Sunday, February 14, 2016

Neglected …

… 1p Book Review – Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym | The Dabbler.

Quartet is a difficult book to write about, being, even by Pym’s standards, sparse, tight, nuanced and extremely finely drawn, with very little ‘happening’ in the sense of narrative events. It is a beautifully managed group and individual portrait of four people – two men, two women – who have been working together for some time in an office (a very Pymian office where nothing identifiable as useful work is done, time hangs heavy and the day revolves around cups of tea, an economy-size tin of instant coffee, and lunchtime activities).

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