I think what enhances the enjoyment is that the characters are so closely observed. C P Snow writes about a world that he knows well, and he writes well about that world. I can't wait to continue with the series. Dec 03, Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it. Originally published on my blog here in July My first acquaintance with Snow's Strangers and Brothers sequence came - I think - in the early eighties, when I watched an excellent TV adaptation before reading the whole series. Now, twenty years later, my memory of this has been stirred by recently reading Powell's Dance to the Music of Time, and so I'm reading them again.
The central character of the series, Lewis Elliot, comes from a family on the borders of middle and working class, born i Originally published on my blog here in July The central character of the series, Lewis Elliot, comes from a family on the borders of middle and working class, born in the early part of the twentieth century at a time when these distinctions were of importance. The novel begins with the formative events of his childhood, his father's bankruptcy and his mother's death.
Determined to escape his background, Lewis studies for the bar - an upper middle class profession - despite warnings that he shouldn't get involved in things above his station. The main part of the novel is about his early days in chambers, about him growing up, and about his disastrous passion for the unstable Sheila Knight. Elliot is almost an exact contemporary of Powell's Nick Jenkins, but other than that there are few points of similarity between them.
Everything is easier for Jenkins, because of his privileged background, and this removes a lot of the drama from A Question of Upbringing. Powell's intention, I suppose, was to write a satirical commentary on high society, while Snow clearly wants to make points about the effects of class - how bright people like Elliot are held back by their background. This makes Time of Hope a more satisfying novel, and A Question of Upbringing a book that is more interesting as satire. Nov 17, Esdaile rated it really liked it Shelves: This novel is engaging and highly readable, although I found the main character objectionable.
If I have time, I shall get back to this review and write a proper appreciation.
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Suffice to say for the moment that CP Snow tells a story with ease and grace, very much in the manner of an upper working class Somerset Maugham, with the same vivid character description, the same relentless snobbery. As in Somerset Maugham, love is a fatality. People fall in love with wildly inappropriate persons and the This novel is engaging and highly readable, although I found the main character objectionable.
People fall in love with wildly inappropriate persons and there is naught they can do about it. I think it unusual for a novelist to protray such an unsympathetic "hero" so sympathetically. I am reminded of John Wain'S Hurry on Down and novels of the Angry Young Men in general, but this novel is aware of right and wrong beyond career moves and living for the moment. However, I doubt the novel makes a lasting impression on many readers.
I read it four weeks agao and the memory is fading already of a protagonist whose principle aim in life seemed to be advance advance and leave the past behind. I may be unfair and may return to revise this review when I have some more leisure. Oct 07, Simon rated it really liked it. Such brave and honest and perceptive narration. Brave to have a first person narrator who has so much to dislike about him. Brave to have a major female role who is, if anything, even harder to like.
But we care about them. We believe in them. For long parts of this novel I was clear in my intention. I know it's the first of a big series of books but I had no intention of reading more than this one. In the last hundred pages I have changed my mind. I will read part two but I'll wait a while firs Such brave and honest and perceptive narration.
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I will read part two but I'll wait a while first. He isn't a first rate poetic writer but there is a flow to the prose there is a lot of it It has been a very good book to read out loud and practice a slightly repressed regional version of received pronunciation. I may revise my rating up to five stars.
I feel as though I have read an important book. Well, it's coming third at the moment but that's like coming third behind Edrich and Compton, or Coe and Ovett, or Galsworthy and Powell. It is very good indeed, very readable and very engaging. Sep 03, Michael rated it it was amazing. This review discusses the entire Strangers and Brothers sequence: Can't remember why I picked this up nearly 30 years ago when it was readily available in a 3 volume edition but I'll go to the mat for it in any discussion of great British literature, or at least compulsively readable and enjoyable British literature.
Strangers and Brothers Series
Though it seems to be occupying a critical low point these days, I keep my set proudly on the shelf and certainly hope to reread it when time allows. The novels move roughly chrono This review discusses the entire Strangers and Brothers sequence: The novels move roughly chronologically but Snow relates seemingly random scenarios-- the internecine battle in electing a new Master of a Cambridge college, the British nuclear program, the Moors Murders trial which his wife Pamela Hansford Johnson was covering , etc.
I read the first novel and never looked back--read the whole sequence from start to finish. Give it a try if you can get your hands on it.
I was lent this book by a friend, she likes to try things out on me first, I shan't be rushing out to find more by this author. The protagonist of the novel Lewis Eliot looks back on his life and career in the law.
Time of Hope (Strangers and Brothers, book 3) by C P Snow
The rather detached style of writing and the unlikeable characters kept me a distance and are never drew me in. It is as much an analysis of failures as of successes. Not difficult to read, though a few of the authors mannerisms such as using an identical phrase more than once in a I was lent this book by a friend, she likes to try things out on me first, I shan't be rushing out to find more by this author.
Not difficult to read, though a few of the authors mannerisms such as using an identical phrase more than once in a paragraph began to annoy. Jan 01, Lise rated it liked it. An interesting book, a bit irregular, but the characters are sufficiently well defined to make one want to know what will happen to them and generally to care about them. The big flaw is the relationship between Lewis Eliot, the narrator, and his unsuitable love interest, later is wife, which becomes more and more problematic as the story develop.
While you can understand his being obsessed by her and wanting to marry her at all cost, Snow is less successful in explaining why Lewis wants to stay An interesting book, a bit irregular, but the characters are sufficiently well defined to make one want to know what will happen to them and generally to care about them. While you can understand his being obsessed by her and wanting to marry her at all cost, Snow is less successful in explaining why Lewis wants to stay with her after it became clear that they will never be able to make their marriage work.
Dec 27, Virginia Rounding rated it it was amazing. One of the favourite books of my life.
Apr 28, Mikee rated it really liked it Shelves: The is the second book written in the "Strangers and Brothers" series, but was intended as the first to be read. I read it second. This whole sseries seems to be all a gigantic soap opera through the first half of the 20th Century. How little war or world events intrude. I will keep chugging through it. Jul 19, Giles Denmark rated it liked it. Dec 02, Laura rated it liked it Recommended to Laura by: A very interesting series, next ones promise to be good as well.
Nov 11, Dgb rated it really liked it. Very good character development. If the series is read in order by primary characters chronological age the next two books that follow written earlier may disappoint, but don't give up. Dec 16, Ali Miremadi rated it it was amazing. May 15, Steven Rainer added it. Very much one of the class conscience school of fiction that was about in the 40s and 50s. Interesting as a hark back to the time before Strangers and brothers. Dec 07, Brian added it. Great book - sets the early years basis for the rest of the series. Aug 09, Elaine Thompson rated it really liked it.
I was in 6th form when I read this, an found I rewarding, if rather bleak. Ahmad rated it really liked it Jul 23, Zabby rated it liked it Feb 12, Inness rated it really liked it Mar 03, RaleighRider rated it really liked it Dec 06, Barbara rated it it was amazing May 16, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Other books in the series. Strangers and Brothers 1 - 10 of 11 books. George Passant by C. In the second of the 'Strangers and Brothers' ser… More. The Conscience of the Rich by C.
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