A misadventure in a brothel links the destiny of the enigmatic George Hardy, a surgeon and amateur photographer, to a foundling who becomes his obsessively devoted maid, a wily street boy who takes advantage of his sexual ambiguity, and his alte ...more
The Master Georgie of the title is George Hardy, a surgeon and amateur photographer. His story is told alternately by three other characters. Myrtle is a foundling brought up by the Hardy’s after being fo ...more
yup, another book I'm getting rid of today ... short, but as a hardcover it's taking up over 1/2 inch of shelf space ... shame!
Suppose you teach creative writing, and you've given an assignment (call it a term paper) to write a novella. Your star pupil, Ms. Bainbridge, turns in something called Master Georgie (forget the "a novel", at maybe 50-55000 words, this is a novella, as assigned).
Okay, you read it, and enjoy it quite a bit. Also, you're pretty impressed with some of ...more
Master Georgie in one tweet-sized chunk:
Short and apparently simple, Master Georgie is an enjoyable snapshot of lives and the Crimean War.
It is a rare delight to encounter a book of such apparent simplicity as Master Georgie. The narration – split between three voices – is compelling and smooth, the prose wonderfully uncluttered. It is overloaded neither with explicit themes or complicated ideas. There is no sense of a writer trying to be clever. Master Georgie is storytelling of ...more
But is it a "good read" for the casual reader? No, I'm afraid it wasn't. I found the plot far too fragmented; it required great leaps of imagination - or diligent back checking - ...more
If it is supposed to be a love story, it wasn't a good one. I didn't care about the characters. Each chapter is told by a different character and you sometimes had to be a page into the chapter before you could figure out who was narrating.
This is my last Bainbridg ...more
( Beryl, every time they’d overlook her )
( Beryl, the tobacco overtook her )
When she got a Booker medal
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave It’s too late, you dabblers
It’s all too late" ("Beryl" - Mark Knopfler)
Five times the Bridesmaid, but never the Bride. When she did become "The Bride", "she was dead in the grave". Posthumously "they" did award her a Booker, a special award to the one they thought was the best among her five nominees, which "Master Geo ...more
Beryl Bainbridge said (possibly tongue in cheek), that most people needed to read this book three times before they understood it. Well I read it once, too quickly probably, and definitely feel I didn't understand it. Unless, of course, that is the point (which would be why Bainbridge might have had her tongue in her cheek).
Calling the six parts (chapters) of the book "plates" might be a clue. At the time in which the novel (novella?) is set, photography was in its infancy, and w...more
The subject is quite gruesome. The characters were not likeable. There are 3 different narrators and they all speak with the same voice. (If you have read "Poisonwood Bible" you know how effective it is to have narrators who speak in different voices.)
I really like this. It sort of meanders around, and as other people have said, it doesn't have much of a plot or a drive to it, which I did find a little off-putting.
What I liked about it was the sense that the themes of the novel are visible from the corner the narrativ ...more
However, I didn't really get a sense of what the overall narrative was trying to achieve. The second half of the book became a bit of a slog. Certa ...more
Master Georgie is one of those curious exceptions, in my opinion, in that it was "okay". Apart from an enormous plot hole towards the beginning and a notable coincidence, ...more
The plot takes place during the Crimean War and follows differing characters through each chapter, leaving the reader to guess at who is narrating. Each successive chapter is a sort of snapshot of an event, based on the use of early camera work and developing photographs.
The story left me a little confused–why are these people in the Cr ...more
The book is based around a Master George Moody a doctor and medical photographer and is told in 6 photographic plates by three very different characters, Myrtle the adopted orphan sister, Pompey Jones a street urchin turned photographer's assistant and George's brother-in-law Doctor Potter. Myrtle is the most devoted to Georgie despite him seemingly having no interest in women period, Pompey is more pragma ...more
The first 2 narrations take place in and around Liverpool city centre and also Ince Blundell (very close to my childhood home). The s ...more
The story follows several people in the circle of the eponymous Master Georgie. Each gets to narrate for a short time and we learn the intricacies of this group of followers who adore the hero without really understanding him. Like many people who attract little coteries of admirers, Georgie ...more
This is ...more
Incredible book. I loved it.