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Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (Virago Modern Classics) [Paperback]

By Elizabeth Taylor & Paul Bailey (Introduction by)
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Pages   205
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   Virago UK
ISBN  1844083217  
EAN  9781844083213  

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On a rainy Sunday in January, the widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are eccentric and curious. They fight off their twin enemies: boredom and the Grim Reaper. Then one day Mrs Palfrey strikes up an unexpected friendship with Ludo, a handsome young writer.

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On a rainy Sunday in January, the recently widowed Mrs. Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are magnificently eccentric and endlessly curious, living off crumbs of affection and snippets of gossip. Together, upper lips stiffened, they fight off their twin enemies—boredom and the Grim Reaper. Then one day Mrs. Palfrey strikes up an unexpected friendship with Ludo, a handsome young writer, and learns that even the old can fall in love.

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More About Elizabeth Taylor & Paul Bailey

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elizabeth Taylor (1912-75) is increasingly being recognised as one of the best writers of the twentieth century. She wrote her first book, At Mrs Lippincote's, during the war, and this was followed by eleven further novels and a children's book, Mossy Trotter. Her short stories appeared in Vogue, the New Yorker and Harper's Bazaar. Rosamond Lehmann considered her writing 'sophisticated, sensitive and brilliantly amusing, with a kind of stripped, piercing feminine wit', and Kingsley Amis regarded her as 'one of the best English novelists born in this century'.

Elizabeth Taylor was born in 1912 and died in 1975.

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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont  Aug 11, 2008
A beautiful story of not only friendship but of kinship - how one soul - experienced in life helps another soul, find his own life and direction and how love and understanding can come from the most unlikely source.

This story teaches us not only the value of friendship but of how one small kindness can alter your life's path if you follow your instinct and your heart.

The film version is as beautiful and moving as the written word - the characters come to life each in their own individual presence. I loved watching the progression of the story and characters as much as I enjoyed reading the calming, cathartic words of the book. Everyone should know at least one 'Mrs. Palfrey' in their lifetime.

A Heartwarming Tle  May 13, 2008
If you like love stories, although one with a different twist, this is the movie for you. It's a poignant tale of what awaits the oldsters in our world. You will love that some younger generation folks can be as caring as we would hope more to be.
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont  Nov 6, 2007
I luckily saw the movie version of this first - a well-acted, sweet movie. I bought the DVD as I enjoyed it so much. I decided to buy the book too and read it after having seen the movie twice. A big disappointment which surprised me - I usually enjoy the book version of a movie more, more content, etc. But the character portrayals on film were much softer and all in all the film was kinder, sweeter. I was quite disappointed in the book and would recommend anyone wishing to buy it, to buy the DVD instead. A lovely film.
Mrs. Palfrey, Rich character study  May 28, 2007
Rich, full characters flesh out this dismal tale. Definitely not the standard American story, no happy ending this.
"Welcome to the Claremont. I hope you have a strong stomach."  Jun 11, 2006
When Mrs. Palfrey, a genteel, elderly widow, arrives with her possessions at the formerly elegant Claremont Hotel in London, she expects "something quite different." Planning to stay at least a month, possibly permanently, she prefers her independence in this aging London hotel to living in Scotland near her daughter, who prefers to ignore her. A variety of elderly eccentrics call the Claremont home--an aging "actress," a ditzy busybody, a haughty observer of the social niceties, a woman who fancies herself an ingénue, and one lone male, an expert on all subjects. The residents put up a good front, but their loneliness and boredom are obvious--no one visits them, they rarely leave the hotel, and nothing in their lives changes very much.

When she falls while walking one day, Mrs. Palfrey is rescued by Ludovic Meyer, a struggling young writer. Because of his kindness and her pleasure in his attention, she invites him to dinner, where the residents assume he is her grandson Desmond. Ludo/Desmond is everything that the other residents of the hotel long for--he genuinely cares for Mrs. Palfrey, he listens to her, and he recognizes her value. Having never known a normal family life, Ludo needs Mrs. Palfrey as much as she needs him, and she happily becomes his much-appreciated "grandmother."

As the two develop a close relationship, Mrs. Palfrey reminisces about her married life, teaching Ludo about the many kinds of love and all its pleasures, and he, having failed in past relationships, begins to understand what love means, blossoming under her attention. As Mrs. Palfrey shares her past with him, he takes notes for a story he plans to write about her life and her experiences at the Claremont, where the informal motto is "We Aren't Allowed to Die Here." As time passes and life becomes more complicated for both of them, their relationship is tested.

Filled with hilariously eccentric characters who respond to aging in different ways, this 1975 novel shows a feisty Mrs. Palfrey challenging convention by reveling in her relationship with Ludo. With an unerring eye for the telling detail and the perfectly revealing comment, the author brings universal themes to vibrant life--the passage of time, the aging process, the compromises we make, and our continuing need to be accepted. The author never resorts to caricature as she makes her wry observations, respecting her characters even when presenting them in sometimes hilarious scenes. In this sweetly romantic comic masterpiece, old age is shown as a stage in life, one in which rewards and happiness are more important than the inevitable conclusion. n Mary Whipple

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