The February book for discussion at the Marylebone Library Reading Group was The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford. In comparison to some they’ve read recently, a short book, but nonetheless enjoyable.
Some of the group particularly enjoyed the first part of the novel and remarked on the similarities to I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith, which was read by the group couple of months ago.
The father figure was seen as quite complex and stereotyped, with attitudes being a product of the time.
It was interesting, given Mitford’s later essay on ‘U and Non-U’ English, to observe the precision of language associated to class: notepaper/writing paper, mirror/looking glass, perfume/scent. The narrator became a figure that nearly everyone in the group wanted to find out more about.
The group’s next read is The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, meeting on Tuesday 12 March. New members always welcome!