- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (6 Oct. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099481472
- ISBN-13: 978-0099481478
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Loving, Living, Party Going Paperback – 6 Oct 2005
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"Green paints an unforgettable portrait of a doomed, amoral world whose characters, trapped in the fog, are somehow waltzing blithely towards oblivion...cinematic in its intensity" (Robert McCrum Guardian)
"Heartbreaking, funny and written with such luminous prose - he's the most brilliant, and neglected, of English writers" (Red Magazine)
"Perhaps the best introduction to another great original of the English novel, who learned from Firbank’s economy, but who had his own quite different imaginative world. Loving, set among the servants of an Irish country house, combines his superbly truthful ear for how people really speak with an unforgettable vein of surreal poetry" (Alan Hollinghurst New York Times)
"The most original, the best writer of his time" (Rebecca West)
"The most gifted prose writer of his generation" (V. S. Pritchett)
"Heartbreaking, funny and written with such luminous prose - he's the most brilliant, and neglected, of English writers"
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Yes - they are hard work on one level, but that's only because they break modern conventions of novel writing much as Wilf Self has done in Umbrella. However, once you fall into the rhythm of Green's lyrical dialogue it is no more difficult to read than a play and when he breaks from dialogue to describe a rare piece of location the images - for example, the conversations shouted over the sound of the relentlessly crashing surf in Loving - live on long after you have finished the book.
The work depends on delicate nuances of meaning inaccurate text destroys those
The result is like reading a text set down in dialect, or, in a strange way, Chaucer in the original. The experience is closer to absorbing the spoken word, to hearing talking rather than to reading writing, to the nature of 'parole' (direct speech) rather than 'ecriture' (written prose).
Should this be counted as experimental modernism? Maybe not. Whatever, the novel stresses voice in a manner not often encountered in English literature (Sam Selvon's The Lonely Londoners might be a point of comparison).
Do read it; do savour it.
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My comments and rating are not on the content of the book but on the edition.
The Vintage paperback edition is very poor quality - it is printed on cheap, thin paper and... Read more
the Kindle edition of this book, unless you like guessing where the full stops should be. The text hasn't been scanned properly and really shouldn't be on sale in this form.Published on 30 Aug. 2011 by enthymeme