Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont On a rainy Sunday in January the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days Her fellow residents are magnificently eccentric and endlessly cur

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On a rainy Sunday in January, the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days Her fellow residents are magnificently eccentric and endlessly curious, living off crumbs of affection and snippets of gossip Together, upper lips stiffened, they fight off their twin enemies boredom and the Grim Reaper Then one day Mrs.On a rainy Sunday in January, the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days Her fellow residents are magnificently eccentric and endlessly curious, living off crumbs of affection and snippets of gossip Together, upper lips stiffened, they fight off their twin enemies boredom and the Grim Reaper Then one day Mrs Palfrey strikes up an unexpected friendship with Ludo, a handsome young writer, and learns that even the old can fall in love.
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  • Marita says:

    "‘But we aren’t allowed to die here.’"Old Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Clairmont Hotel as a long-term resident. Days stretch out endlessly as the elderly residents anticipate the main event of the day: dinner. Ghastly as the meals may be, the residents look forward to hovering around the menu that has been posted on the wall in advance, and later they dress in their finery for the big event. Their world has shrunk into one of petty gossip, complaints and fretting about minor issues. Mrs Arbu [...]

  • ·Karen· says:

    Re-read in January 2016 It hasn't lost any of its shine.It was this author's inevitable fate to be known as the other Elizabeth Taylor, especially as her first novel appeared a year after the twelve year old star of National Velvet blanketed all associations with the name. In this review of Nicola Beauman's biography we're told of one blossoming of confusion:Elizabeth Taylor the novelist occasionally received fan letters intended for her more famous namesake. "Men write to me and ask for a pictu [...]

  • Hugh says:

    Elizabeth Taylor is another writer who was virtually unknown to me, but was brought to my attention by The Mookse and the Gripes group. This is a very entertaining book, but ultimately quite a poignant one.Mrs Palfrey is a widow who has chosen to spend her retirement in a London hotel which is populated by similar lonely old people. She has talked about her grandson in her early days of her stay there, but it becomes clear he is not interested in visiting her. When a struggling young writer help [...]

  • Eve says:

    "It was hard work being old. It was like being a baby, in reverse. Every day for an infant means some new little thing learned; every day for the old means some little thing lost. Names slip away, dates mean nothing, sequences become muddled, and faces blurred. Both infancy and age are tiring times."I really enjoyed this book! I realize now that I didn't intend to introduce myself to Elizabeth Taylor's work by starting with her penultimate book, but it was such a joy to read nonetheless, and as [...]

  • Teresa says:

    Taylor has penned an acerbic end-of-life tale—uncomfortable and real—in which one’s family doesn’t care much what happens once one is parked at a 'last' (maybe) destination. Friends who do care, care mostly for secret or selfish reasons, and include a young man who literally picks up a character off the street. His novel-writing and how he accumulates his source material had me wondering if he was an alter-ego for the author.No one escapes Taylor’s dark humor, though each character’s [...]

  • Paul Bryant says:

    Old middle-class people mouldering away bleakly in a London residential hotel around 1968 (nice Beatles reference, Union Jack carrier bags and political demonstrations on the telly every night). It’s a black comedy which it has to be otherwise you would slit your wrists. The reader will have a suppressed grim smile throughout which may widen at times but no lols. Author is merciless about the horrors of geriatric society, for which all medical advances are preparing us. Two curious things : on [...]

  • Rebecca Foster says:

    (4.5) A charming little book about ageing and prejudice. The relationship between Mrs. Palfrey and Ludo, who masquerades as her grandson, is not, as the blurb might suggest, some tawdry cougar romance. “What a strange friendship we have” is Mrs. Palfrey’s better description. Taylor’s two main settings – a shabby-chic hotel with an enclave of elderly residents, and a miserable bedsit where Ludo’s struggling to write (a deliberate nod to George Gissing’s New Grub Street) – contrast [...]

  • Doug H says:

    “It was hard work being old. It was like being a baby, in reverse. Every day for an infant means some new little thing learned; every day for the old means some little thing lost. Names slip away, dates mean nothing, sequences become muddled, and faces blurred. Both infancy and age are tiring times.”That is all.

  • Alex says:

    Elizabeth "No, the other one" Taylor's Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont is about old people doomed to die alone because their relatives don't love them, so it's basically more harrowing than Blood Meridian. What I was really blown away by was Taylor's unsentimental empathy for her characters. She doesn't sugarcoat their loneliness and pain, but she doesn't wallow in it Père Goriot-style either. She neither condemns nor excuses their snobbery and petty gossip; she just lays it out. When one charact [...]

  • Cheryl says:

    This was a lovely story, beautifully constructed and self-contained. It would be a great play. It is a touching and thoughtful look at aging, loneliness, and community, with a colourful cast of often sharp-tongued characters. A bit of trivia: p71, the mother of Mrs Palfrey's friend says "But every great actor started that way. I'm sure Sir Laurence did his stint." The real-life widow of Sir Laurence, Joan Plowright, plays Mrs Palfrey in the movie.

  • Ali says:

    “Mrs Palfrey first came to the Claremont Hotel on a Sunday afternoon in January. Rain had closed in over London, and her taxi sloshed along the almost deserted Cromwell Road, past one cavernous porch after another, the driver going slowly and poking his head out into the wet, for the hotel was not known to him. This discovery, that he did not know had a little disconcerted Mrs Palfrey, for she did know it either, and began to wonder what she was coming to. She tried to banish terror from her h [...]

  • Bettie☯ says:

    Karen gave the initial recco, and now I see Cheryl has added it too. Neat!Introduced by Paul baileyOpening: Mrs Palfrey first came to the Claremont Hotel on a Sunday afternoon in January.4* Dangerous Calm4* Mrs Palfrey at the ClaremontKaren 5*Cheryl 4*Libbeth 4*Deanne 3*

  • Jana says:

    This is my first Elizabeth Taylor, though I've had View of the Harbour gathering dust on my shelf for ages. But thanks to Jen's postal book pick we have now been introduced. I should like the acquaintance to continue.But first, Mrs. Palfrey: As a middle-aged human, this glimpse into the next age category is rather daunting. And interestingly, the author did not live to see old age. But along with the sad/bleak layer, there is a lot of wonderful, understated humour. Her characters are drawn so cl [...]

  • Joanna says:

    Quite a restrained little book, this is. Brilliantly couching an intense "seize the day" message within its somber story of lost happiness, wistfulness, and bitter regret. Nearly all of the action takes place in the constrained environment of a somewhat down at the heels hotel that houses long term elderly residents. All of the residents live there because they feel that there is no other place to go, and they all resent this fact. They are not aging gracefully, these people. They are simply agi [...]

  • Mmars says:

    This is a British tragic-comedy of errors, set in a “Hotel”, concerning a small group of long-stay elderly residents. The protagonist, Mrs. Palfrey finds little to like in the residents, the hotel, or her life. But dignified lady that she believes she is, she attempts to keep her chin up and cover her loneliness. As luck would have it, she falls one day while out walking and a young man, Ludo, comes to her rescue. A highly unlikely friendship ensues and because Mrs. Palfrey’s grandson, the [...]

  • Annika says:

    Cruising through the South Pasadena library stacks in 2001 I stumbled across some stories by Elizabeth Taylort the American Lize British one. She's a modern (1950's modern, that is) Jane Austin. I devoured these accidentally found gems and "Mrs. Palfrey" was my favorite. The latest checkout date stamped in the book was somewhere in the 1980's and I felt buried treasure had been unearthed for me. I was floored when in December 2005 I saw "Mrs. Palfrey" on Laemmle's marquee with Dame Joan Plowrigh [...]

  • Jae says:

    I'm so glad I read Karen's review of this one, otherwise I might not have picked it up. I found it to be a sensitive and deeply poignant story, as well as being wickedly funny. It's also the first Elizabeth Taylor book I've read and I'll definitely be on the look-out for more of her work.

  • K.E. Coles says:

    Absolutely loved every sentence of this book. It's witty, insightful, poignant and a true masterclass in characterisation. Despite the fact that it's (mostly) about elderly people, and there's no gruesome murder, or psycho baddy, not for one second was I bored (and I'm VERY easily bored). The writing's so wonderful, the characters written with such understanding, compassion and humour, the observations so acute, it doesn't need a dramatic car chase or helicopter crash. Fantastic book. Highly rec [...]

  • Joy H. says:

    Added 7/10/12.I haven't read this book but I watched the film adapted from the book. I streamed it from Netflix. It was great! I love Joan Plowright!moviesflix/WiMovie/Mrsdb/title/tt0421229/"All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement hotel, an elderly woman strikes up a curious friendship with a young writer."Rupert Friend was perfect as Joan Plowright's co-star!Joan Plowright: /name/nm0687506/Rupert Friend: /name/nm1670029/I shall look for more books by this author, Elizabeth Taylor [...]

  • Karen says:

    The owners of care homes and residential homes for elderly people like to adorn their promotional material with photos of bright-eyed, smiling, carefree people in the twilight of their years. No sign of arthritic knees or failing memories, of stiffening joints or nervousness about venturing out anywhere after dark.Such however is the reality experienced by Mrs Palfrey who, eschewing nursing homes, has moved into the Claremont Hotel in west Lonon for what she knows will the the final stage of her [...]

  • Ruthiella says:

    Reminiscent of Barbara Pym in its beautiful balance between despair and humor. Also, the description of Mrs. Palfrey in the first few pages is so brief and yet absolutely perfect; I really admire authors who can do that. Recently widowed, Mrs. Palfrey moves into a residential hotel in London as sort of a way-station prior to entering a nursing home or death, whichever comes first. When talk among her fellow residents turns to potential visitors (much sought after but rarely seen), Mrs. Palfrey e [...]

  • Daisy Goodwin says:

    I love Elizabeth Taylor, so I was delighted to discover this book which I hadn't read. Set in a genteel boarding house on the Cromwell Road, among the flotsam and jetsam of retired people keeping up appearances, it is a pin sharp illustration of the petty cruelties of life. Mrs Palfrey is never visited by her grandson, so when she meets a young man she asks him for dinner and passes him off as her daughter's son. In the edition I read there was an introduction by Paul Bailey where he talks about [...]

  • Rosemary says:

    A lovely story of an old lady living in a cheap but respectable London hotel where tiny variations in the routine keep life bearable, until she meets a young writer whom she passes off to the other residents as the grandson who never comes to visit. The reader sees Ludo's motivation as well as Mrs Palfrey's, which makes the whole thing more believable without detracting from the sweetness of a friendship which on the surface is so unlikely. The other elderly characters are great too, especially [...]

  • Hilary says:

    I really didn't want this book to end, this rates more than a five star for me. The characters of Mrs Palfrey and Ludo where so enjoyable, their unusual friendship and the way they both needed each other was a pleasure to read about. Another wonderful Elizabeth Taylor about aging, loneliness and friendship. I desperately wanted the story to end differently but glad that Ludo, in the end proves he is the good person I thought he was.

  • David says:

    Once again, it felt like a novel you write when writing novels is your occupation and you're very good at it and I'm not sure I have time for this. I want to read the novels that demand to be written, the novels that express something to me that's new or interesting. I don't want to be paying Elizabeth Taylor's mortgage know what I mean?

  • AngryGreyCat says:

    Not THAT Elizabeth Taylor…this one has been called “one of the best English novelists born in this century (20th)” and “one of the most underrated writers of the 20th century”.Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor is a sharply written, insightful study of the end of life in the 20th century. Mrs. Palfrey has come to London to live out the end of her life at a hotel suited for this purpose. The other residents are all holding their own death watch, staving off boredom and lo [...]

  • Karen O'Brien-Hall says:

    As Mrs Palfrey travels down Cromwell Road, she gives herself a “good talking to”; she is that kind of woman. Just because the taxi driver does not know the hotel she wants, there is no reason to believe it is any less than she is expecting. Widow of a former colonial administrator, Mrs Palfrey is moving into a hotel in London, the Claremont. Although the Claremont is not a home for the aged or ageing, it has five permanent residents, too old to live on their own, but not yet ready for a nurs [...]

  • Lisa says:

    1971Thanks to Jen for introducing me to a new author I had never heard of before but this book appears on The Guardian's 2015 best novels list at #87. There are many books on that list which I recognize and some which I have read, but this book was only a handful of books I had never even heard about. There is a BBC podcast talking about the book but a warning, there are spoilers, so read the book before listening to the podcast. The podcast used the term "bleak" but all along I thought of lonel [...]

  • Gumble's Yard says:

    Very well crafted and extremely well observed account – immediate but satisfying to read. Mrs Palfrey is recently widowed and chooses to live in a fading London hotel as one of the small number of permanent elderly residents. What is unspoken is that for all of them this is the last stage before a nursing home; what is actively denied is that almost none of them have relatives interested to visit them. Mrs Palfrey herself falls into this trap and builds up a fictional account of the devotion o [...]

  • Brian says:

    Set in the early nineteen seventies, this is the story of Laura Palfrey, an elderly upper-middle class widow who takes up residence in a small hotel in Bayswater where she joins a group of lonely old people eking out their last days on dwindling funds, largely forgotten by relatives, their old friends outlived. Her time at the Claremont is both enlivened and considerably complicated by a chance acquaintance with a young man living nearby who is, in his own, way, as much of a social misfit in the [...]

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