few of their so much baffling circumstances within the hopes that she may perhaps ultimately locate the individual liable.

Der unschickliche Antrag.

Ein höchst komischer Roman aus Sizilien über die Wirren, Intrigen, Verhaftungen, Morde und Liebesdramen, die ein einfacher Antrag auf ein Telefon auslöst. Der Holzhändler Filippo Genuardi, genannt Pippo, begeistert sich für alles Neue; er besitzt einen Phonographen Edison und sogar einen aus Paris importierten motorisierten Vierräder.

James Kelman

James Kelman is Scotland's such a lot influential modern prose artist. this can be the 1st book-length research of his groundbreaking novels. It analyses and contextualizes each one intimately. It argues that whereas Kelman bargains a coherent and constant imaginative and prescient of the area, every one novel may be learn as a special literary reaction to specific elements of up to date working-class language and tradition.

Additional info for Excellent Women (Penguin Classics)

Sample text

I have a fire and was just going to make some coffee. ’ ‘What a charming room,’ he said when we were in it. ’ I could not help being pleased at the implied compliment but felt bound to explain that most of the furniture had come from my old home. ‘Ah, yes,’ he paused, as if remembering something, ‘from the old rectory. ’ I went into the kitchen and busied myself making more coffee. ’ he said, coming in and watching me. ’ I explained that I had just finished supper and added that I found it rather a bother cooking just for myself.

Had he been a little drunk? I wondered. I believed the wine had made me feel a little unsteady too, but then I was not used to it and the whole evening had a fantastic air about it, as if it couldn’t really have happened. I lay awake feeling thirsty and obscurely worried about something. Well, there was really no need for me to see very much of the Napiers. Circumstances had thrown us together this evening but tomorrow we should all be keeping to ourselves. I did not suppose that Helena would remember her invitation to me to hear their paper at the learned society, so I would not expect it.

Julian was hanging up his biretta on a peg in the narrow hall. Next to it hung a rather new-looking panama hat. I had never seen him wearing it and it occurred to me that perhaps he had bought it to keep until its ribbon became rusty with age and the straw itself a greyish yellow. My father had worn just, such a hat and it always seemed to me to epitomise the wisdom of an old country clergyman, wisdom which Julian could not hope to attain for another twenty or thirty years. ‘A welcoming sort of place with a bright entrance,’ Julian repeated.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.09 of 5 – based on 21 votes