Quartet in Autumn (Plume)

Quartet in Autumn (Plume)

Barbara Pym

Shortlisted for the 1977 Booker Prize

This is the tale of 4 humans in past due middle-age - Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia - whose leader aspect of touch is they paintings within the similar workplace and so they endure a similar challenge - loneliness. Lovingly, poignantly, ironically and with a lot humour, Pym conducts us via their small lives and the facade they erect to safeguard themselves opposed to the surface international. there's however an obstinate optimism in her characters, permitting them of their alternative ways to win via to a type of wish. Barbara Pym's delicate wit and artistry are at their such a lot glowing in "Quartet in Autumn".

"An beautiful, even brilliant murals" - Observer

"'Barbara Pym has a pointy eye for the precise nuances of social behaviour" - The Times

"The wit and elegance of a 20th century Jane Austen" - Harpers & Queen

"Barbara Pym's unpretentious, sophisticated, comprehensive novels are for me the best examples of excessive comedy to have seemed in England in the past seventy five years ...spectacular" - Sunday Times

"Very humorous and keenly observant of the ridiculous in addition to the pathetic in humanity" - monetary Times

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