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Book Title: Living|
The author of the book: Henry Green
Edition: Reprint Services Corp
Date of issue: May 1st 1988
ISBN 13: 9780781200370
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he writes like child would write, child describing world they see day in day out; child sees the world, lives in it, doesn't want to live in it, lives in it still. it is purposeful sort of writing - most explicitly in decision to not include many articles, conjunctions - it is primitive sort of writing as well. makes sense. Green is depicting lives at most primitive, "Living" at most basic: birth, school, work, death. Green has even hand: lives of factory workers, upper class knobs, given same treatment. mournful, frustratingly rote lives full of repetition, barely-formed plans that never go as planned. lives full of spite, smallness, disappointment. sad lives, though only sad to those living outside of it. to those in it: it is what it is. it is what they have, why try to wonder what another life could be like - even lives they dream of are lives that are extensions of circular traps they live in now. alas!
but is easy for me to say, alas, rendered complacent from happy hour drinks with colleagues from workplace, watching reality tv, scoffing, writing review from perspective of gent named mark monday with little to no concerns about money, working at place that gives what he'd like to think is meaning in life. these factory lads, these factory old-timers, these wives, these wives-to-be, these upper class factory owners, their meaningless ways... dreamlike lives, grey rainy dreams. perhaps they find their own sort of meaning in their lives, rich and poor alike. what is this "meaning" anyway? Green doesn't know, maybe me either. maybe meaning is just another word for trying to survive with your head up, like you matter, like your feelings matter. we can all relate, right? even if we don't want to. what does it all amount to, what does living even matter? let's just try to get by, try not to realize that living, living, is what should be our life's work.
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Read information about the authorHenry Green was the nom de plume of Henry Vincent Yorke.
Green was born near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, into an educated family with successful business interests. His father Vincent Wodehouse Yorke, the son of John Reginald Yorke and Sophia Matilda de Tuyll de Serooskerken, was a wealthy landowner and industrialist in Birmingham. His mother, Hon. Maud Evelyn Wyndham, was daughter of the second Baron Leconfield. Green grew up in Gloucestershire and attended Eton College, where he became friends with fellow pupil Anthony Powell and wrote most of his first novel, Blindness. He studied at Oxford University and there began a friendship and literary rivalry with Evelyn Waugh.
Green left Oxford in 1926 without taking a degree and returned to Birmingham to engage in his family business. He started by working with the ordinary workers on the factory floor of his family's factory, which produced beer-bottling machines, and later became the managing director. During this time he gained the experience to write Living, his second novel, which he worked on during 1927 and 1928. In 1929, he married his second cousin, the Hon. Adelaide Biddulph, also known as 'Dig'. They were both great-grandchildren of the 1st Baron Leconfield. Their son Sebastian was born in 1934. In 1940, Green published Pack My Bag, which he regarded as a nearly-accurate autobiography. During World War II Green served as a fireman in the Auxiliary Fire Service and these wartime experiences are echoed in his novel Caught; they were also a strong influence on his subsequent novel, Back.
Green's last published novel was Doting (1952); this was the end of his writing career. In his later years, until his death in 1973, he became increasingly focused on studies of the Ottoman Empire, and became alcoholic and reclusive. Politically, Green was a traditional Tory throughout his life.
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