( Kindle ePUB / Pdf ) Loving; Living; Party Going By Henry Green

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  • Loving; Living; Party Going
  • Henry Green
  • English
  • 06 November 2018
  • 9780140186918

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Characters ✓ Loving; Living; Party Going 100 Ee of his novels contrasting the lives of servants and masters Loving; workers and owners set in a. Living Henry Green s first novel published in 1929 when he was twenty four is wisely and wonderfully written in a minor key about minor characters who demand major attention through their flawed stumbling enduring humanityThe setting is Birmingham England where men work at a foundry that is foundering The owner is about to die but not yet and the son is about to take over but not yet Meanwhile the workers sing and chatter to one another gossip and commentand have womenfolk and children at home with just enough cash on hand to make it through the weekLily Gates is the moral center of the tale She s in her early twenties and must stay at home and take care of it for her father Joe Gates and her grandfather Mr Craigan as he is called She d love to have a job love to live the kind of life she sees in the movies love to be able to decide who is the better bet for marriage Mr Dale or Mr Jones both foundry workers This ensemble reminds me of Colm Toiban s Brooklyn but the delicacy and ingenuity of the prose its spontaneity reminds me of the flight of pigeons an airborne motif throughout the novelLiving is half overheard a uarter lyrical exposition another uarter striking uick paced encounter At the same time it is curiously phrased not only in Birmingham dialect but also in a kind of notational style wherein articles and prepositions are deliberately omitted creating stumps of sentences that are pleasant to trip over Some passages read like Dubliners others like Ulysses and then others like the sweeping montages of John Dos Pasos s USA trilogy capturing public houses the fizzing foaming fury of molten metal football match jousting and the unexpected intrusions of the foundry owner s son s romantic disappointments If he were not necessary to the unfolding of the plot he would be than expendableFor reasons that are not always clear Green divides this text into chapters The chapters themselves dart everywhere with no transitional language to remind us that something that once was happening is happening again and is further along toward the police station the sickbed or a desperately unhappy elopement that cannot be other other than it comes to be Mr Jones wants to do right by Lily he simply can t he doesn t have the money the professional skills the knowledge of the world or the support of his parents now lost somewhere in the maw of Liverpool where he cannot find themIn many ways Green illustrates the rule that there are no rules for writing fiction only that whatever you are doing you have to know how to do it which he does

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Characters ✓ Loving; Living; Party Going 100 Henry Green explored class distinctions through the medium of love This volume brings together thr. Henry Green is like Dawn Powell one of those famously forgotten writers whose oeuvre is brought back into print every 15 years or so with dust jacket encomia from writers who have achieved sustained renownLoving from 1945 has a kind of upstairsdownstairs structure in which the doings and conversation of the servants and the gentry on an Anglo Irish estate are contrasted The former are baudier but ultimately probably conventionally moral than their masters not sure if Green even cares about that since cadences of speech and diction seem to be his predominant interests The whole thing is in a slightly brittle tone highly reminiscent of Ivy Compton Burnett though ultimately less cynicalLiving is one of his earliest from 1929 it is set entirely among Birmingham steel workers and the economic and political angle to the story would be hard to ignore but again linguistic audacity is paramount The tendency of Northern dialects to make sparing use of definite and indefinite articles is observable in naturalist writers from DH Lawrence to Stan Barstow but Green takes it to an extreme rendering every utterance a telegraphic series of nouns verbs and adjectives piled up like blocks with a minimum of connective tissue As the longest of the three in this collection that makes it a bit tough going at timesFinally Party Going has uite a classical unity and an economy of means that would make it an effective play A dozen upper class characters are trapped for an evening in a railway hotel by a dense fog which is preventing their scheduled departure Forced into close uarters people s social anxieties insecurity and manipulativeness are magnified The depiction of them is satirical but not mercilessly so the characters retain an amusingly sympathetic uality

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Characters ✓ Loving; Living; Party Going 100 Birmingham iron foundry Living; and the different lives of the wealthy and the ordinary Party Goi. Loving Four StarsLiving Three StarsParty Going Three and a Half StarsEach of these three novels follows multiple characters representing different social strata the servants and the served in an Irish country house during WWII Loving generations of steel foundry workers and owners in Birmingham Living and wealthy travelers stuck in a train station hotel Party Going The stories can be a little difficult to follow at first in each characters are referred to by several names the narrative jumps around from one situation to another much like a soap opera and important plot points and aspects of character development are artfully revealed through dialogue These stories are not mysteries though Loving has what could be called a mystery element but reading them is a little like solving a puzzle At first you have to get your bearings You are presented with many different pieces and it takes a little while to figure out what you re looking at The further you progress the clearer the picture becomes and the uickly it goes By the end you have something that seems much than the sum of its parts I guess this is true of most books to some extent but I found it especially true hereMy individual ratings for each of these novels are based partly on the author s craft which is admirable partly on how enjoyable they were to read and partly on how rewarding they were I don t mind doing a little bit of work when I m reading if there s a great payoff Loving rates highest on all three of these criteria As I got further into Loving I found myself thinking that it s begging to be made into a film and wondering if perhaps maybe it HAS been as far as I can tell it has not The best ad I can give for any and all of these novels comes from Green himself Of his inspiration for Loving he told The Paris Review I got the idea of Loving from a manservant in the Fire Service during the war He was serving with me in the ranks and he told me he had once asked the elderly butler who was over him what the old boy most liked in the world The reply was Lying in bed on a summer morning with the window open listening to the church bells eating buttered toast with cunty fingers I saw the book in a flash