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Love in a Cold Climate de Nancy Mitford
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Love in a Cold Climate (1949 original; edició 2010)

de Nancy Mitford (Autor)

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Linda Radlett, daughter of Lord and Lady Alconleigh, follows her heart in and out of adventures, marriages, and dalliances, much to the dismay of her parents. Her dear friend Polly Hampton maintains a cooler head in her romantic entanglements. Seamlessly weaves together the two women's tangled love affairs in an eight-part miniseries.… (més)
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Títol:Love in a Cold Climate
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Love in a Cold Climate de Nancy Mitford (1949)

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One of Nancy Mitford’s most beloved novels, Love in a Cold Climate is a sparkling romantic comedy that vividly evokes the lost glamour of aristocratic life in England between the wars.

Polly Hampton has long been groomed for the perfect marriage by her mother, the fearsome and ambitious Lady Montdore. But Polly, with her stunning good looks and impeccable connections, is bored by the monotony of her glittering debut season in London. Having just come from India, where her father served as Viceroy, she claims to have hoped that society in a colder climate would be less obsessed with love affairs. The apparently aloof and indifferent Polly has a long-held secret, however, one that leads to the shattering of her mother’s dreams and her own disinheritance. When a callow potential heir curries favour with her parents, nothing goes as expected, but in the end all find happiness in their own unconventional ways


Told by Fanny, the childhood friend of Polly, who comes back into the family's sphere after their return from India. The first part of the book is setting up the story around the Montdores, Polly's first season in London, and all the parties and guests that come in and out of their lives. It finishes with Fanny married, Polly causing a disgrace with a highly unsuitable attachment and disinheritance.

Part 2 comes with Fanny getting used to being the wife of a near penniless Don in Oxford and how life isnt how she was led to think it was. Cedric, who the Montdore's estate is now entailed to, arrives from Nova Scotia via Paris, and is certainly not what anyone expected him to be. However, he soon distracts Lady Montdore and all of her set, turning her into a different being - in looks if not personality.

Set in between the wars, some of the characters are outrageous - in their attitudes or behaviour or both. This is stiff upper lip country, where behaviour is tolerated rather than confronted and ostracised. Mitford manages to get their story out, with something that passes as happiness in the end, with a level of humour that can make you laugh out loud in parts. Some of the attitudes towards Cedric and the Lecherous Lecturer are a little close to the bone, but she somehow gets away with it.
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  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
In pains me to admit this, but perhaps I don't really get satire. I mean, I get what satire is, I can recognise it when I see it, but I don't know...I think I'm missing some small point that would allow me to revel in it.

I'm a bit flummoxed on how to review Love in a Cold Climate. I really enjoyed it; I looked forward to reading it and finding out what happened next. I bonded with the narrator. It's written beautifully with a lot of wit and humour.

But the story failed to move me in any significant way. I know the characters were all superficial, shallow and selfish and I know they all sort of got what was coming to them in the end, good or bad, but there wasn't any crisis or climax, really. And as I write this it occurs to me that this is probably because the back of the book spoils the gasp! moment. If I'd read this cold, I'd have been shocked. Still not moved in any meaningful way, but at least shocked.

Oh well, it was still a fun read, if a long one. I can imagine re-reading it again someday when I want to lose myself in the past. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 17, 2022 |
A charming, light, amoral, sporadically cruel and hilarious romp among the British aristocracy c. 1930. ( )
  adzebill | Jan 3, 2022 |
This was an enjoyable romp with which to end my reading year. 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die compares Nancy Mitford to Jane Austen.

Well, I don't know about that. I'm not sure that the novel would bear re-reading as Austen's novels do, but FWIW this is what 1001 Books has to say:
Mitford's novels, like those of Jane Austen, focus on the small social manoeuvrings of an exclusive family and their "set"; like Austen, she uses fond but mocking satire to gently send up the family, even while encouraging the reader to care about its fortunes. (1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, ABC Books 2006, p.450)
The blurb encapsulates the slight plot:
Love in a Cold Climate is a wickedly funny satire, brilliantly lampooning upper-class society. When Polly, a beautiful aristocrat, declares her love for her married, lecherous uncle - who also happens to be her mother's former lover - she sparks off a scandal that has both disastrous and delicious consequences. Love in a Cold Climate is an unforgettable tale of the absurdities and obsessions of the elite.
There really isn't much more to it than that. What makes it enjoyable is the narrator privately lampooning the situation. According to 1001 Books, this 'sensible narrator' Fanny who observes the goings-on, features in many of Mitford's novels: she is both 'in' and 'of' this society but as one of the genteel poor (like the heroines of Austen novels) she is 'not quite' one of them because her expectations have to be lower in a status-layered society. While others in the novel have no compunction about sharing their opinions, Fanny keeps her thoughts to herself. She never confronts anybody even when the behaviour is outrageous. This might be because she is discreet, or it might be that her place among them is contingent on fitting in. Mitford only hints at this by showing how Polly is ostracised for breaking the rules of the marriage market.

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2020/12/30/love-in-a-cold-climate-by-nancy-mitford/ ( )
  anzlitlovers | Dec 29, 2020 |
(37) This was a great little novel. I thought the characterizations were great and the subtle biting satire was brilliant. Fanny is the quintessential demure plain well-bred orphan cipher through which we see the lives of the Mondore family, English nobility between the 2 World Wars. Lady Mondore, a self-centered unapologetic snob, is doing all she can to make her only beautiful daughter Polly a good marriage. But Polly won't cooperate and has other shocking ideas of her own resulting in disinheritance. In comes the heir - Cedric Hampton - all I will say is hilarious. And Cedric and his ways are able to lay the hypocrisy bare.

I thought the writing was almost flawless. Some of the lines! - Polly like a cow who has been separated from its calf after her stillbirth. Acceptable solidarity with a child molester! Beyond the pale! But because of the ground work laid down by the author in terms of tone and norms (with the little Greek chorus of Jassy and Vict) the reader accepted this hook line and sinker. Is it even satire? Anyway, brilliant.

My only criticism is the ending was way too rushed - Cedric's illness, Polly's return and eventual disposition was 2 or 3 lines compared with lots of detail about seemingly mundane visits and dinner parties at the beginning. The pacing was definitely off for me and this prevented a higher rating.

I will definitely read the other related books by this author. Highly recommended for lovers of Jane Austen, Elizabeth Jane Howard, 'The Forsyte Saga,' Downton Abbey, etc. ( )
  jhowell | Aug 8, 2020 |
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Linda Radlett, daughter of Lord and Lady Alconleigh, follows her heart in and out of adventures, marriages, and dalliances, much to the dismay of her parents. Her dear friend Polly Hampton maintains a cooler head in her romantic entanglements. Seamlessly weaves together the two women's tangled love affairs in an eight-part miniseries.

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