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Doting

by Henry Green

PUBLISHED: 5th April 2011
ISBN: 9781846555626
ANNOTATION:
Satirizing the tedium of upper-middle-class life in post-war London, this novel depicts a world in which substance is far less important to anyone than appearance. The question asked throughout the text concerns the differences between doting and loving.
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PUBLISHED: 5th April 2011
ISBN: 9781846555626
ANNOTATION:
Satirizing the tedium of upper-middle-class life in post-war London, this novel depicts a world in which substance is far less important to anyone than appearance. The question asked throughout the text concerns the differences between doting and loving.

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Satirizing the tedium of upper-middle-class life in post-war London, this novel depicts a world in which substance is far less important to anyone than appearance. The question asked throughout the text concerns the differences between doting and loving.

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Satirizing the tedium of upper-middle-class life in post-war London, this novel depicts a world in which substance is far less important to anyone than appearance. The question asked throughout the text concerns the differences between doting and loving.

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While in Loving, Henry Green explored the baffling exhilarations of romance, and particularly romance below stairs, with a kind of bemused detachment, in his final novel Doting, he reflects a more resigned view, that of a long-married man observing love less as passion than as a set of habits. Arthur and Diana Middleton are middle-aged, upper-middle-class couple in post-Second-World-War London who become both painfully and farcically aware of the limitations of their lives together. The main object of their doting maybe their only son Peter, but Arthur's weakness for Annabel, a young lady of Peter's generation, brings the family to a crisis. Doting, a novel told almost entirely through dialogue, is among the most elegiac, most bitter-sweet of Henry Green's novels, and like his other wholly distinctive books, a small classic.

Author Biography

Henry Green was the pen name of Henry Vincent Yorke. Born in 1905 near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, England, he was educated at Eton and Oxford and went on to become managing director of an engineering business, writing novels in his spare time. His first novel, Blindness (1926) was written whilst he was still at school and published whilst he was at Oxford. He married in 1929 and had one son, and during the Second World War served in the London Fire Brigade. Between 1926 and 1952 he wrote nine novels, Blindness, Living, Party Going, Caught, Loving, Back, Concluding, Nothing and Doting, and a memoir, Pack My Bag. Henry Green died in December 1973

Product Details

Author
Henry Green
Pages
224
Year
2011
ISBN-10
1846555620
ISBN-13
9781846555626
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2011-04-05
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade