Saturday, 8 June 2013
Barbara Pym Books
The week before last I read 'A Few Green Leaves' which I enjoyed, and this week 'A Glass Of Blessings.' Both titles were interesting, but the last having a rather exasperating main character, Wilmet, who despite being self-assured, superior and highly observant and critical about others, was rather dim, passive, aimless and utterly self-centred, being blind about what was happening to those closest to her. I felt that she often wanted to be good and useful, indeed she did care about others to a small extent sometimes, but generally expected to be led by the hand to do anything. This story did have quite a lot of funny lines in it, which I wish I had jotted down before I returned it to the library!
I possess four titles in my library (Crampton Hodnet, Some Tame Gazelle, Jane and Prudence, Less Than Angels); 1980s E. P. Dutton editions with attractively patterned covers and I must say that I was appalled at the covers of the new editions that have been recently republished. They are cute, but tend to make the books look like just one more of the gang of dreaded "chick-lit" which I can't abide. I can say the same for the new covers for Mary Stewart's books too. It's worth seeking out the older printings for better covers.