Henry Green Read-Along with Mookseandgripes, Proustitute, and a Few Others

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There has been a read-along of Henry Green before, when Stu hosted Henry Green Week in 2011, and there has been a read-along of an nyrb classic before, when Dorian and Scott hosted Hill. So I am super excited to announce another read-along beginning this November of Henry Green’s newly published books by nyrb press. It is hosted by The Mookse and the Gripes and Proustitute over at Goodreads.

The Year of Reading Henry Green, as the read-along is called, consists of one Henry Green book a month beginning in November. (The first two of his book will be published by nyrb press on October 18; you can see them pictured above.) So, the schedule is as follows:

November: Back

December: Loving

January: Caught

February: Blindness

March: Living

April: Party Going

There are three more of Green’s books to go, and the months to read those are as yet to be determined. But, this is surely enough to pique your interest and get you started should you decide to join the read-along whose members include so far:

Doesn’t it sound like fun?

p.s. Click on the link to read a fascinating article on Henry Green in the New Yorker.

Henry Green Week

Stu at Winstonsdad’s blog is hosting a Henry Green Week from January 23 through January 29. Since this is the first time I’ll be reading anything by Henry Green, I’ve chosen his book Loving * Living * Party Going.

“This volume brings together three of Henry Green’s intensely original novels. Green explored class distinctions through the medium of love, incidentally revealing, says John Updike in his reverent introduction, “what English prose fiction can do in this century.” Loving brilliantly contrasts the lives of servants and masters in an Irish castle during World War II, Living those of workers and owners in a Birmingham iron foundry. Party Going presents a party of wealthy travelers stranded by fog in a London railway hotel while throngs of workers await trains in the station below. Each novel amply illustrates why Green was one of the most admired writers of his time.” (back cover of the Penguin edition)

 

“The most gifted prose writer of his generation.” V. S. Pritchett

“Green’s books remain solid and glittering as gems…They are not, like so many contemporary noels, mere slices of life but highly successful attempts at making art give meaning to life.” -Anthony Burgess

“The most original…the best writer of his time.” -Rebecca West

I’ve just finished Loving which reminds me so much of the original Upstairs, Downstairs as well as Downton Abbey. It is a wonderful portrayal of the servants in the castle, such that I feel I am dwelling among them.