Witty & Engaging: A Review of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love

Happening upon Nancy Mitford was, for me, a happy little surprise. I’d read that one of her books, a Christmas one, was recommended by Flavorwire. My library didn’t have that one, but it did have

The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford | A Review by The 1000th Voice

The Pursuit of Love
By Nancy Mitford


I’m absolutely in love with Mitford’s sentences. Some of them are concise, some possess hidden barbs and others are complex and fascinating.

Louisa was to have two houses, one in London, Connaught Square, and one in Scotland. Her dress allowance would be three hundred a year, she would possess a diamond tiara, a pearl necklace, a motor-car of her own and a fur cape. In fact granted that she could bear John Fort William, her lot was an enviable one. He was terribly dull.

The pursuit of love in this book is both romantic and familial. It’s Linda’s (the narrator’s cousin), it’s the Bolter’s (the narrator’s mom) and it’s really each character’s pursuit. Linda wanted so badly not to become just like the Bolter. But upon leaving her second husband and taking up with a French Duke she‘d only just met, she confirmed to the reader, Fanny and her family that she was just the same. She was going to be a problem.

Alfred likes people to be filed neatly away under some heading that he can understand; careerist, social climber, virtuous wife and mother, or adulteress.

The Pursuit of Love was witty, smart and surprising. It was, ultimately, a wonderful book. In fact, a near perfect book.


Writing 5 out of 5 stars

As I said, I loved Mitford’s sentences. They were a thing of beauty.

Character Development 5 out of 5 stars

The story had an interesting structure where the  narrator was telling her cousin’s story while weaving in her own and the rest of her family’s. In that way, Mitford was able to craft well-developed characters

Storytelling 5 out of 5 stars

Mitford’s story was fascinating, humorous and ultimately very entertaining.

Total 5 out of 5 stars 

Have you read any of Mitford’s work? What did you think?

Weekly Reads: 3.3.2014

I have a good feeling about March. It’s going to be a good reading month. Starting out, I’m coming in for the homestretch with the last few pages of

The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford | Weekly Reads at The 1000th Voice

The Pursuit of Love
By Nancy Mitford

What are you reading this week?

Update: My apologies if you followed the broken link here from Book Journey. Congrats on finding the correct page! I had a WordPress hickup (or maybe it wasn’t WordPress’s fault) that required me to republish this post on the correct date. I didn’t think it would break the link, but it did. The link up doesn’t appear to be editable.

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Weekly Reads: 2.10.2014

Just standing over here in the corner suspiciously whistling and hoping no one looks my way. I’m just now to the final 50 pages of

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe | Weekly Reads at The 1000th Voice

Things Fall Apart
By Chinua Achebe

It’s really good, though. Does that sound like a ringing endorsement to you?

I will start reading Nancy Mitford next. I supposed that sounds super white now, but don’t worry. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my reading for this month’s series, and I will definitely be exploring more black authors and reading more of Edwidge Danticat’s work in the future!

What are you reading this week?

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