Unlimited [Travel Book] ☆ Some Tame Gazelle - by Barbara Pym ↠

  • Title: Some Tame Gazelle
  • Author: Barbara Pym
  • ISBN: 9781559212649
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback

  • Barbara Pym is a master at capturing the subtle mayhem that takes place in the apparent quiet of the English countryside Fifty something sisters Harriet and Belinda Bede live a comfortable, settled existence Belinda, the quieter of the pair, has for years been secretly in love with the town s pompous and married archdeacon, whose odd sermons leave members of his flockBarbara Pym is a master at capturing the subtle mayhem that takes place in the apparent quiet of the English countryside Fifty something sisters Harriet and Belinda Bede live a comfortable, settled existence Belinda, the quieter of the pair, has for years been secretly in love with the town s pompous and married archdeacon, whose odd sermons leave members of his flock in muddled confusion Harriet, meanwhile, a bubbly extrovert, fends off proposal after proposal of marriage The arrival of Mr Mold and Bishop Grote disturb the peace of the village and leave the sisters wondering if they ll ever return to the order of their daily routines Some Tame Gazelle, first published in Britain nearly 50 years ago, was the first of Pym s nine novels.
    Barbara Pym
    After studying English at St Hilda s College, Oxford, she served in the Women s Royal Naval Service during World War II The turning point for Pym came with a famous article in the Times Literary Supplement in which two prominent names, Lord David Cecil and Philip Larkin, nominated her as the most underrated writer of the century Pym and Larkin had kept up a private correspondence over a period of many years Her comeback novel, Quartet in Autumn, was nominated for the Booker Prize Another novel, The Sweet Dove Died, previously rejected by many publishers, was subsequently published to critical acclaim, and several of her previously unpublished novels were published after her death.Pym worked at the International African Institute in London for some years, and played a large part in the editing of its scholarly journal, Africa, hence the frequency with which anthropologists crop up in her novels She never married, despite several close relationships with men, notably Henry Harvey, a fellow Oxford student, and the future politician, Julian Amery After her retirement, she moved into Barn Cottage at Finstock in Oxfordshire with her younger sister, Hilary, who continued to live there until her death in February 2005 A blue plaque was placed on the cottage in 2006 The sisters played an active role in the social life of the village.Several strong themes link the works in the Pym canon , which are notable for their style and characterisation than for their plots A superficial reading gives the impression that they are sketches of village or suburban life, with excessive significance being attached to social activities connected with the Anglican church in particular its Anglo Catholic incarnation However, the dialogue is often deeply ironic, and a tragic undercurrent runs through some of the later novels, especially Quartet in Autumn and The Sweet Dove Died.


    3.5 starsMy first novel by Barbara Pym and this is her first novel, published in 1950, but started before the war and the setting feels pre-war as well. The title comes from a poem by Thomas Haynes Bayly:“Some Tame Gazelle, or some gentle dove:Something to love, oh something to love”The premise is a simple one and the novel is based on Pym and her sister. Pym started it in her 20s and imagined herself and her sister in their 50s, unmarried and living together. Belinda and Harriet Bede are si [...]

    Mary Ronan Drew
    Rereading Barbara Pym periodically is enlightening. When I first encountered her books I thought they were somewhat amusing but not in the least profound. As I grow older I recognize how perceptive her depiction is of unmarried middle aged women whose lives have constricted to the daily round and the common task with its small pleasures and pains.Pym was born in 1913 and was 37 when Some Tame Gazelle was published in 1950, but she showed a remarkable sensitivity to women in their 50s, spinsters, [...]

    In the middle of the 1930s, not long after she came down from Oxford, the young Barbara Pym wrote her first novel. She borrowed a title from Thomas Haynes Bayley."Some tame gazelle, or some gentle dove:Something to love, oh, something to love!" Its significance wasn’t clear to me at first, but as I read understood.And then Barbara Pym imagined how she and her sister might be, thirty years in the future. She creates that world, perfect in every detail, a future built on the world she knew that [...]

    The older I get, the more seriously I take Barbara Pym. Reading this book it strikes me that what she writes is very funny, and also very sad. Reading this after Cranford brings out parallels as well, and some anger -- anger about how we treat Barbara Pym and her sort of book, anger than no one in her books would ever express. The women in these books are so easy to dismiss as trivial, and obsessed with trivialities: is the local church service too high, will I be disgraced at the jumble sale, i [...]

    A Barbara Pym novel for me is the greatest of guilty pleasures. Though this is not my favorite of her novels, it was a wonderful reminder of all the reasons that I adore her. The story of two spinster sisters in a tiny township in England, where the most exciting news is the arrival of a new curate for the church, should not be page turning reading. But, I will tell you that no one is better at developing the simple lives of wonderfully complex people like Barbara Pym. I hesitate to compare her [...]

    Barbara Pym started writing this, her first novel, in her twenties. Basing the characters on herself and her sister and friends, she placed them, middle-aged, in a parochial setting in the countryside. Sisters Belinda (Pym) and Harriet (Pym's sister Hilary) are confirmed spinsters sharing a house and a life filled with gardening, church activities and endless speculation about other people's comings and goings. Belinda carries a torch for the Archdeacon, who is unhappily married to prickly Agath [...]

    Laurel Hicks
    I really enjoy Barbara Pym's quiet, peppery humor. I wish she were better known. I thoroughly approve of the way this book ends.

    I first read Barbara Pym 30 years ago. I devoured all her works. But over time, I'd forgotten exactly how much and why I loved her.The phrase "some tame gazelle" is quoted at the beginning of the book. It refers to having some, any in fact, object for one's love. We all need something or someone to love. It's a deep part of being human.Belinda and Harriet Bede are two middle-aged "spinsters" (not a word one hears much anymore!) who live in a small English village. They are active in the local ch [...]

    Some tame gazelle, or some gentle dove: Something to love, oh, something to love!---Thomas Haynes BaylyTwo reasonably content spinster sisters live together in a small town. Harriet "dotes" on young curates, having them over for meals and taking them presents, while our main character Belinda has spent thirty years gently nursing a flame for her college boyfriend, long since married and a clergyman in the same town.

    Loes Dissel
    From the opening line of this novel you are safely and deliciously in Pym Country writes Mavis Cheek in her introduction. That's exactly where I've been during this read.

    Oh this is my third Barbara Pym and she's fast becoming a complete delight. The literary equivalent of sinking your teeth into a delicious afternoon tea. This was wickedly funny, spinsters, vicars, the dilemmas of knitting socks. No-one captures the absurdities of English village life like Pym.

    SOME TAME GAZELLE. (1950). Barbara Pym. *****. This was Ms. Pym’s first novel, and clearly showed the talent that was to flow from her pen in succeeding years. The title comes from a poem by Thomas Haynes Bayly: Some tame gazelle, or some gentle dove: Somethng to love, oh, something to love!The gazelle (or dove) referred to takes on the form of a curate or curates in the village where two sisters, now approaching spinsterhood, live together and spend their lives helping their neighbors and, [...]

    I have just re-read this after about 20 years and fell in love with all the characters once again. How well she understood people and their foibles, and especially their dreams. Those dreams are often unrealized, and one sees eventually that it is probably just as the characters themselves wish.

    Some Tame GazelleSome Tame Gazelle, or some gentle dove:Something to love, oh something to love!(Thomas Haynes Bayly)My first read of 2013, and the first read of two reading challenges. Some Tame Gazelle fitted into my month of re-reading, and the Barbara Pym centenary readalong with members of the Libraryuthing Virago group and other Pym fans.Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara Pym’s first published novel; published in 1950 it was in fact written much earlier. Pym was writing the novel while she he [...]

    10/15/13loved this the 2nd time around and think i will love it more and more with each future read. 9/8/13ohhhh happy to be reading this again! the first paragraph is so funny and great!!!"the new curate seemed quite a nice young man, but what a pity it was that his combinations showed, tucked carelessly into his socks, when he sat down. Belinda had noticed it when they had met him for the first time at the vicarage last week and had felt quite embarrassed. Perhaps Harriet could say something t [...]

    Roger Pettit
    Barbara Pym may not be the the very best novelist that has ever put pen to paper. But she is unquestionably my favourite. She has provided me with more hours of pure reading pleasure than any other writer I can think of (only Agatha Christie, whose detective stories I devoured when I was a teenager and who, with Enid Blyton, is primarily responsible for my love of reading, comes close). Yes, Ms Pym's stories are usually set in what now seems like an almost vanished world of genteel Anglo-Catholi [...]

    This book was the selection for July for my local book club. It's not my typical fare and I don't know if I would've read it if it hadn't been for my club. But I found it to be an entertaining tale, if a bit dry. I have never read Pride and Prejudice, but I imagine this is a similar kind of tale. I enjoy stories set in England, but I tend to prefer cozy mysteries. The dialogue is witty and the social commentary is humorous and somewhat biting. I enjoyed the interpersonal relationships in such a [...]

    In the 80's the Pym novels were re-issued, and the author received very belated adulation for her work. At that time, I binged on Pym and now I am re-reading some of the novels for perhaps the third time.For me, the fascination is in comparing the lives of her educated, middle-class women with ours today. In some of the other books her "excellent women" work in non-profit associations or semi-academic positions. Not so, for the University graduates in Some Tame Gazelle. Their lives are small, re [...]

    Published in 1950, it's a wonderful if somewhat bittersweet tale of two sisters, Belinda and Harriet single women in a time when women were expected to marry or live in a very coded way. Belinda has been holding a torch for Henry, the archdeacon for 30 years since he chose to marry Agatha. Harriet spends her time pampering every new vicar that arrives in the village, refusing marriage proposals from a middle age Italian Count. It's every day life at his simplest but also at it's most poignant. L [...]

    Susan in NC
    This was my first Pym, although she was recommended to me years ago on ; I picked up a few ancient paperback editions from my local used book store over the years and put them on the "to-read" shelf. I just finished "Some Tame Gazelle" last night, and I really enjoyed it. I know Pym's been compared to Austen, and I see that, but I also think, as a NYT reviewer says on the cover of my edition, ". . .Barbara Pym is funnier!" Reading her makes me feel like I do when I read Anthony Trollope: tickled [...]

    Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
    Pym’s world is very gentle and shares with Wodehouse the fact that nothing really bad ever happens. Her humour too is quiet. Life isn’t quite uneventful—there are visits and little dinner and luncheon parties, and fairs and concerts—but in another sense, it isn’t all that eventful either. Romance or possibilities of it are a digression, a fluctuation in an otherwise smooth course. It may be a touch melancholy at times, there may be feelings of loneliness but does that mean that only lo [...]

    I love the many references in this book to stopping everything one is doing and having tea around 4pm. Tea is taken the proper English way with milk plus cakes and biscuits are served. In this little English village, the two 40-something sisters have a lovely life of inviting the clergy and anyone new who visits over for dinner. I couldn't get over how a few times during the story, a man who stop over to propose to one of the sisters after only being in her acquaintance once or twice. I guess ha [...]

    Barbara Pym is not for everyoneHer main characters are always maiden ladies of a certain age living in small villages in England sometime after WWII. They are engaged in fastidious (yet hilarious) tasks usually involving the parsonage and a young, unsuspecting curate who will need to eat their boiled chicken dinners before he leaves for another post. They dissect all encounters with food, neighbors, men, clothing, dust, and the garden. There is the upmost respect for librarians and anyone who wo [...]

    Amazing how enjoyable a well written book can be, even if nothing spectacular happens, the setting is some English village or other, and the protagonists are on the surface rather boring people, spinsters and clergymen mostly past their prime. But I'm not the only one to like Barbara Pym's offerings, so she must have done something right. More like this, please!!!

    Wonderful book, wonderful author. I don't know whether to mourn that I have missed reading these books for the past years, or rejoice because I have so many hours of enjoyment ahead reading more of Pym's books.

    Jakey Gee
    (This being her first). Jane Austen meets the W.I. Deceptively twee; actually very satirical. More English than a malfunctioning hotel shower or a broken laundry drying rack. Perfect Trump Era escapism.

    Barbara Pym observed Life keenly, writing novels of relationships, comedies of manners, played out around her. Some Tame Gazelle is exactly that; a novel whose exquisitely portrayed principle characters and perfectly crafted plotlines produces no great surprises; just a certain vaguely unsettling, worrisome, nagging inner sixth sense that one has already met such recognisable scenes before, in real life. Pym’s gifts for English social comedy arise from a more self-assured source than those of [...]

    I can't think why it's taken me so long to get around to reading Barbara Pym. But I'm glad that I have even if I'm a latecomer to the party. Some Tame Gazelle was her debut novel. In it she features characters based on people within her own circle of friends and acquaintances but imagines how their lives could be twenty or thirty years' time.The two 'gazelles' are the middle-aged spinster sisters Belinda and Harriet Bede. Belinda is the more intelligent one having taken a degree in literature. S [...]

    Un libro senza infamia e senza lode, una commedia ambientata nell'Inghilterra di inizio Novecento che vede protagoniste due sorelle, simpatiche zitelle, alle prese con la loro quotidianità, e il loro rapporto con le varie figure religiose, in un piccolo paesino della campagna inglese.Belinda e Harriet, così si chiamano le due "donzelle", sono molto diverse tra loro sia fisicamente che caratterialmente: la prima è minuta e spesso passa del tutto inosservata, riservata e gentile, ha un atteggia [...]

    Margaret Sullivan
    Absolutely delightful! If Jane Austen had been alive and writing in the 1930s, this is just the type of book she might write. Middle-aged spinster Belinda Bede lives with her sister Harriet in a small English village. She's been in love with the vicar since they were in college together, but he's married to someone else; and Harriet gets crushes on each curate in turn. I loved how the characters are all middle-aged, but get as silly and have as many proposals and marriages as the young people in [...]

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