Less Than Angels

Less Than Angels

by Barbara Pym

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Less Than Angels: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read but read the author's "Excellent Women" first. ~*~LEB~*~
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My impression of the first 50 pages of Less Than Angels was that it's plot was very slow-moving, like a wide river with almost no perceptible action. Indeed, the first 50 pages are the reader's surface introduction to at least fifteen different characters and the very beginnings of a plot. Less Than Angels is a community of contrasts. Professors of Anthropology mingle with fledgling students. The aged and retired cast a skeptical eye on the young and impulsive. Frenchmen stand baffled by the British. At the center of the story is Tom Mallow, a distinguished yet vain anthropologist caught between a relationship with a sophisticated older journalist and a younger wide-eyed student. This is an excellent study of English culture (lots of tea-times and interesting meals) along with the typical social graces and faux pas.