Monday, March 12, 2012
By Barbara Pym
Set in the years just before World War II, Crampton Hodnet is the story of a small group of people living in Oxford and centering mainly on two houses, that of Miss Doggett and her companion Miss Morrow, and that of Francis Cleveland, an Oxford don.
Miss Doggett welcomes a lodger into her home, an unmarried curate, Mr. Latimer, who soon begins to fancy Miss Morrow as a prospective wife. Meanwhile, in the Cleveland home, Francis has become enamored of one of his female students, while his daughter is falling for a member of the titled class, the son of Sir Lyall Beddoes, and as such a most eligible suitor for the lovely Anthea.
This was an enjoyable novel, a light and amusing look at life in a different time not that long ago. Although the story didn't turn out the way I would have liked, still it was entertaining and fun and well worth reading.