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Loving is set in the vast hereditary house of the Tennants, an aristocratic Anglo Irish family, but the story mainly involves their servants The war has led to a scarcity of experienced staff, and when Eldon the butler dies, Raunce the head footman is assigned his job The other servants are taken aback by this irregular promotion, but lovely young Edith, a recent hire, is quite attracted to the older Raunce and a flirtation begins And it is Edith who discovers Mrs Tennants daughter in law, whose husband is fighting at the front, in bed with a neighbor one morning, scandalizing the whole household When the Tennants depart for England, Raunce is left in charge of the house and struggles to control its disputatious inhabitants as well as to secure the love of Edith, especially after a precious family jewel disappears In Loving, Henry Green explores the deeply precarious nature of ordinary life against the background of the larger world at war

15 thoughts on “Loving (New York Review Books Classics)

  1. Eileen Shaw Eileen Shaw says:

    This novel concerns the struggle and heartache of love, which may be erotic, filial or even unrealised, amongst the servants of a large Anglo Irish country house during the Second World War Because Ireland was neutral in that war there is much fear of either invasion to provide an offshore attack base on Britain, or that the servants, who are all originally from England may be forced to return to England and join the fighting Other problems involve a missing sapphire ring belonging to the lady of the house an evacuee who doesn t have the requisite servility and affairs of the heart, particularly that of the new butler, Charley Raunce and a parlour maid, Edith In his introduction to the book, Sebastian Faulks makes the point that the dialogue, though extremely naturalistic, does jar at times particularly when nothing much is being said However, he insists that it is necessary for the atmosphere and social culture of the servants to be understood I agree with that summation but would also add that even when nothing much is being said, other things are going on that show through the dialogue When an insurance investigator with an unfortunate lisp arrives to look at the situation with the missing ring, the family are not at home and the servants have to deal with him That the following evening meal in the servants dining room is punctuated by uproarious laughter as they take it in turns to imitate the investigator s lisp, is very telling The servants are united against what they perceive as a slight on their probity, and this is how they take revenge for the injury to their feelings This very small and enclosed world is wonderfully exposed by Green s tremendously skilful writing He takes a back seat as a writer, most effectively, leaving his characters to be centre stage at every moment Only occasionally the conventions intrude to remind us that someone has written this work, rather than taken it down verbatim from life It is a wonderful achievement and a very engrossing read.

  2. andrea andrea says:

    This was a book that I wanted to read It is a very good read and the service was excellent from the seller.

  3. M. S. Srivastava M. S. Srivastava says:

    Didn t touch me very much, but I still enjoyed reading it.

  4. Bertha Barlow Bertha Barlow says:

    This is a book of it s time It s strength is its descriptive casing, with highly original language I found it slightly offputting at first as there were no chapters, just the occasional breaks in the prose Much of the narrative is in dialogue which gives it a sense of movement, although the plot is fairly slow with not much actually happening It is set in the Second World War in Ireland with a political backdrop of the IRA Socially, it is an upstairs downstairs setting with the interaction between the servants, especially when the Mistress goes away The new butler, Raunch, is a central character and their is a love story within it also.It is worth reading if you are interested in that period, where greater luminaries were at play, such as Virginia Woolf Not sure I would recommend it otherwise.

  5. Bookworm Bookworm says:

    All as it should be

  6. Richard Baldwin Cook Richard Baldwin Cook says:

    Our man in London is Henry Yorke 1905 1973 using the Henry Green pen name and deliciously good at the writing game.LOVING brings us into an ancient English castle in Ireland during WW II, with its clueless English highs and their servants the central characters distracted by sex, war news, sex, while living in a neutral country Sex.The help is not to deal direct with the locals this highbrow stricture the lowbrow servants enforce upon each other Don t have nothing to do with them Irish or you ll likely bring our own blood on us By reason of the IRA And never forget.Their incessant chatter in corridor, kitchen and below stairs shows the servants preoccupation with individual strategies to move up, move on, make a match, avoid work or trouble, keep trying, the younger ones, to get some sex.In the novel before us, Green conjures the speech of Mr O Connor, Irish laborer, charged with the care of the peacocks on the castle grounds, with whom he lives a man whose Irish is unintelligible to all except the maid, Kate, who readily translates for him, confiding to Edith, her comrade in brooms I d strip those rags off to give that pelt of his a good rub.Green s fun extends to an insurance agent down from Dublin, inquiring about lost jewelry, who speaks with a lisp It th O.K thon Thankth thon The familieth away I ll wager thixpenth you can never gueth my bithneth.The plot of this comedy turns with the conversations He s took that peacock little Albert killed, which Mrs Welch hid away, and he s hung it in the outside larger Swarming with maggots over our meat How do you like that Miss Swift It s wicked or worse it is.Little Albert killed No One of the peacocks crossed is path so he up and kill the thing That s a flea bite, there s plenty of the creatures.Henry Green is rightly credited we can all now agree as a peerless inventor of dialogue deftly applied But listen to this authorial pinch of context He seemed to appraise the dark eyes she sported which were warm and yet caught the light like plums dipped in cold water.And this He slipped inside like an eel into its drain pipe.Read this masterpiece, which begins with a death and ends with encouragement They lived happily after.

  7. Monika Jaruskova Monika Jaruskova says:

    well written, seems to be a realistic depiction of life in a mansion both below the stairs and upstairs Just life, as it comessomehow I couldn t take to any character and perhaps the author didn t mean any of them to be liked unconditionally , in fact I didn t care about their life stories very much I wondered about the state of health of the main protagonistwas it just nerves probable regarding the ending or something serious about his digestion ulcers , not important though, just a notion

  8. Deep Reader Deep Reader says:

    This rediscovered classic gives the reader charming dialogue below stairs in a great castle in neutral Ireland during world war II But after a long slow plotless start, the incidents that finally decorate the book seem contrived The Irish castle is owned and staffed by english people which lends some dimension, but the book just amounts to a rather pointless slice of life.

  9. Vuillard Vuillard says:

    The lives of servants in an English country house in Ireland during World War II is depicted in a crisp dry style People fall in love but it is not clear why The servants live under layers of paranoia fear of an impending German invasion fear of the IRA suspicion of the local trades people and merchants suspicion of the insurance adjuster sent to investigate missing jewellery Oddly, the servants seem to trust their masters and vice versa Loving is written in a style that is convincingly realistic, describing the characters actions and conversations without a great deal of exploration of their interior lives I would have found a longer book in this style somewhat wearing but this novel moves along pretty smartly so I quite enjoyed it.

  10. z55z.co Customer z55z.co Customer says:

    I was drawn to this book by a review in The New York Review of Books of Henry Green s novels Intrigued by the description of his writing style, I wanted to know how it worked I wasn t disappointed Green combined an other worldly sense with the reality of lives in a gentrified British estate house set in Ireland during World War Two His writing is quite different from mainstream work but does not suffer for that difference Highly recommended for anybody with an interest in writing plus a great story.

  11. Peter Coyote Peter Coyote says:

    An accidental treasure A master novelist who s taken me completely by surprise.

  12. Kit Marlowe Kit Marlowe says:

    Superbly written and very funny This book makes Downton Abbey look like a comic book.

  13. sharron sussman sharron sussman says:

    See recent piece in New Yorker Magazine on this author and this novel specifically one of the October 2016 issues.If I could catch up on my New Yorkers, I d have time to read Henry Green and others in his league

  14. earing earing says:

    A funny dark side of Downton Abbey, or for those with long memories, UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS Mutual distrust on the part of the owners and the servants of a British country house in Ireland during WW II Add suspicions of the Irish and vague threats of Germ an invasion and a general air of unease prevails, accented by outbursts of horrible screechings of the peacocks.

  15. z55z.co Customer Lois Mary Taylor z55z.co Customer Lois Mary Taylor says:

    What a shame it takes so long to get anywhere Lost heart to continueUnfortunately some of the classics are like this.