To say that Love In A Cold Climate doesn't really have much of a narrative arc is to say that Margaret Thatcher wasn't really very empathetic, or that porridge is an unexciting dish What we read for instead, in these books, I think, is the otherworldly universe inhabited here by the privileged few But now the central heating had been brought up to date and the temperature everywhere was that of a hot-house. The fire which flickered away beneath the spires and towers of the chimney-piece was merely there for show, and no longer to be lighted at 7 AM, before one was awake, by a little maid scuffling about like a mouse.
The age of luxury was ended and that of comfort had begun. I dressed for dinner, passionately wishing that Polly and I could have spent the evening together upstairs, supping off a tray, as we used to do, in the schoolroom The first half of this book bored me nearly to tears, then I roared through the much more enjoyable second half.
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It is hilariously British, if you enjoy British wit and parlance. Overall a charming, light read. Oct 27, Siria rated it liked it Shelves: 20th-century , british-fiction , humour. Trashily enjoyable, Love in a Cold Climate casts a delightfully cold and acerbic eye over aristocratic English society in the s, aided by Mitford's deft and often malicious way with characterisation.
I don't know that I would read much more of her work--Mitford is very much of her time with regards to certain, uh, social assumptions and stereotypes, and this is almost ridiculously frothy--but as a once-off read, it is a lot of fun. Apr 20, Laurie rated it liked it Shelves: 20th-century-classics , This is purported to be a humorous novel which pokes fun at the upper classes of England during the late s.
I see the jabs at the lives of the rich who have little to do except go to each other's parties and gossip about each other. If only I found it all funny then I would have sped through this book. Alas the characters are as uninteresting to me as the gossip columns of society magazines are. Just as I thought near the end that the saving grace was that I could finish and be done with Mit This is purported to be a humorous novel which pokes fun at the upper classes of England during the late s.
Just as I thought near the end that the saving grace was that I could finish and be done with Mitford's novels forever, she ended the book with a kind of cliffhanger. Now I have to decide if I am honestly intrigued enough to pick up the third book of the series. Aug 04, Donna LaValley rated it really liked it. This funny book had a slow start but soon had me laughing and looking for someone to read the good lines to.
However, that someone has to like wry or oblique British humor, and pick up on the tatters of British aristocratic snobbery.
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As in many humorous stories, there are stereotypes as well as full characters, all to the good. In this tale, This funny book had a slow start but soon had me laughing and looking for someone to read the good lines to. They tend to keep them all in the same social circle, not wishing to stoop to a lower one, and so trading happens. There is snobbishness of all kinds and on all levels, played out by the author for fun. They love him for it. There is often a comment or two about the changing times. England between World Wars. Instead she went gaily on with the unstable, glittering, mostly dissipated, rich or dependent people she enjoyed.
As her scathing satires of the upper classes escalated, it seemed she might rather have made different choices. I was at first put off by the ending, but after some thought and discussion, found it to be appropriate. View all 5 comments. Didn't care for this very much.
Polly is no better than a cardboard cutout during the first part of the book; she only begins to have any depth by becoming an embittered shrew towards the novel's end. Lady Montdore has the Didn't care for this very much. Lady Montdore has the same snobbish, marriage-obsessed mindset that characterized Austen's supporting cast of Mammas, but the overblown dignity and pomposity make her appearances events to be suffered through rather than smiled at.
The cavalier treatment of Boy Dougdale and his rampant pedophilia is disturbing, but less so than the tendency at the end of the novel for characters to look on him as a victim to be pitied. And Cedric begins as a breath of entertaining fresh air, but he rapidly grates on the nerves--though this may be due to the fact that the way he's characterized has become stereotypical in the decades since the book's publication.
Mar 17, Carol Storm rated it did not like it. Such a disappointment! I had been hearing about the glamorous, scandalous, sexy Mitford sisters for years -- Jessica the fiery and sexy Communist, Unity the glamorous and sexy she-Nazi, Diana the sleek and sexy fascist, Debo the demure and sexy duchess, and last but not least Nancy the sly and sexy writer of satirical novels. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Who'd a thunk it? The low down here is that Nancy Mitford hates sex -- terrified of it. There are no male female relationships in this novel. Apparently Nancy Mitford finds normal men frightening and repulsive, yet she has plenty of time for elderly gay men who wear lipstick and makeup and lounge around in women's dressing gowns.
And who seduce poor delivery van drivers. Creepy, creepy, creepy.
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You can see why no one in the Mitford family thought it odd when sister Unity fell in love with Adolph Hitler! Jan 14, Ruth rated it really liked it. This is may favourite Nancy Mitord novel. I may have only read two including this one but that is beside the point. It is just funny. I continue to love the eccentric Uncle Matthew. He is wonderful: 'It was a favourite superstition of Uncle Matthew's that if you wrote somebody's name on a piece of paper and put it in a drawer, that person would die within a year. The drawers at Alconleigh were full of little slips bearing the names of those whom my uncle wanted out of the way, private hates of This is may favourite Nancy Mitord novel.
The drawers at Alconleigh were full of little slips bearing the names of those whom my uncle wanted out of the way, private hates of his and various public figures such as Bernard Shaw, de Valera, Gandhi, and the Kaiser, while every single drawer in the whole house contained the name Labby, Linda's old dog. The spell hardly ever seemed to work, even Labby having lived far beyond the age usual in Labradors, but he went hopefully on, and if one of the characters did happen to be carried off in the course of nature he would look pleased but guilty for a day of two' Classic Uncle Matthew.
Feb 23, Barksdale Penick rated it liked it.
For years this book sat on the bookshelf in my house, and for some reason thought it was probably a better book than The Pursuit of Love, the predecessor to Love in a Cold Climate. But it isn't. The charming wackiness of the first book wears a little thin, and the Montfords just aren't very interesting. Polly is boring, and her marriage is pointless except as a poison dart shot at her mother.
Cedric, the distant cousin who will inherit all, appears late in the book and while he charms everyone h For years this book sat on the bookshelf in my house, and for some reason thought it was probably a better book than The Pursuit of Love, the predecessor to Love in a Cold Climate. Cedric, the distant cousin who will inherit all, appears late in the book and while he charms everyone he meets, I didn't like him very much.
This is not a very complete book. I don't think it would make much sense without having read The Pursuit of Love. And the ending felt so much like a set up for the next volume: What will Cedric and Polly do? I don't much care. Aug 29, Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma rated it really liked it Shelves: romance , british , family-saga , literature , fiction , psychology , book-i-would-buy-for-you , historical. She is the closest friend to Polly Montford. It is based at a time when the society cared for nothing more but marriage.
Women were never trained in anything other than marriage. Unfortunately, the people are so cynical about love. They are quick to criticize the matches that are joined together in holy matrimony. But she defies the odds, and even going against her family's wishes to marry the man she loves. Here is her story, and it is told brilliantly. Jul 02, Lisa rated it liked it. I had mixed feelings about this book. I kept waiting for something of more substance.
View all 4 comments. The success of failure of all human relationships lies in the atmoshere each person is aware of creating for the other. First of all, like in The Pursuit of Love the characters created the story, not the way around. This way the novel is always more real. Nonetheless, I must admit I didn't like much as a human being most of the main characters including Polly , but I did like them as marvelous examples of the class.
I am sure Nancy Mitford knew them their prototypes. The main story Polly's c The success of failure of all human relationships lies in the atmoshere each person is aware of creating for the other. The main story Polly's could be a bit controversial even today. Moreover, when I started to describe the plot who was who for who etc. Nonetheless, I wasn't bored or annoyed. I loved reading it.
Even a predictable end didn't spoil the book. I was simply charmed by Mitford's style of writing and by the world of those times and people. But still, these characters, this romance, and the fact that it was less funny and that it was sadder than 'The Pursuit of Love' gave me a bit less pleasure than the previous book. If the rating had more points, e. This is really so dark, and yet Nancy Mitford makes it all sound like a frothy comedy, I don't know how she does it.
Quite genius. I've only read 3 Nancy Mitford books so far, but I can already say that she is one of my favourite authors. I was never much into Jane Austen, but this is right up my alley: over-the-top satyre of the English noblemen and noblewomen who have "all that", and everything besides. I was laughng out loud to the depiction of the stern Lady Montdore who sounds like one's least favorite aunt, and to depiction of mens activists poor fellow, to be taken advantage of the girl he molested years ago!
The ending was a bit too-perfect for my tastes, but again, one as to have the cake and ea I was never much into Jane Austen, but this is right up my alley: over-the-top satyre of the English noblemen and noblewomen who have "all that", and everything besides. The ending was a bit too-perfect for my tastes, but again, one as to have the cake and eat it at least in the past, what with Brexit and all.
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Mrs Peter Rodd thereafter, was an English novelist and biographer, one of the Bright Young People on the London social scene in the inter-war years. Linda exudes sincerity as she stands in Hyde Park in a fur coat giving a Communist speech about workers. The exception is Mr. Andrews, who has all but disappeared from the American screen since his long-ago days as Sebastian in ''Brideshead Revisited. The fictional Linda combines elements of several infamous Mitfords. She is partly Diana, a renowned beauty now 91, who married the heir to the Guinness brewing fortune and left him for Sir Oswald Mosley, the British Fascist leader.
It was Jessica who ran off with a Communist. Unity Mitford has no role here; she fell in love with Hitler. View all New York Times newsletters. And near the end of the story, as World War II approaches, Nancy Mitford borrows from her own life when Linda falls passionately in love with a handsome French duke, Fabrice de Sauveterre. Gaston Palewski, the great love of Nancy's life, was not a duke, but like Fabrice he was a Resistance fighter and a valued aide to Charles de Gaulle.
For decades he loved Nancy, though not as much as he loved womanizing. Russell Baker's commentary after the final episode gives a peculiar gloss to this story. When Mitford died in , he says, Palewski ''was at her bedside''; the coda doesn't mention that he had married another women a few years before. Decades before that, Mitford had created a different bittersweet ending for Linda. With the story of Fabrice and Linda the film becomes unexpectedly moving, but too late. This ''Love in a Cold Climate'' is a lost opportunity; Nancy Mitford deserves to be known for more than her sisters' bad taste in men.
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Love in a Cold Climate. Fanny 7 episodes, Vivian Pickles Lady Montdore 6 episodes, Diana Fairfax Emily Warbeck 6 episodes, Job Stewart Boy Dougdale 6 episodes, Rosalyn Landor Polly 5 episodes, Rebecca Saire Victoria 5 episodes, Christopher Scoular Alfred 5 episodes, Richard Hurndall Lord Montdore 4 episodes, Michael Cochrane Cedric Hampton 4 episodes, Yolande Palfrey Jassy 4 episodes, Selena Carey-Jones Louisa 4 episodes, Max Harris Little Matt 4 episodes, Jean-Pierre Cassel Fabrice, Duc de Sauveterre 3 episodes, Anthony Head Tony Kroesig 3 episodes, Peter Howell Duke of Paddington 3 episodes, Joshua Le Touzel Bob 3 episodes, Leon Eagles Sir Leicester Kroesig 2 episodes, Adrienne Corri Veronica Chaddesley-Corbett 2 episodes, Ralph Lawson Christian Talbot 2 episodes, Ann Queensberry Lady Patricia 2 episodes, Richard Beale Josh 2 episodes, Michael Lees Edit Storyline Bestselling author Nancy Mitford's wickedly witty novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate draw on her own experiences as a child of Britain's aristocracy between the two world wars.
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