48th out of 95 books — 11 voters
The House of Cobwebs
It seems a great pity that houses should be standing empty like that. Are they quite uninhabitable? Couldn't one camp here during this fine summer weather? To tell you the truth, I'm looking for a room -- as cheap a room as I can get. Could you let me one for the next three months?'
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing
(first published June 1906)
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In tbe midst of a troubled and short life, George Gissing (1857 -1903) wrote prolifically about late Victorian England. His novels and stories have the charcoal-gray, realistic character of a writer who was trying to portray what he saw. Gissing's themes include portraying the unclassed, alienated intellectual or writer (a theme with autobiographical significance), the life of the poor and lower-middle classes in London, the effects of class structure upon human relations, the impact of material...more
George Gissing's lengthy, depressing novels about late-19C. London, such as THE NETHER WORLD, THE ODD WOMEN, BORN IN EXILE, and NEW GRUB STREET are difficult to get through (those titles convey his world view fairly well) so I was surprised to find how readable, and sometimes even humorous, his short stories are. Recommended to anyone interested in English literature of this period.
A delightful set of short stories. They are like slices of life - exquisitely executed glimpses. A couple were slightly unsatisfactory ending abruptly. I was particularly happy that it ended with a lovely and satisfying story - the Pig and Whistle.
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.More about George Gissing...