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Some Tame Gazelle

Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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It was odd that Harriet should always have been so fond of curates. They were so immature and always made the same kind of conversation. Now the Archdeacon was altogether different...'Together yet alone, the Misses Bede occupy the central crossroads of parish life. Harriet, plump, elegant and jolly, likes nothing better than to make a fuss of new curates, secure in the knowledge that elderly Italian Count Ricardo Bianco will propose to her yet again this year.

Belinda, meanwhile has harboured sober feelings of devotion towards Archdeacon Hochleve for thirty years. Then into their quiet, comfortable lives comes a famous librarian, Nathaniel Mold, and a bishop from Africa, Theodore Grote - who each take to calling on the sisters for rather more unsettling reasons.

©1950 Barbara Pym (P)2012 Magna

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An early novel by the highly gifted Barbara Pym

This is an early work by BP but most of the elements of her later, more masterly, work are here. The village setting with some genteel women and a few churchmen and their joys and limitations, their hopes and disappointments. However, if you are interested and would like to listen to a Pym novel, I suggest one of her later works available on Audio to begin with (perhaps -- A Glass of Blessings), then come back to this one. I hope that eventually Audible will commission recordings of all her works, there are about a dozen novels.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-09-2019

A world of its own, and I don't care to share

calm, poised, funny, well observed, poignant, charming, witty, silly, knitted, and very mildly feminist. perfect

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  • Shirley
  • 14-08-2014

A charming reassuring tale of normality.

Where does Some Tame Gazelle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love barbara pym and am downloading all her books. I have read them all many times
but having the audio books saves the weird glasses indentation on my nose every morning!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Some Tame Gazelle?

Oh, I love the village fete and the marrow angst.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

all of them equally.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laugh out loud and snigger into my night time camomile.

Any additional comments?

I am a complete convert to audio books...hooray for them, my life is enhanced no end...

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  • Seagull
  • 06-01-2014

Even better when read aloud!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've loved this book for years. Hearing it read aloud gave me a new appreciation of all the humour and the little details and nuances which sometimes don't get picked up when read for oneself.

What did you like best about this story?

Don't look for an exciting plot line - there isn't one. Instead it's just a magnificent portrait of life in a small English village in the 1950s. Pym's first published work, this was written when she was comparatively young, and imagining herself, her sister and friends as much older incarnations of themselves. The result is a wonderfully funny and sometimes unexpectedly touching picture of how she thought they might all turn out one day. It's a joy.

Which character – as performed by Patience Tomlinson – was your favourite?

All characters are well written, and I was so pleased that Patience Tomlinson does them full justice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-2019

Ecclesiatical goings on

Dear Barbara Pym is a latter day Jane Austen. I just love these stories of the parsonical life. I grew up in the confined world snd knew people just as her characters are. It is such a pity that her output was not larger.

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  • AReader
  • 04-02-2015

It's not about the story...

It's about the behaviour of the characters. Deliciously observant, delicately ironic, nicely read. If you enjoy Mapp and Lucia and if you love Somerset Maugham for his lack of illusions, this is for you. (If you require action and excitement, it's not). A wonderfully enjoyable listen which is hardly dated at all, because it is about people who are very believable.

Despite the headline I am giving the story two stars, as I don't want to drag the rating down.