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Ee of his novels contrasting the lives of servants and masters Loving; workers and owners set in a These three books are certainly among the finest Green wrote No library in the English language could be complete without them

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Loving; Living; Party Going

Henry Green explored class distinctions through the medium of love This volume brings together thr Three great novels Poetic mysterious true Not for everyone though as the style different in each one can be difficult This piece of description from Loving has stayed with me for many yearsThe saddleroom was a place from which light was almost excluded now by cobwebs across its two windows and into which with the door ajar the shafted sun lay in a lengthened arch of blazing sovereigns Over a corn bin on which he had packed last autumn s ferns lay Paddy snoring between these windows a web strung from one lock of hair back onto the sill above and which rose and fell as he breathed Caught in the reflection of spring sunlight this cobweb looked to be made of gold as did those others which by working long minutes spiders had drawn from spar to spar of the fern bedding on which his head rested It might have been almost that O Conor s Paddy dreams were held by hairs of gold binding his head beneath a vaulted roof on which the floor of cobbles reflected an old king s molten treasure from the bogOK uite conventional but how about this from Living Mr Craigan smoked pipe already room was blurred by smoke from it and by steam from hot water in the sink She swilled water over the plates and electric light caught in shining waves of water which rushed off plates as she held them and then light caught on wet plates in moons She dried these One by one then she put them up into the rack on wall above her and as she stretched up so her movements pulled all ways at his heart so beautiful she seemed to him If you don t like the latter you won t like Henry Green

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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


10 thoughts on “Loving; Living; Party Going

  1. says:

    ReadLivingSeries of extended metaphors in Living orchestrate feelings with image of sea and ships with bright flashes of tropical birds or coral reefs shoals of flying fish dolphins playing I would hope to set sail on Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus but that would be false hope This is far Dirty British coaster with a salt caked smoke stack and for longest time coaster fails even to clear harbour wall It isn't until old Mr

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    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 c

  3. says:

    Three great novels Poetic mysterious true Not for everyone though as the style different in each one can be difficult This piece of description from 'Loving' has stayed with me for many yearsThe saddleroom was a place from which light was almost excluded now by cobwebs across its two windows and into which with the door a

  4. says:

    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 Birming

  5. says:

    These three books are certainly among the finest Green wrote No library in the English language could be complete without them

  6. says:

    I really loved Concludingand I'm enjoying the first novel in this collected three Loving even for its life below stairs perspective Green is a master of a kind of narrative strategy that excises all the fluff and chatter and lets the dialogue do the work like a play without sacrificing a sense of interior for the characters in that uncanny way with speech and gesture that playwrights have His narrators cannot enter into the body but what

  7. says:

    Well just Loving but I liked it lot and plan to read the other two just not right away Good for folks who like their modernist lit with a bit of Downton Abbey I liked the subtle humor

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    This book is allegedly one of the top 100 books of the century It is hideously terrible and completely unreadable It is basically a transcript o

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    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 fir

  10. says:

    Read Loving on the bus to Manhattan and on Roosevelt Island Thursday 23 August 2012 Green does a wonderful job of letting the characters speak for themselves with minimal third person omniscent narration It reminds me of a stageplay