No Fond Return of Love

No Fond Return of Love

Book - 2002
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Dulcie Mainwaring, the heroine of the book, is one of those excellent women who is always helping others and never looking out for herself- especially in the realms of love. The novel has a delicate tangle of schemes and unfulfilled dreams, hidden secrets and a castle or two. Told wonderfully in the deadpan honesty that has become a Pym hallmark, this book is a delight.
Publisher: Wickford, R.I. : Moyer Bell, 2002.
ISBN: 9781559213066
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Sep 21, 2013

I love the thoughts of Barbara Pym's characters in this book. It's that simple.

jeanner222 Feb 20, 2013

Our story begins at a conference in Derbyshire. Bibliographers, editors, and indexers gather at a girls’ boarding school to discuss their craft. Dulcie Mainwaring attends and hopes to forget her recently broken engagement. She is the focus of our story.

At the conference, she meets two others: Viola Dace and Aylwin Forbes. Viola is like Dulcie: a single woman, over the age of thirty, doing thankless work for academics. Aylwin is an academic, and Viola has worked for him. The three form an interesting triangle, each with their own ambitions, problems, and relationships.

I did not enjoy this as much as the other two novels I’ve read by Pym. Perhaps there was just a little too much going on in this novel.


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