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On a rainy Sunday in at the PDFEPUB #229 January the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days Her fellow residents are magnif It was hard work being old It was like being a baby in reverse Every day for an infant means some new little thing learned; every day for the old means some little thing lost Names slip away dates mean nothing seuences become muddled and faces blurred Both infancy and age are tiring timesI really enjoyed this book I realize now that I didn't intend to introduce myself to Elizabeth Taylor's work by starting with her penultimate book but it was such a joy to read nonetheless and as I understand a parting from her usual themes Mrs Palfrey is a recent widow who decides to make the Claremont hotel in London her residence Although the place is a bit shabby and the food nothing to write home about the cheap rates attract a small group of elderly people that are still independent but not ready for a nursing home The only rule They weren't allowed to die there The outlook–especially on this darkening afternoon–was daunting; but the backs of hotels which are kept for indigent ladies can't be expected to provide a view she knew The best is kept for honeymooners though God alone knew why they reuired it I found this book to be uietly funny even though the subject matter was a bit melancholy I can't help but think that this was source material for the creators of The Golden Girls The residents of the Claremont aren't particularly nice a bit on the eccentric side and each are dealing with abandonment on some level in various ways Some things are just heartbreaking to read about like the loneliness that results from being forgotten by loved ones being subjected to obligatory visits or losing one's independence in one cruel blink of an eye A lovely lovely book Can't wait to read of her work

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Mrs Palfrey at the ClaremontIcently Mrs Palfrey PDF or eccentric and endlessly curious living off crumbs of affection and snippets of gossip Together upper lips stiffened they fight off their twin enemies boredom 45 A charming little book about ageing and prejudice The relationship between Mrs Palfrey and Ludo who masuerades as her grandson is not as the blurb might suggest some tawdry cougar romance “What a strange friendship we have” is Mrs Palfrey’s better description Taylor’s two main settings – a shabby chic hotel with an enclave of elderly residents and a miserable bedsit where Ludo’s struggling to write a deliberate nod to George Gissing’s New Grub Street – contrast wonderfully Her habit of inserting asides from multiple minor characters reminds me of Jane Austen Overall the tone of gentle regret and enduring good humor lies somewhere between All Passion Spent and The Best Exotic Marigold HotelAs Paul Bailey writes in his introduction to this Virago edition “Taylor’s reports from the chintz bedecked battlefields are of lasting value for the simple reason that they are exuisitely written” I much preferred this to Angel It’s a uick read with an almost fable like simplicity of structure and character but explores old age and life’s disappointments with great tenderness I will read much from this underrated novelist; A Wreath of Roses may tempt me next

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Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont mobi Í Paperback ☆ elizabeth taylor ☆ ❰PDF❯ ✅ Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont Author Elizabeth Taylor – On a rainy Sunday in January the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remAnd the Grim Reaper Then one Palfrey at the PDF #206 day Mrs Palfrey strikes up an unexpected friendship with Ludo a handsome young writer and learns that even the old can fall in lov She would have made a distinguished looking man and sometimes wearing evening dress looked like some famous general in drag This is a merciless exposure of old age amongst a certain class from Mr Osmond's 'Mr Angry' letters to the Telegraph to the touching if uneven friendship which develops between Mrs Palfrey and a rather feckless George Gissing alike young man called Ludo Taylor is excellent on detail and in creating characters who are multidimensional Everyone is flawed Mrs Palfrey herself has a distanced relationship with her daughter and grandson even while she is one of the kinder and balanced of the Claremont group And that group Eccentric pathetic and monstrous all at once they're the kind of people I love reading about but who no one wants to meet in real life Lady Swayne especially brings out Taylor's delicious waspishness Unlike poor little me She was at least five feet ten and with shoulders like a bisonTaylor's writing doesn't perhaps have the literary style of an Elizabeth Bowen but she has a ruthless eye for foibles that can be uite cruel perhaps because of its truthfulness Her description of the Claremont group at a cocktail party thrown by one of their ex members for example is a classic of social awkwardness and embarrassmentWorking on a small and narrow canvas I'd recommend Taylor for fans of Bowen Antonia White Rosamund Lehmann I'm certainly intending to read from her