Darling: A razor-sharp, gloriously funny retelling of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love

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Darling: A razor-sharp, gloriously funny retelling of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love

Darling: A razor-sharp, gloriously funny retelling of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love

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But Darling is a treat , with whip-smart dialogue , larger-than- life characters , witty observations and a heart-breaking twist . Linda Radlett lives with her siblings, Louisa, Jassy and Robin, and their parents, Matthew and Sadie, on a vast Norfolk estate. If you can accept that, it’s perfectly fun to get swept along with Linda and her numerous beaus and enterprises, and to lean into the naughty, off-kilter humour that Knight is so good at. Read more about the condition Very Good: A book that has been read and does not look new, but is in excellent condition. a recruitment officer representing four Russell Group universities asked an undercover reporter for the Sunday Times.

Mitford never wrote a really good marriage (Fanny’s husband, in Pursuit and sequels, is the very definition of a nonentity), and it’s tempting to wonder whether she ever could. In a place she had determined to forget forever, both anticipated encounters and unanticipated revelations show her, and us, that sometimes life is neither fate nor chance: perhaps it’s nothing more than a little luck.

Perhaps this is why she remains a heroine for all ages: there is an innocence about her, even as she abandons a child and, here, dabbles in drugs. This is the difficult question when considering a retelling of a book that feels as fresh and alive as Mitford’s 1945 classic.

The book starts with the kids growing up in rural Norfolk – with the occasional trip to Cromer for the children’s excitement. It’s easy to dismiss the domestic, but if home is where the heart is, the heart is where all humanity happens. Tony is still a very dull banker, Christian is a poet and Fabrice owns a few boutique hotels in Paris. It's beautifully and meticulously done, echoing the detail of the original plot as far as feasible, but with contemporary twists . Their parents are global rock icon Matthew and former private chef Sadie, who herself is the daughter of an Indian diplomat and an English debutante.Knight manages to be faithful to that beloved comfort read whilst updating the setting and characters to the present (albeit still in a bohemian-aristo thoroughly English way). Linda’s strict, former rock star father terrifies any potential suitors away, while her bohemian mother, wafting around in silver jewellery, answers Linda’s urgent questions about love with upsettingly vivid allusions to animal husbandry. I thought the original might be coming out of copyright next year, when it’s 50 years since Nancy died, but apparently it’s 70 years after her death when it expires so it’s not for that reason. Like the modernised versions of Jane Austen’s canon before it, Darling has to stretch itself a bit to fit anything resembling contemporary reality, and in failing to do so in any meaningful way ends up becoming somewhat dream-like and fantastical in places. Linda remains “soft-shelled as well as soft-hearted, with an overabundance of trusting optimism and friendliness”.



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