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The Horror of Love book. Nancy Mitford immortalised Gaston as Fabrice de Sauveterre in "The Pursuit of Love" and, for twenty nine years, their relationship was the most significant in both of their lives.

The Horror of Love book. This excellent and interesting book This is not a usual biography - it is the biography of a love affair between Gaston Palewski and Nancy Mitford. Gaston Palewski's family were originally from Poland, but he moved to France with an uncle after his father died. After that, he had a deep and emotional loyalty to France.

Worthwhile reading for lovers of historical romance and the ever-engrossing Mitfords. Lisa Hilton is the critically acclaimed author of Queens Consort and Athenais: The Life of Louis XIV's Mistress, the Real Queen of France.

Lisa Hilton's avowed aim is "to reconfigure the role of Gaston Palewski in Nancy Mitford's life". Nancy, born in 1904, was the oldest child of Lord and Lady Redesdale and the most talented, writing acclaimed novels and historical biographies. Hilton is at pains to distance herself from Nancy's previous biographers who viewed her as the victim of a hopeless passion; and while some readers may find it hard to accept Hilton's revisionist conclusion that the "discipline, tenderness and gentilesse of their relationship exposes the limitations of many modern sexual mores", women of a generation closer to Nancy's will understand.

The Horror of Love (2011) tells the story of famous English novelist and socialite Nancy Mitford's relationship with Gaston Palewski. In contrast to most biographers of Mitford, Hilton believes this relation is crucial to understanding Nancy

The Horror of Love (2011) tells the story of famous English novelist and socialite Nancy Mitford's relationship with Gaston Palewski. In contrast to most biographers of Mitford, Hilton believes this relation is crucial to understanding Nancy. The Evening Standard found the style pedestrian but otherwise the book was "well-paced and informative". The Independent praised its charm in bringing Mitford's world to life. The Daily Express found it a good story, despite several minor errors.

Was Gaston Palewski’s love for Nancy Mitford anything more than a. .Jane Shilling remains unswayed by Lisa Hilton's The Horror of Love

Was Gaston Palewski’s love for Nancy Mitford anything more than a wartime romance? Jane Shilling remains unswayed by Lisa Hilton's The Horror of Love. es: This, ladies and gentlemen, is the queen of mystery Agatha Christie! While most people know her as an older woman who wrote tons of amazing detective novels, she was quite.

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The dramatic love story of two extraordinary individuals-Nancy Mitford and free French commander Gaston Palewski-living in extraordinary times

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. The dramatic love story of two extraordinary individuals-Nancy Mitford and free French commander Gaston Palewski-living in extraordinary times. Oh, the horror of love! Nancy Mitford once exclaimed to her sister Diana Mosley. Elegant and intelligent, Nancy was a reknowned wit and a popular author. Yet this bright, waspish woman gave her heart to a well-known philanderer who went on to marry another woman.

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For the progress of the Free French, Jean Lacouture and Jonathan Fenby give more thorough histories than are presented here. Other author's books: The Horror of Love.

Book Description Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 2011.

Published by Orion Publishing Co. ISBN 10: 0297859609 ISBN 13: 9780297859604. Nancy Mitford and the Free French commander Gaston Palewski conducted a love affair during and after the Second World War. He was her model for the gorgeous Fabrice, Duc de Sauveterre in The Pursuit of Love, and the great love of her life. The author charms us with her provocative book about the affair. I particularly liked a line of hers on page 137: 'Maybe gourmandes can be bad at sex, but women who don't like food are never good at i. Book Description Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 2011.

'I've given up everything - my friends, my family, my country, & he simply roared with laughter, and then of course so did I' - Nancy Mitford THE HORROR OF LOVE is a story about two people - Nancy Mitford and the Free French commander Gaston Palewski - who conducted a less than ideal love affair in post-war France. She was one of the twentieth century's most glamorous and popular authors, he was one of the most significant European politicians of the period. He inspired and encouraged her to write one of the funniest, most painfully poignant and best-loved novels of its time, The Pursuit of Love, and she supported him through a tumultuous political career. Their mutual life was spent amongst some of the most exciting, powerful and controversial figures of their times in the reawakening centre of European civilisation. By modern standards, their relationship was sometimes a disaster - "Oh, the horror of love!" once exclaimed Nancy to her sister, Diana Mosley. But the result is Lisa Hilton's provocative, emotionally challenging book about a very different way of conducting an affair of the heart. With discipline, gentleness and a great deal of elegance, Nancy Mitford and Gaston Palewski achieved a very adult ideal, whose story will test the reader as much as it charms. A feast for Mitford fans, THE HORROR OF LOVE will generate a fascinating debate about how far we all might go in pursuit of love.

Horror of Love is a unique, fascinating addition to the Mitford cannon of books. It covers, in depth, some of the most interesting times and aspects of Nancy's life, like her early love relationships, her involvement in helping victims of the Spanish civil war, her experiences in London during WWII and her life afterward in France. There is a lot more background on wartime and post-war Europe than I've seen in other Mitford books, and it's packed with intriguing information about Gaston Palewski, Nancy's longtime love, including his political beliefs, his relationship to Charles De Gaulle, his wartime activities, his post-war government career, his flirtations with other women and his eventual marriage--not to Nancy--which wasn't the ideal match that he must have hoped it would be.

Gaston might have been better off marrying Nancy, with whom he remained close until her death, but author Lisa Hilton makes a strong case that while Nancy had hoped Gaston would marry her, the love she felt for Gaston and pleasure she took in his company and their romance was valid and clear-eyed, not deluded or pitiable, a viewpoint that differs somewhat from other of Nancy's biographers. Another difference is Hilton sees no hypocrisy in Nancy's denunciation of Diana to British authorities, which as it turns out wasn't what lead to Diana's horrific incarceration during the war anyway, that was the work of Diana's ex-father-in-law. As Hilton sees it, Nancy had good reason to wonder what Diana was up to in her many prewar visits to Germany, and Nancy did her patriotic duty to tell authorities about her doubts when they asked. While Diana was incarcerated Nancy then did her sisterly duty by supporting her everyway she could. Diana and Nancy were close for the rest of Nancy's life, and it wasn't until after her death that Diana found out what Nancy had done.

In general, Lisa Hilton takes Nancy refreshingly seriously, and without blindly agreeing with all of Nancy's opinions Hilton respects Nancy as an astute observer of culture and an intelligent and insightful writer., Nancy's wit, determination to laugh, and refusal to dwell on ugliness are celebrated and showcased in Horror of Love. That, and Hilton's fresh and somewhat controversial evaluation of Nancy's life make Horror of Love worth reading for anyone interested in the Mitford family.
Fills in some of the questions any Mitford fan or scholar might have about this crucial part of her life.
Efficient ordering., delivered in a timely manner, and I loved the book Thanks
I was excited to see another book about the Mitfords but was quite disappointed in this one. The writing was "plodding". On and on about Pawlewski and de Galle, never quite knowing what Pawlewski's position was in the government. All the seriousness of the war and France's part in it interspersed with gay little vignettes about Nancy and Gaston. All I can say is, where was the editor? It definitely needed someone to pull it into shape. Mary Lovell's book was far superior to this one.
This promised to be yet another romp through the life and times of one of the infamous Mitford sisters. I found it tedious, bogging down in back stories of Gaston Palewski. Too much early Palewski; not enough Mitford for my taste. It WAS interesting to read the back stories and perceived meanings of Nancy Mitford's various novels.
This book has plenty of information for Mitford fans. Many of her characters are based on her friends, acquaintances and her lover Gaston against a background of WWI, pre, post and during the conflict.
As I have not read her books, I found it to be only slightly interesting.
"The Horror of Love" is a good addition to the Mitford canon. There is very little that is new about Nancy's struggles--personal, financial, romantic or gynecological. The introductory chapters do a brisk but thorough account of Mitford's early years, which are well documented in Mary Lovell's masterwork "The Sisters" and various volumes of Nancy's correspondence. The detail devoted to Palewski's career is fascinating. For many years, readers have been offered little about him that is not couched in "Duc de Sauveterre" fictions. His role during and post-WWII was crucial to the success of the Free French, and essential to DeGaulle's eventual assumption of power. He was clearly a man of formidable intelligence and political skill. His resume as a serial pouncer/adulterer no longer reads with charm, but as pretty creepy, frankly.

Hilton does a credible job of presenting both protagonists warts and all, and what a lot of warts both had! The descriptions of Palewski's appearance and traffic-stopping halitosis were especially frank. The author also takes the usual descriptions of Nancy's "talent to annoy" one step further, and details the viciousness, bitterness, and cruelty of which she was not only capable, but seemingly proud. I suspect that many of her famous prejudices (children, Americans, and her insistence that the two are interchangeable) may have started off as a tease, but later in her life, became ingrained and rather ugly.

Nancy Mitford's novels are wonderful romps, delightful to read, frothy and not particularly substantial. (Which doesn't mean I don't love them!) Her non-fiction works, particularly her biography of Mme. de Pompadour, are scrupulously researched and beautifully written. As a self-supporting woman of a certain kind of independence, she was ahead of her time. However, I am not convinced by Hilton's arguments that the relationship Nancy and Gaston achieved was a very adult ideal. Mitford was very badly hurt and humiliated by the 3 significant men in her life: Hamish St Clair-Erskine, Peter Rodd, and Palewski. But her class did not engage in whingeing or making scenes. So non-U. Denial was a critical element of her makeup, and perhaps is what enabled her to go on.

What I came away with is that neither was a particularly nice person. Charming, lucky, elegant, cultured, to be sure. But not nice. Not that it matters. Other biographers have painted a more sympathetic portrait, and I find the less varnished truth of this one refreshing.

HOWEVER, what is NOT refreshing is the clunk, clunk, clunk of Hilton's prose. Her attempts at arch throw-aways are excrutiating. Other readers have complained about Hilton's affectation for including quotes from letters or conversations in the original French without footnoted translation; my French is not horrible, but I did find myself with a dictionary at the ready. It just seems like a.- a poor editorial choice; or b.- a putdown of any readers without French. And please, please, please: a prize to anybody who can tease out the meaning of this gem on p. 135:

"....Tom Moseley once remarked 'poor brute' when Nancy teased Gaston after a hard day's work. Presumably he cared for women who were better at being gazed on (Diana was not, and she minded)."

In the immortal editing notes of Harold Ross, "who he?"

I was also disappointed in the photo pages: a picture of "the New Look," but not with Nancy in it; a photo of Churchill and DeGaulle with the caption, "Nancy was a Gaullist even before she met Gaston;" generic pictures of Venice and Versailles.

You can read it in a day or two, and if you are a Mitford addict--as I am--it is an enjoyable read without a lot of insight or new information.