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  • 252 pages
  • Some Tame Gazelle
  • Barbara Pym
  • English
  • 04 March 2016
  • 9781559212649

10 thoughts on “Some Tame Gazelle

  1. Nicole Nicole says:

    The older I get the seriously I take Barbara Pym Reading this book it strikes me that what she writes is very funny and also very sad Reading this after Cranford brings out parallels as well and some anger anger about how we treat Barbara Pym and her sort of book anger than no one in her books would ever express The women in these books are so easy to dismiss as trivial and obsessed with trivialities is the local church service too high will I be disgraced at the jumble sale is my crush on the vicar too embarrassingly obvious? But are these not genuine concerns for the people that live them? Why is it lyrical and lovely to contemplate once again one's New York neighborhood and yet ridiculous to be literally parochial in small town England? Why is a man's terrible loneliness depicted with muscular internal dialog a moving account of the human struggle and a spinster's timid expressions of the smallness of her life a boring second rate life of no account whatsoever? It is precisely the timidity the modesty the dismissability of Pym's characters that makes them so specifically what they are and a casual reader may find them as easy to miss as Pym's engagement with the men of the EETS in this book Yes all she has to look forward to is a boiled egg alone Yes she may perhaps find herself on the outskirts of the intellectual sphere as she types the manuscripts of her boorish husband Yes she will have knowledge of poetry and get less credit for it than her sister who wears fashionable clothes because she is not so pretty And yes she will never complain because timid spinsters don't complain This is perhaps one of the saddest things I have ever read After all she might make a jumper for herself now that she came to think of it she was certain that she would either that or something else eually safe and dull When we grow older we lack the fine courage of youth and even an ordinary task like making a pullover for somebody we love or used to love seems to dangerous to be undertaken Then Agatha might get to hear of it; that was something else to be considered Her long thin fingers might pick at it critically and detect a mistake in the ribbing at the Vee neck; there was often some difficulty there Agatha was not much of a knitter herself but she would have an unfailing eye for Belinda's little mistakes And then the pullover might be too small or the neck opening too tight so that he wouldn't be able to get his head through it Belinda went hot and cold imagining her humiliation She would have to practice on Harriet whose head was fully as big as the Archdeacon's And yet in a way it would be better if Harriet didn't know about it she might so easily blurt out something Obviously the enterprise was too fraught with dangers to be attempted and Belinda determined to think no about itIs it not at least as tragic as those sparklier wittier properly intellectual women and men that we read with such gusto thinking them properly serious writers? Who among us has not had such silly thoughts and yet experienced exactly this pain? Going through an entire life in this mode is painful indeed a small uiet tragedy one of millions of small uiet tragedies funny when they are noticed at all and likely invisible Pym's depictions of them likewise ignored or dismissed; if she were capable of expressing the problem stridently confidently in terms we would want to hold up as great literary success if she or her characters were capable of a screaming fit a nervous breakdown or even a carefully argued work of literary theory well then the problem that they have wouldn't be this problem any A person who can ask for what she wants without apology is no longer a character in a Barbara Pym novel And so like the spinsters she has such genuine affection for her books are set aside into the stream of minor women's domestic literature even by those most vocal in their defense of women's art Perhaps especially by them I feel like poor Pym and her ladies are caught between the backwards glamor of truly spectacular victimhood none are living through a war or locked in a room as a sex slave and the showiness and frontwards glamor that could make her a flavor of the week And so uietly people assume books like this will always be here ready to lend a helping hand not asking for much in return never complaining keeping their small scale joys and sorrows to themselves Yet not every worthy contribution is dressed up in her high heels for the garden party Some of us are in sensible shoes Those of us who have at one point subscribed to the publications of the Early English Text Society deserve a laugh too In my meaner moments I can't help but think that if this joke had run through a book written by a man he would rewarded with a line by line gloss constructed by an earnest graduate student somewhere and faithfully consulted by the book's cult of future readers Looking Hoccleve up is well worth it as he too has slipped into the lower and forgotten tiers of the canon but does not deserve to be there Lydgate well he may deserve his reputation as a bore Plowman and Bede are in there too Oh is this book written by a woman about women's concerns ALSO like Jane Austen? IS IT? Because my list of books written by women about women's concerns which are all in theory exactly like Jane Austen and which are none of them even a tiny little bit like Jane Austen except insofar as they books written by women about women's concerns is now huge I will be reuiring some sort of secondary criterion to subdivide it I know that it cannot be easy to tell such small literary efforts apart from one another

  2. Paul Paul says:

    35 starsMy first novel by Barbara Pym and this is her first novel published in 1950 but started before the war and the setting feels pre war as well The title comes from a poem by Thomas Haynes Bayly“Some Tame Gazelle or some gentle doveSomething to love oh something to love”The premise is a simple one and the novel is based on Pym and her sister Pym started it in her 20s and imagined herself and her sister in their 50s unmarried and living together Belinda and Harriet Bede are sisters in their early 50s living together in an English village It is worth noting that this novel is very English centering on the Church of England in a rural village and nothing much happens There is plenty of irony and satire and Pym is a very astute observer Both sisters are very much preoccupied with the local Church of England clergy Belinda has loved Archdeacon Hoccleve for many years since they were at college;“Belinda having loved the Archdeacon when she was twenty and not having found anyone to replace him since had naturally got into the habit of loving him though with the years her passion had mellowed into a comfortable feeling like the cosiness of a winter evening by the fire than the uncertain rapture of a spring morning”He married a rather ambitious wife; Belinda doesn’t really like her Harriet is much occupied with the younger clergy who pass through the parish in the role of curate and live in lodgings She cooks and knits for them and invites them for dinner and afternoon tea When the Archdeacon’s wife goes on holiday other visitors including a librarian and an overseas bishop come to visit and provide some minor disruption to the smooth running of village life Both sisters get proposals of marriage during the book Harriet receives an annual proposal from an Italian Count who lives in the village Pym has a way of showing the reader what is going on under the surface at times as with this conversation with the Count after another proposal is turned down when Belinda says'' 'mustn't lose hope I know she is fond of you and even if she will not love you always remember' her eyes lighted on the works of Alfred Lord Tennyson 'that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all I always think those lines are such a great comfort; so many of us have loved and lost' She frowned nobody wanted to be one of many and she did not like this picture of herself only one of a great crowd of dreary women Perhaps Tennyson was rather hackneyed after all''There is no action but a great deal of observation; it feels a bit like Miss Marple without the murdersPoverty and the working classes make no real appearance and the servants are fairly anonymous The bishop who visits has a diocese in Africa and Pym dissects the Church’s attitudes to mission and the inherent racism masuerading as charitable concern It must also be said that the male characters are also pretty grim and it is no surprise that there are so many unmarried womenAs a comedy of manners and a satire on middle class English village life in the early twentieth century it works uite well

  3. Mary Ronan Drew Mary Ronan Drew says:

    Rereading Barbara Pym periodically is enlightening When I first encountered her books I thought they were somewhat amusing but not in the least profound As I grow older I recognize how perceptive her depiction is of unmarried middle aged women whose lives have constricted to the daily round and the common task with its small pleasures and painsPym was born in 1913 and was 37 when Some Tame Gazelle was published in 1950 but she showed a remarkable sensitivity to women in their 50s spinsters “old maids” and in this as in many of her books the “odd women” those whose men the men they would have married were killed in the First World War Later in her life Pym and her sister lived together in a cottage in a small village as the sisters Belinda and Harriet Bede do in this novelThe title comes from an obscure early 19th century poet Thomas Haynes BaylySome tame gazelle or some gentle doveSomething to love oh something to love Belinda through whose eyes we see most of the story uotes this couplet understanding that her sister’s doting on a series of young curates and her own holding fast for 25 years to her love of Archdeacon Hoccleve demonstrate this need to love someone somethingThe plot is simple The archdeacon’s wife Agatha goes on vacation to a German spa without her husband in what is clearly an attempt to get away from the self centered lazy and uncaring cleric He uses this time to remind Belinda that they were once in love and that perhaps he made the wrong choice in marrying Agatha something that is on Belinda’s mind at all times and which coming from the archdeacon pleases her but makes her uncomfortableSome old friends visit the archdeacon and one of them proposes to Harriet but is spurned Then Agatha returns bringing with her the Bishop of Mbawawa who in his youth was one of the first of Harriet’s coddled curates Belinda expects him too to propose to Harriet and fears that Harriet will accept But Belinda is in for a surprise Though the book ends with two marriages they are presented with humor and not a little irony rather than satisfaction Pym does not provide traditionally happy endings2011 No 55 Coming soon Lady’s Maid by Margaret Forster

  4. Jane Jane says:

    In the middle of the 1930s not long after she came down from Oxford the young Barbara Pym wrote her first novel She borrowed a title from Thomas Haynes Bayley Some tame gazelle or some gentle doveSomething to love oh something to love Its significance wasn’t clear to me at first but as I read understoodAnd then Barbara Pym imagined how she and her sister might be thirty years in the future She creates that world perfect in every detail a future built on the world she knew that would never come because war changed everythingHarriet and Belinda Bede lived together in a village in the English countryside they living uietly serving their church knitting industriously reading studiously and making sure that they got the small details of life right uestions of how one should dress of what should be served at dinner of how guests should be entertainedSmall things but important things that fill up lives Barbara Pym understood that and she painted the picture beautifully taking it seriously but still able to smile at sillinessesSome Tame GazelleHarriet and Belinda were uite different living overlapping rather than united lives Harriet was plump and sociable fussing over young curates planning supper parties and fending off marriage proposals from neighbour Ricardo Bianco Belinda was softer and meeker involved with her friends and neighbours and uietly wordlessly loving the married archdeaconIt was lovely just to watch their world so beautifully observed and to realise that the sisters Bede were not unhappy with their lives They were women of independent means who had lived loved and had chosen to remain independentThough of course it’s not uite that simple There are lost dreams faded hopes loneliness and sometimes it is easier to love from a distance to play a role than to make a real commitmentI was so happy just watching everyday life that I was a little disappointed when the main plot arrived and the focus shifted slightlyThe archdeacon’s wife was called away and first a visiting librarian and then a visiting bishop upset the balance of village life with some very interesting conseuencesThere were some wonderful moments there was just a hint of contrivance of a cast having been assembledEach sister received an unexpected marriage proposal and each sister turned it down They knew that those offers came not from love or desire but from a wish to be looked after and supported And they preferred to support each other to live together to continue the life they knewThe right end to a wonderful debut I can’t say it’s her finest work but to do so much so well at such a young age is remarkable And now I have great expectations of the other books I have lined up to read and re read in Barbara Pym’s centenary year

  5. Britta Böhler Britta Böhler says:

    Charming with a delightful ‘bite’

  6. Barbara Barbara says:

    I was recently moved to revisit Barbara Pym as an antidote I think to the chaos of our world and the intensity of many of the books I'd been reading Pym's novels of which this written in 1950 is the first typically focus on the uiet lives of unmarried women living in villages in rural or suburban England Not a lot happens in these books; the characters tend not to have exotic temperaments Their social interactions often involve local clergymen in a most proper way of course So what is the attraction? The subdued but always graceful prose is filled with ironic observations on the relationships among the residents of the women's villages and most acutely the relationships between men and women Although the protagonists often struggle with feelings of unreuited love as in this book they also realize that life without a husband is uite comfortable and acceptable The men so often have clay feet to accompany their large egos Pym isn't a feminist but her female characters do have a decided though unremarkable strengthBoth of the middle aged sisters in this book receive sometimes surprising offers of marriage all of which are rejected They don't need marriage just to say they have a husband It is interesting to contrast the circumstances of Pym's women who all seem to have independent means as compare with women of today who may not need a man but do need a job I came away from Some Tame Gazelle soothed and I will need to remember the Pym solution when my soul again needs a balm

  7. Ellie Ellie says:

    I first read Barbara Pym 30 years ago I devoured all her works But over time I'd forgotten exactly how much and why I loved herThe phrase some tame gazelle is uoted at the beginning of the book It refers to having some any in fact object for one's love We all need something or someone to love It's a deep part of being humanBelinda and Harriet Bede are two middle aged spinsters not a word one hears much any who live in a small English village They are active in the local church Since her college years Belinda has been in love with the man who is now the archdeacon of her church Harriet has an Italian suitor who proposes marriage to her every few months Both women are happy in their lives despite occasional bouts of wistfulness Harriet occupies herself with caring for the new curates that come to their church and Belinda gardensThe book is not just a gentle bucolic tale The story is told through Belinda's perspective although in the third person and the village is revealed to consist of people as full of their dreams and hopes and bitternesses as people are any and everywhere Beneath their churchy exteriors there is much commentary passed on the lives of those around themAnd the commentary is often hilarious and bitingI find Pym excruciatingly funny The gentle barbs that spring to Belinda's mind are rendered even amusing by her self deprecating style She is meek but she is not mild Even the man she loves is not spared her judgmentsPym is one of the funniest writers I've read I now want to read her entire work

  8. Russell Russell says:

    A Barbara Pym novel for me is the greatest of guilty pleasures Though this is not my favorite of her novels it was a wonderful reminder of all the reasons that I adore her The story of two spinster sisters in a tiny township in England where the most exciting news is the arrival of a new curate for the church should not be page turning reading But I will tell you that no one is better at developing the simple lives of wonderfully complex people like Barbara Pym I hesitate to compare her to Jane Austen as all critics do but both of them have a way of making every day life seem so enthrallingThe lives of Harriet and Belinda may not excite many Tea and Church tend to dictate almost all decisions But I find that in this simple life one can best see the complexity that surround each decision we make Can a spinster every hope of getting married? Is a life wasted when pining for a man you could have had but didn't and is now married and living next door? Is being a mother hen a good way for one to go through life or just a waste of time?I left this novel with a sadness as neither woman seems to get what I wanted for them But also with a hope that there are many in the world that always desire change in their life but can be actually very content with what they have even if it is not perfect

  9. Laurel Hicks Laurel Hicks says:

    I really enjoy Barbara Pym's uiet peppery humor I wish she were better known I thoroughly approve of the way this book ends

  10. Bibliophile Bibliophile says:

    Barbara Pym started writing this her first novel in her twenties Basing the characters on herself and her sister and friends she placed them middle aged in a parochial setting in the countryside Sisters Belinda Pym and Harriet Pym's sister Hilary are confirmed spinsters sharing a house and a life filled with gardening church activities and endless speculation about other people's comings and goings Belinda carries a torch for the Archdeacon who is unhappily married to prickly Agatha while Harriet regularly turns down proposals from a sweet Italian count Agatha's departure to a German spa and the arrival of a famous librarian back then famous librarians walked the earth and a bishop from Africa shake things up There is so much for Belinda to worry about her inappropriate attachment to the Archdeacon who is as arrogant as real life Henry the risk of Harriet being lured into marriage by one of the many suitors skulking about the proper lunch for the visiting seamstress lesson learnt if the cauliflower served contains a huge caterpillar the guest may be compensated with a boiled egg A delightful funny sharp and thoroughly entertaining comedy I am in awe of this woman She wrote most of this in her early twenties and already possessed so much wit smarts and knowledge of human nature Her satirical eye gently observes the peculiarities of her fellow men Here the bishop shares his African experience with the parishioners singing and playing native instruments 'Imagine yourselves taking part in a Mbawawa wedding''I do not feel myself eual to that' whispered Edith to Belinda 'Death would have been a better choice or even birth' The voice of the Bishop rang out through the hall in song Many handkerchiefs were taken out hastily especially among the younger members of the audience for the noise which filled the hall was uite unexpected Even Belinda who had heard the Bishop sing as a curate was a little unprepared And yet perhaps the Mbawawa did have voices like that and it was wrong to feel one wanted to laughAfter this ordeal it is time for the next instrument the characteristic HmwoEveryone looked with interest at the curiously shaped object which had had now appeared on the screen It was certainly a very peculiar shape and there was giggling from the back of the hall It could hardly be what it seemed to be thought Belinda doubtfully though one knew that among primitive peoples one might find almost anything The anthropologist who went among them must go with an open mind The Bishop turned towards the screen and prodded it uncertainly Then he advanced toward the edge of the platform and said in a loud clear voice 'I think that slide is upside down'Ah the British

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Some Tame Gazelle[PDF] ❤ Some Tame Gazelle Author Barbara Pym – Barbara Pym is a master at capturing the subtle mayhem that takes place in the apparent uiet of the English countryside Fifty something sisters Harriet and Belinda Bede live a comfortable settled exis Barbara Pym is a master at capturing the subtle mayhem that takes place in the apparent uiet of the English countryside Fifty something sisters Some Tame ePUB í Harriet and Belinda Bede live a comfortable settled existence Belinda the uieter of the pair has for years been secretly in love with the town's pompous and married archdeacon whose odd sermons leave members of his flock in muddled confusion Harriet meanwhile a bubbly extrovert fends off proposal after proposal of marriage The arrival of Mr Mold and Bishop Grote disturb the peace of the village and leave the sisters wondering if they'll ever return to the order of their daily routines Some Tame Gazelle first published in Britain nearly years ago was the first of Pym's nine novels.

About the Author: Barbara Pym

After studying English at St Hilda's College Oxford Barbara Pym served in the Women's Royal Naval Service during World War II From to Some Tame ePUB í she published novels but her th was declined by the publisher due to a change in the reading public's tastesThe turning point for Pym came with a famous article in the Times Literary Supplement in which two prominent names Lord David Cecil a.