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The Green Years (Bello) Kindle Edition
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The narrative is well-paced, holding my attention at every moment. The turn of phrase is poetic at times and demonstrates a fine sensibility to the nuances of daily life and Nature. Each character is fully developed and what is unusual in many novels, each character evolves over the years of the life of the protagonist, Robie. The end is a "deus ex machina" which works very well but is unfortunately given away by the blurb on the back cover of my copy.
As someone who grew up in Yorkshire as a baby boomer, I was surprised to discover how many of our dialectal phrases were shared with people living in Scotland. Of course, many phrases came back from India with the soldiers after the Second World War, but apparently many phrases were endemic to the North of England and Scotland. For me it was a delight to revisit this language which reminds me of my childhood.
With regard to the mood of the novel -- which reads more like a memoir -- the dogged resistance of Robie to all the disappointments that his childhood and teenage years bring to him is an inspiring example to all. The underlying "message" seems to be that goodness brings its own rewards. It is interesting how the author treats religion in a gentle but unrelentingly critical manner, leaving free-thinkers room to feel justified in their rejection of the fantasy of belief.
I loved this work of literature and my old and battered version of "The Green Years" which I found by accident has earned its place in my personal library.
I have tried to work out why I like Cronin's work so much: his sheer story telling power is second to none. It is simple, direct and ruthlessly honest. The balance of back-story, description, dialogue, action and suspense is perfect. Each character is drawn with unerring accuracy and consistency. They are all different and entirely believable, without quite drifting into caricature. They have different proportions of admirable and less admirable characteristics, but are always vividly portrayed. You recognise many matching attributes in yourself and even if you do not like what you find, you will see the truth in the writing.
All the books by Cronin that I have read take place in Scotland in the early years of the 20th century when trains were the main form of public transport and motor cars were something of a novelty. There is plenty of Scottish vocabulary sprinkled throughout the text, giving it a peculiar and intriguing flavour. Sometimes, Cronin breaks into Scottish dialect (and apologises for doing so).
I think it would be fair to describe this as a coming of age novel - Cronin delights the reader with the innocence of childhood in an adult world and then the angst of youth. The subjects of friendship, love, bewilderment, poverty, endurance, exasperation and hope are beautifully woven together.
I can not recommend "The Green Years" too highly. I always looked forward to reading the next chapter and was disappointed to come to the end of a truly wonderful novel.
Religion is one of the dominant themes of the novel and it is a mistake to conclude (as a previous reviewer has done) that Cronin is 'unrelentingly critical' of religion in this novel. His treatment of the subject is more subtle than that and reflects his own religious outlook, for although he was an atheist during his days as a very scientifically-minded medical student, Cronin was a religious man and thus didn't view belief as a 'fantasy.'
I am looking forward to re-reading 'Shannon's Way', another wonderful Cronin novel, in which Robert Shannon's life as a young scientist is beautifully portrayed, thereby continuing the story that begins with 'The Green Years.'
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thor . I could not see the end coming very unexpected really a superb read .. can't wait to read another of his books Caroline
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