The Whirlpool

The Whirlpool Harvey Rolfe s modest inheritance allows him to live quietly on the edge of the social and commercial bustle of London But despite his efforts at detachment books and private pleasures provide him wi

  • Title: The Whirlpool
  • Author: George Gissing William Greenslade
  • ISBN: 9780460877817
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • Harvey Rolfe s modest inheritance allows him to live quietly on the edge of the social and commercial bustle of London But despite his efforts at detachment, books and private pleasures provide him with no real refuge Bankruptcy and suicide bring the world s tumult to his door, together with Alma Frothingham.

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    2 thoughts on “The Whirlpool

    1. George Robert Gissing was an English novelist who published twenty three novels between 1880 and 1903 From his early naturalistic works, he developed into one of the most accomplished realists of the late Victorian era.

    2. This is my favourite Gissing novel - everything close and bitter to his heart came together in this book - dysfunctionalfamilies, (Gissing was an expert) women's vanity and his veryforward thinking ideas on children's development. The 1890swere the time of his greatest literary success but privatelyhe was in the depths of despair.Harvey Rolfe (who was Gissing's voice in the novel) marriesAlma Frothingham. There are ominous signs before they are wed.Alma's philosophy is that she wants to live lif [...]

    3. George Gissing's novel "The Whirlpool" is a grim, pessimistic and thoughtful examination of materialistic, fast-paced urban life and of the difficulties of what today is frequently described as companionate marriage. Of all Gissing's novels, this book is probably the most modernistic in tone. Published in 1897, "The Whirlpool" is a late work of Gissing (1857 -- 1903. It was written after the author had achieved a degree of critical and popular recognition after writing in relative obscurity for [...]

    4. I like George Gissing, but this isn't the place to start: read New Grub Street (the cut-throat world of late Victorian publishing) or The Odd Women (proto-feminism!) first.In a Gissing novel you can expect: 90% of relationships between men and women are doomed, most women are weak-minded and/or selfish, and there's a general sense of social Darwinism in the worldview. Nevertheless, his books are worth it for their interesting, often unusual settings and social commentary, and for a cast of well- [...]

    5. This is the story of upper-middle class late-Victorian families/couples following the collapse of a bank. This is Gissing's last big novel written in 1897. The real drama centres around Alma, a young girl of 20, who's father's shameful performance lead to the banks losses and his suicide. She has to go abroad to make plans and further her questionable musical career; she has two admirers follow her Cyrus Redgrave a wealthy bachelor (who makes an indecent proposal in the most understated Victoria [...]

    6. Good premise and vivid characters but disappointing plot points and missed opportunitiesStock market crash, failed banks, violin recitals, accidental homicide, sensationalist jury trialwhat should/ could have been a compelling read was instead a pretty boring exercise. gissing keeps cutting from a scenes most dramatic moments to describing them weeks later when all the tension has been cut and the characters are tacitly dealing with the aftermath. Toward the final pages the death of a pivotal ch [...]

    7. Yeah, not bad. Unlike the three other Gissing books that I have read, this one is about the idle rich. To me, it did not seem a million miles away from a contemporary book. The attitudes are late Victorian, but the writing style is literary fiction. The book it reminded me most of was Anne Tyler's An Amateur Marriage, although, thinking back, An Amateur Marriage was better written.

    8. Not a timeless novel in the manner of Madame Bovary but a novel that has withstood the test of time well to commentate on late Victorian upper class society and family. Blackmail, gender inequality, education, and country vs London life are also active themes. Probably appeals to Anglophiles more than others.

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