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Love In A Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford [Jul. 30th, 2018|09:32 am]
Tony Grist
Nancy Mitford's portrayal of the English ruling classes (I put it in the plural because the upper crust is layered- and permeable- like puff pastry) is affectionate but withering. To think these people- so shallow, so limited in their sympathies and experience, so poorly educated, so barely ethical- were actually in charge of things- and their children's children probably still are- is hair-raising. Love in a Cold Climate is fiction, but every character- more or less- is modelled on a person or persons who really existed- and those who were there at the time say it gets country house society in the 1930s bang to rights. It is funny and sad and joyous- operating in the same universe as Evelyn Waugh (who was Mitford's friend)- but with the difference that Waugh mostly detests humanity and Mitford doesn't.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2018-07-30 09:09 am (UTC)
But it is still funny that while she was able to write about it, she was also so much a part of it and in her way still demanding so much of the privilege as well. Of course Debo went right to the top of the pecking order, but the others, with the possible exception of Jessica, were also claiming political ideologies while still expecting special treatment.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-07-30 09:41 am (UTC)
I guess it was the only world Nancy knew.

She makes fun of her people, but there's no social criticism- not really. It's obviously outrageous that Uncle Matthew with his bigotry and ungovernable temper should operate as a magistrate but she doesn't have any suggestions as to what should be done about it.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2018-07-30 10:47 am (UTC)
More of an observer than a social reformer.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-07-30 12:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly.
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