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Out the daily ives of servants in a arge castle in Ireland during WWII It is all dialogue with gossip scandal alliances and coupling Everything is on the surface with flitting dark undertones The novel moves easily from conversation to conversation with no inner thoughts no character history no plot no conclusion The reader has to fill in blanks I found myself intrigued and involved Liking this novel and as it progressed but not uite The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness loving it They were wheeling wheeling in each other s arms heedless at the far end where they had drawn up one of the white blinds Above from a ratherow ceiling five great chandeliers swept one after the other almost to the waxed paruet floor reflecting in their hundred thousand drops the single sparkle of distant day again and again red velvet paneled walls and two girls minute in purple dancing multiplied to eternity in these trembling pears of glass The serving staff was fortunate to be employed at the Irish Country Estate far from the bombings that were currently The Leadership Gap leveling London Charley Raunce is on the verge of a promotion as he waits patiently for the head butler to breath hisast He will not only assume this new job title but will also finally be called by his real name Traditionally in the Tennant household he has been referred to as Arthur simply because the first young man employed in that position was named Arthur It is too much to expect for the Aristocratic family to remember new names Charley is head butler now and Mrs Tennant though struggling to remember is now reuired to call him Mr Raunce The household is eft to their own devices most of the time as the Tennant family moves between their London home and the Irish countryside One might even say that they have a bit too much time on their hands Gossip is the best currency and say that they have a bit too much time on their hands Gossip is the best currency and rumors about their employers and each other is the main form of entertainment All the servants have their own fiefdoms and protect those areas as if they were Knights of the Templer guarding the walls of a castle After all what they control about the household is the only justification for their existence Charley is enad with Edith and spends uite a bit of time planning ways to catch her by herself Although that is difficult as Edith and Kate are generally paired together They are the two girls that are dancing under the chandeliers Henry Green has several scenes where the two maids are intimate than just good friends but maybe I am reading those passages with modern eyesCharley though is always after affection from both girls Here Give us a kiss when an opportune moment presents himself He is rarely successful but it is all part of the game between him and the young women Peacocks roam the grounds Whe I ve always preferred character driven novels to plot driven ones but I m not sure what to make of a dialogue driven novel Especially one so aden with seemingly purposeful obfuscation What s going on Who s zooming who Who s even who for that matter Two different Alberts a Charley who used to be known as Arthur and who is now trying at being a Mr Raunce I think this novel is interesting as a Serenity Role Playing Game literary oddity and I particularly enjoyed the dialogue but I also found it a royal pain to read I know I m a slow reader but it took me 11 days to get through it and it s only 240 pagesong Green doesn t hand anything to you easily Or maybe I m thickThis was the second Henry Green novel I ve read and I m glad it wasn t my first being a bit too obtuse for my iking Some say it s his best but I didn t get nearly as much from it as I did from Back That one also reuired close almost investigative reading but I got a bigger payoff from it Will try Caught next Some say Loving is defined by what it excludes rather than by what it contains That s right though I don t think the "comment is a tribute As background Loving is almost totally dialog without much description of setting "is a tribute As background Loving is almost totally dialog without much description of setting action or context While I l applaud the writer for withdrawing his pen when it came time for exposition the context that is available in the dialog isn t enough to enjoy this novel as much as one could if Green were to have stirred our five senses with some description some action What I imagine is that Green either as a challenge to himself or because he harbored a secret desire to write dramas and not novels or because he had a di. Ovinces of authority to create an anarchic environment of self seeking behaviour pilfering gossip and oveWith an Introduction by Philip Hensher. Is it about Not about killing off siblings and cousins before adolescence I hopeWell good uestion Not much happens actually and that is the whole charm of the novel It s about people talkingWhat are they talking aboutWhatever suits them at the moment The plot consists of a ong dialogue between different characters staying at a big mansion in Ireland during World War Two and they talk and talk and talk Ireland during World War Two and they talk and talk and talk talk servants talk children talk The stories shift and change and uite often two people talk to each other about different things much to the delight of the reader who can catch up on two threads simultaneouslySo as the song asks who wrote the book of ove was it a person who emphasizes the mundanity of experience the pettiness of people the tedium of ife is this book of ove composed mainly of dialogue the sort of flat unremarkable dialogue that one tends to tune out while working waiting in The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev line on the bus at the bank wherever isove as magical and ife altering as changing the sheets or clearing the dining room table is ife just predictable humdrum repetition I ve read comparisons of this book to the BBC series Upstairs Downstairs Downton Abbey and to the Altman film Gosford Park haha that s hilarious may as well compare dishwater and champagne this story of the ives of servants in an Irish estate during world war 2 acks the depth richness and resonance of any of those works it has much in common with the films of Chantal Akerman a microscopic fascination with the drab and the commonplace characters are supposedly realistic but to me at east ifeless does not eual real every single person in the world has an interior The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School life that is interesting than the way they wouldook in a snapshot doing some tedious chore the book itself was rather a chorebut there are admirable things about it Loving is not what I d call a bad book there is a purity to it in the author s driving need to showcase futility and monotony and uninteresting ives and Green certainly does have an ear for dialogue the dullest of dialogue sure but dialogue that feels very real although his characters are boring and flat they don t even have the zest of caricature there are some comic moments to be found here and there at their inability to understand even simple situations et alone each other misunderstandings The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School leading to frayed feelings and the inability of certain people to read a room are an unamusing but regular part ofife in Loving they were my primary source of amusement Green also has a deft hand with the occasional surprising juxtaposition my favorite bit was a scene where a nanny drones on when reading a story about doves and The Cutting Room: A Novel of Suspense love while her young charges pay her no mind and instead intently watch a group of actual doves fornicate and bully each otherreview for Living herereview for Party Going here Loving readsike Gosford Park the Altman film but without the plot or any plot at all Green has been called a writer s writer s writer and praised to kingdom come by everyone that counts And yes his dialogue is masterful and there are real moments of ight in his prose His cinematic movement from scene to scene is unusual one character will ook out a window at two others in the distance and the narrative immediately moves to them without a break Strange too his habit of this ing and that ing everyone after he s introduced them by name into a scene so that Edith for example walks into a room and we are told that this woman Edith then stepped uickly aside not a real uote but gives you the idea In its tightly drawn scenes and play of voices Loving has a way of flickering warmly through the mind after you set it aside I enjoyed it and appreciated it Personally however I think Anthony Powell at his best Buyer s Market The Kindly Ones Books Do Furnish a Room is better and funnier for all his melancholy Not that comparisons count for anything but there you goUPDATE In bed before my alarm went off this morning it occurred to me This book is a fairy tale There s the standard opening once upon and standard closing ever after of course That s an obvious tip off But there s too the star crossed overs sorta the castle definitely the threat from without IRA WWII insurance man etc Okay I get it Not exactly sure what to do with it It took me a while to adjust to the cadence of Loving The novel is ab. 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There were masters and servants servants and dogs they taught you how to touch your cap The Clash Something about EnglandThere were also Peacocks Those Silly Birds Of those silly birds of girls giggled The sky was overcast so that the ight was dark as though under water The afternoon was warm It was the first afternoon to be warm since autumn Though they could not see them the peacocks below were beginning to paradeThe masters keep intriguing and the servants have their own intriguesAnd while the masters remain ignorant of their servants mysteries the servants know all of their masters secrets And their seemingly uncouth conversations are full of hearsay gossips scandalmongering and of oveThis time she actually got up in haste and did no ess than sit on his knee You don t ove me she murmured When he kissed her she kissed him back with such passion all of her hard as a board that he flopped back flabbergasted having caught a glimpse of what was in her waiting for him And while the masters have their dramas the servants have theirs Every individual has a right to have one s own personal drama This is the first Henry Green I have read It is uite a claustrophobic novel Updike called Green the saint of the mundane and indeed very ittle of any significance actually happens It has been compared to #Gosford Park And There # Park and there some surface similarities but rather The Cake House less action Loving is set in a rambling country house in Ireland during the early years of the Second World War The Tennant family move between their Irish country seat and their homes in England primarily London The servants are mostly English and remain in Ireland whether the family are in residence or notLoving revolves around the daily routines of the servants their petty suabbles worriesoves hates and workaday stresses The war is at a distance but there are storm clouds on the horizon There are clouds closer to home relating to some of the The Essential Tantra: A Modern Guide to Sacred Sexuality local Irish estate workers who may or may not haveinks to the IRA also an offstage presence Loving is driven by dialogue it is almost stream of consciousness in dialogue form spare in its descriptions The cut short and tight dialogue feels a The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success littleike some of the kitchen sink dramas of the early 1960s Green has a great ear for ordinary speech There are clever comic elements woven in the corpse of the throttled peacock turning up in odd places the missing and reappearing ring the The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes lisping insurance evaluator the scene with the drunken cook and the mistress befuddled Miss Burch who never really grasps what is going on Of course one cannot escape the sense of this being a fairytale set outside of time It starts with Once upon a day rather than a time and ends with andived happily ever after Nevertheless the characters are real and realistic if cut off from the brutalities ends with and ived happily ever after Nevertheless the characters are real and realistic if cut off from the brutalities war The entire novel takes place in the house and grounds those who eave just fall off the end of the worldThis was written in 1945 as the war ended Green spent the whole war working for the London Fire Brigade and will have seen the height of the blitz and been very much in the centre of some difficult service Then he writes this set away from it all in rural Ireland at a time when he was dragging bodies out of burning buildings Perhaps ike Blake he was ooking for a contrast to the dark satanic mills of the modern world but Green insisted on populating it with real and recognisable peopleThe ending I found difficult and without the obvious fairytale Jesting Pilot links it would have been trite However on the whole it worked and I am interested enough to read and will read Living next I think this could be called stream of dialogue rather than stream of consciousness but I do understand why many writers rate it so highly I wasn t expecting a stream of consciousness type novel but this is one my favorite versions of that narrative style that I ve encountered To me the best stream of consciousness novels end up being something I experience than I analyze or get deeply invested in and Ioved just get The Missing World lost in this crazy Irish castle in the waning days of WWII The intrigue the pettiness the fading days of the British aristocracy all stuff Ioved I m Tacos looking forward to from Henry Green So what are you reading now Just another one of the novels I bought at the airportOh dear are you hating this one as well What Hating I m LOVING itWhat. One of his most admired works Loving describesife above and below stairs in an Irish country house during the Second World War In the absence. ,
Loving By Henry Green