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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine and authentic slice of late-mid twentieth century lower middle-class English life but the earlier volumes are better
This is the final instalment of Stan Barstow's well-regarded Vic Brown trilogy as the story of the eponymous working-class non-hero finally runs its course. In A Kind of Loving we were introduced to basically decent, but frustrated every-Englishman Vic Brown who struggles to adapt to adult life and feelings within the moral confines of a conservative, provincial Yorkshire...
Published on 30 Sep 2008 by Trevor Coote

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine and authentic slice of late-mid twentieth century lower middle-class English life but the earlier volumes are better, 30 Sep 2008
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Trevor Coote "Trevor Coote" (Tahiti, French Polynesia) - See all my reviews
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This is the final instalment of Stan Barstow's well-regarded Vic Brown trilogy as the story of the eponymous working-class non-hero finally runs its course. In A Kind of Loving we were introduced to basically decent, but frustrated every-Englishman Vic Brown who struggles to adapt to adult life and feelings within the moral confines of a conservative, provincial Yorkshire town. Pressured into marrying local girl Ingrid when she becomes pregnant, in The Watchers on the Shore he then tries to make a real go of a marriage within which he is uncomfortable and unhappy. With a view to better providing for his family he takes a job down south but instead gets mixed up with the theatre crowd and meets Donna, the one girl who he feels is just right for him.
In The Right True End he is now successful and after a series of rather grubby affairs, he becomes determined to track down the only woman with whom he felt he had something real. This final book was written some 16 years after A Kind of Loving and it shows. Whereas the earlier books relied on atmosphere and details for a sense of time and place, this work is full of pointers and signposts. It is also written with a fashionable (seventies) crudity and as a result Vic Brown becomes less sympathetic and more laddish and self-centred. The dialogue and the relationships between Vic and his family and small circle of friends are still convincing and work very well. His experiences and feelings will be familiar to many young adults who flounder between adolescence and adulthood and between different social classes. It remains a fine and authentic slice of late-mid twentieth century lower middle-class English life but does not add a great deal to the earlier works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine end to the Trilogy, 3 Jan 2011
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I don't agree with the review posted previously here, Vic does not become an unsympathetic character in any way, The Right True End is set in the 1970's - and it feels just right. It is in my view a fine work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finishing the story but just a little predictable., 3 Jan 2013
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J. H. Mccarthy "Rex Glevi" (Gloucester, UK) - See all my reviews
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I have thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy and this is a very fitting end. The relationship of Donna's boy to Vic was probably clear from book two but even so the story builds in a wholly entertaining and suspenceful way. There books are brilliantly written and without doubt will harmonise with those readers in the 60 to 70 years age group; indicative of life and living from the mid 50s to the mid 70s. Stan barstow brings so much of my life (and probably of most readers) into a vivid memory and he factually portrays the relationships that are present in most families in those days both in Yorkshire and elsewhere in the North of England.
This trio of books is wonderful observation, escapism and to top it all has a happy ending! Go read them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 15 Nov 2010
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Brilliant part 3 of a trilogy often refered to as the Vic Brown trilogy i would reccomend reading the other 2 first called A Kind Of Loving and The Watchers on the Shore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As expected...., 11 April 2014
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'Having read the Vic Brown trilogy some years ago, a re - reading was a joy - Stan Barstow's economy of language and his knack of touching every emotion is a few words is masterly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 18 July 2014
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