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Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM By Henry Green

LIVING, as an early novel, marks the beginning of Henry Green s career as a writer who made his name by exploring class distinctions through the medium of love Set in an iron foundry in Birmingham, LIVING grittily and entertainingly contrasts the lives of the workers and the owners
  • Title: Living
  • Author: Henry Green
  • ISBN: 9780781200370
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Hardcover


Lisa Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Living - what's that all about?Living is about how you make your living. In an iron foundry in Birmingham in the 1920s, hierarchies, animosities, competition and intrigues are as much part of working life as anywhere else. Frustrations, worries, wages. There is no end to the discussions about jobs when you sit in the pub in the evening, trying to drink the money you earned to forget the hardship of LIVING. You know you live for your job if you mourn when you lose it because you have grown too ol [...]
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BlackOxford Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Because, Just BecauseThings are changing in 1928 England. Or so the old and the young in Living think. The old men are engaged in the crises of declining vitality; the old women are primarily coping with these masculine crises. The young men are ambitious and feel themselves under-appreciated; the young women feel the same and attach themselves to the optimistic young men. It is the same for the folks who ride the trams as it is for them who ride the Bentley motor cars. Everyone is dissatisfied [...]
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mark monday Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
he writes like child would write, child describing world they see day in day out; child sees the world, lives in it, doesn't want to live in it, lives in it still. it is purposeful sort of writing - most explicitly in decision to not include many articles, conjunctions - it is primitive sort of writing as well. makes sense. Green is depicting lives at most primitive, "Living" at most basic: birth, school, work, death. Green has even hand: lives of factory workers, upper class knobs, given same t [...]
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Paul Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Now regarded as a modernist classic, this is one of Green's early works. Much has been made of the experimental nature of the novel with its paucity of articles and conjunctives. It is set around the lives of management and workers in an iron foundry in Birmingham. It is dialogue driven and much of it is in dialect. Green being from the area makes a pretty good job of capturing the Brummie accent and I suspect this is the real reason for the lack of articles and conjunctives: it better captures [...]
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Alan Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
I love this book. I'm awed by the love in it and the strange description and the dialogue caught so faithfully. It's set in Birmingham among factory workers in the late 1920s. This is a passage from it:Then, one morning in iron foundry, Arthur Jones began singing. He did not often sing. When he began the men looked up from work and at each other and stayed quiet. In machine shop, which was next iron foundry, they said it was Arthur singing and stayed quiet also. He sang all morning.He was Welsh [...]
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John Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Having just finished this novel I am ambivalently torn if to praise or condemn it.Set in the late 1920's in England it traces several of the lives of workers, management, and ownership who are involved in a iron factory. The factory figures only very loosely in this book, a means of tying otherwise an uncertain collection of people together. The protagonist, if there truely is one, is the young twenty-ish year old Lilly, the daughter and granduaghter of one of the iron workers, and her struggles [...]
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Kristel Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
REVIEW: At first it is hard to settle into this book which is unique for its structure (lack of conjunctives and articles). I thought, oh no, this is going to take forever to read but after a bit I was used to the rhythm and the story began to take shape. It is a story set in the between war years in Birmingham industrial area of England and features the social structure of labor, middle management and owners of the steel factories. There is also the two characters; Lily and Mr Dupret both unsuc [...]
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Rachel Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Living is a book written with few conjunctives and articles, making for a kind of minimalist prose style. The characters are generally lower-class workers having a tough time, and I mostly ignored the plot, but there were a few really great descriptive moments - for example, this passage describing Mr. Craigan's obsession with Miss Gates: "For now, wherever Miss Gates went there Mr. Craigen followed with his eyes. As her hand fell so his eyes dropped, when she got up his eyes rose up to her from [...]
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Eadie Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
I'm sorry to say that I did not enjoy this book at all. The writing style was very difficult to read and I struggled to finish the book. If it wasn't for the fact that 2 other people were relying on me to finish and write a review for The Wish List Challenge, I would not have finished the book. There wasn't any plot or discussion that could pull me into enjoying this book. I found it very boring. I'm sure there may be some others who would love to read this book and may enjoy it but this book wa [...]
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Kaycie Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Green's writing is so interesting to me. It seems like he just plops you down in the middle of a story, and you need to figure out where you are and what is going on. Then once you finally get really into it, the story ends! I have a hard time at first getting into his style as well as he seems to not see the need for filler words like "the", "a", etc, and its off-putting at first. His stories are interesting, though, and his style of writing makes his books like none other.
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Michalle Gould Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
This is a beautiful book that teaches you how to read it as you are reading; it is difficult at first, but a perfect example of why it is worthwhile to stick with something challenging and afterward you find yourself thinking in the cadence of the writing for a little while and better for it. I love it. I love Henry Green. He should be far better known than he is.
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Mary Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Extremely difficult dialogue, no articles, prepositions and rarely the word "the". Ended up just finishing it as quickly as possible, unfortunate because the basis for a really interesting story is there.
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Jonathan Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
"Is nothing wonderful in migrating birds but when we see them we become muddled in our feeling, we think it so romantic they should go so far, far." But in reality, life is a hard pill to swallow.
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William Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
This book deserves more of a following. It seems remarkable for it's era (the late 1920's) and is distinctive in both style and content.This is a book about how people relate to each other in general and how workers and management do, in particular. In a relatively short novel, you get to know quite a few people well. This is also done in an unusual way, because one comes to know them more through their thoughts and words than through their actions. Some people are pretty totally unlikable (Tupe [...]
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Jennifer S Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Henry Green was a "modernist" writing this novel in the late 1920's. It is primarily a description of life in a foundry town with a cast of characters who work in the foundry, manage the foundry, and/or live in the town. The writing style takes some getting used to - Green chooses to skip "the" in many sentences, so the reader kind of has to just bob along with the prose as it flows and not try to re-construct every sentence. Once I got used to that, it was interesting to read about not-very-int [...]
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Trever Polak Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
I think I can officially say Henry Green is one of my favorite writers. He manages to bring out the beauty in everyday life, even in an environment bleak as industrial Birmingham, even in a story about the loss of love. He vindicates life through art under even sad circumstances. And his characters are real people: he makes these people so vivid by going into their heads and still not really knowing what they're thinking. It's brilliant.One thing I would recommend is to pay attention while readi [...]
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Maia Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Read it. Genuinely good to great literary novel, a 9/10, hard meat to chew at first until you digest the style, the later literary lushness a bit of a letdown and wish the ending wasn't so sad, but true to form, a perfect master, no absolute tragedy, a mild knockback, the ruination of all yet nothing dramatic and a dull uplift to follow what can i say? I read Doting first, which is an easier novel to love, start there, but read this.
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Alice Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
I think I read a Henry Green novel eons ago. So much for age and memory. I enjoyed this book more than I ever thought I would. His style is quirky and you have to accept that you don't know what is going on at times. It doesn't matter. It is about life and work in a Birmingham factory. About men and women. About class. About loyalty. It is about earning a living and living a life?
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Angela Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Need to be in the right frame of mind to read this and definitely need to give it plenty of time.
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Isla McKetta Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
A good lesson in how the thing you're trying to do with language can completely take the reader out of the experience and ruin it entirely.
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Big Pete Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Superb. It's a great shame that Green is so obscure.
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Eric Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
"Later her head was leaning on his shoulder again, like hanging clouds against hills every head in this theatre tumbled without hats against another, leaning everywhere.""Every one looked forward to Arthur's singing, each one was glad when he sang, only, this morning, Jim Dale had bitterness inside him like girders and when Arthur began singing his music was like acid to that man and it was like that girder was being melted and bitterness and anger decrystallized, up rising up in him till he was [...]
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Marianne Husbands Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
I was made aware of Henry Green and his novel ' Living' from a recent BBC series Books that Made Britain. He has been largely forgotten in the public reading consciousness but I was assured he was well worth seeking out. I mentally filed him on my TBR list and when I came across a compilation of ' Loving, Living and Party Going' in my local Oxfam shop I picked it up. Let us begin with the writing style. Written in what is meant to be a so called working - class brummie accent it seems Green was [...]
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Christopher Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
The English novelist Henry Green was born to a privileged family, but for his second novel Living, he immersed himself in the working class culture of Birmingham. The setting is an iron foundry in the mid-to-late 1920s, and as Living opens we are introduced to a dizzying array of characters, all the men who keep the place running. The novel then settles into a series of particular plotlines. At the factory, the labourers and management struggle to keep things as they’ve always been even as the [...]
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Ian Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
What to say about Henry Green? At one point, he was considered by some as “the best English novelist” and – a phrase I quite like – as the “writer’s writer’s writer”. According to , he was always more popular among other writers than the reading public and “none of his books sold more than 10,000 copies”. From the 1950s onwards, his star faded – he died in 1973 – and by the 1980s, he was mostly forgotten… only to be rediscovered in the early 1990s, and omnibuses of his [...]
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Brendan Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Creating literature is very much a middle class pursuit and Henry Green, son of a wealthy industrialist, is no exception. But what is different about Living is that here he gives voice to the industrial workers of Birmingham of the 1920s. I don't know of any other novel set in an iron foundry and Green’s use of regional working class dialogue is central to this work’s authenticity. There is more than a hint of self-loathing here too in his vapid, nose-picking portrayal of the foundry owners' [...]
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Jan-Willem Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Intellectually stimulating, and rewarding to reconstruct the interpersonal web and dialogue confusion.The use of dialect feels refreshing, as is his use of reported speech and punctuation. Semi-phonetic writing brings the dialect to life and the elimination of articles adds a nice fluency and movement.Loved the (abundance of) daily dialogues, but the repitition did become a bore in the end. But that may just be one of Green's statements. Felt like he suddenly broke the story down in the middle, [...]
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Ian Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Realistic portrayal of family and factory life in 1920s England, Birmingham foundry workers to be precise. Lily Gates lives with her worthless father Jim, Joe Dale, a cripplingly shy, would-be suitor and Craigan, the old man of the works, a skilled moulder. Their lives and Lily's painful dalliance with Bert Jones are contrasted with that of Richard Dupret, the spoilt son of the factory owner, and his pursuit of a shallow blonde. Green's style is interesting: prepositions are disregarded, the wor [...]
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Hamish Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
I'm not sure how I feel about the prose, which removes articles and conjunctions to make a simplified, almost child-like narration. It feels less like an aesthetically sound choice and more like a stylistic affectation. Still, it reads more like certain Joyce passages than Hemingway, so it's not as bad as it could be. Green's strength is (obviously) the dialogue and his mastery of British working class dialect. He also does some neat things with repeated images and extended metaphors (though he [...]
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Jakey Gee Oct 23, 2020 - 03:25 AM
Another fine piece of kitchen sink realism, and - actually - a really strong record of class, gender and oppressive social disapproval. It's marvellous on language, as per HG's form. There are some gorgeous moments (Hannah realising she's lost Tom Tyler; Lily yearning for motherhood and fear of breaking away). It's also very funny in places, for the sharp plainspeaking folk wit that runs through the dialogue ("Looking at me like I'd had his girl behind a hedge"). Very surprised this was never on [...]
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Living By Henry Green LIVING, as an early novel, marks the beginning of Henry Green s career as a writer who made his name by exploring class distinctions through the medium of love Set in an iron foundry in Birmingham, LIVING grittily and entertainingly contrasts the lives of the workers and the owners

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