Monday, 28 November 2011

Henry Green Week with Stu

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments - they do mean the world to me.  I get very nervous about changing how my blog appears (goodness knows why I would get nervous about it, but... I do!) so I'm chuffed to bits.

A quick post today - something I missed out of my last Weekend Miscellany, because I hadn't spotted it - Stu (from the blog Winston's Dad) is planning Henry Green Week January 23-29 next year.  I announced all the way back in May that I intended to read some of my newly-acquired Henry Green novels soon.  And, of course, I still haven't - but I'm more than keen to join in with Stu's planned week.  Basically, pick one or more Green novels and join in!  These are the ones I have at my disposal:



Doting, Back, Party Going, Blindness, and Concluding.

I can't decide between starting with Blindness, because it was his first - or with Party Going, because it's the one I've heard great things about.  Or maybe even both!

Let me know - and let Stu know - if you're thinking about joining in... c'mon, if you all did it for Anita Brookner, you can definitely do it for Henry Green.

13 comments:

  1. I could find only one Henry Green amongst the old Penguins, no. 958 Loving. It was recommended to me recently as a book I should read soon, and so I think I will join you and Stu, and read it in January.

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  2. I'm in! I want to read Loving because it is on the Modern Library's 100 best list. Two birds, one stone.

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  3. I will definitely join in because I am already a massive admirer of Henry Green. I have read Loving and Party Going and am actually reading Concluding at the moment. Loving has been my favourite so far. He is a truly remarkable writer and not nearly well enough known. So this is a great idea.

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  4. Karyn - I did spot that Loving was a Penguin, and hoped you might join in with that one!

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  5. Ruthiella - lovely! I'd better pick a more obscure one, though, to balance out all the Loving reading...

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  6. Harriet - I was trying to find your Green reviews, but couldn't find them through Google. You are part of my inspiration to dive into Green!

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  7. Very much like the blog facelift!
    I've always wanted to read Green, too. I waver between LOVING and PARTY GOING as my Green entry point. I need to add more variety to my reading next year. The crime fiction inundation left me wanting in the last half of this year. Found A LOT of duds I never finished reading. I always feel cheated and I've wasted my time when that happens.

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  8. Simon they are here http://harrietdevine.typepad.com/harriet_devines_blog/2011/07/loving.html
    and here http://harrietdevine.typepad.com/harriet_devines_blog/2011/07/party-going.html
    and a review of Concluding will be up tomorrow!

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  9. Simon I love the work you've had done with the place! I meant to tell you yesterday but alas my internet cut short as I was commenting! Blasted free neighbor internet!

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  10. I'm definitely joining in with this, I've only read a couple of Henry Green novels but loved them. He should be better known. Thanks for letting us know Simon!

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  11. I have Loving, Living and Party-Going sitting unread here, so will make a note to join in.

    Like the new look, by the way!

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  12. John - thank you! And those do seem to be the most popular Green choices, so perhaps you can't go wrong with those. Finishing a mediocre book does always feel like a waste of time - somehow worse than reading a bad book, because then at least you feel you can give up at any point.

    Dan - thank you my friend! (And the perils of living outside the law!)

    Helen - lovely, I shall look to you for advice when the week rolls around!

    Tanya - thank you so much :) And I look forward to your participation in Henry Green week!

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