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Eve's Ransom

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri ...more
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Aug 09, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In 1893 Gissing had hoped to write an industrial novel to be
called "The Iron Gods" and started out on a holiday to Weymouth
and Cotswolds to find inspiration but as usual domestic
disturbances with Edith threw his life into chaos and the novel
was never finished. Parts of it were recycled into "Eve's
Ransom", a book that Gissing felt ashamed to have written but
with the ever increasing costs of a growing family he could not
resist the temptation of the easy money short novels and stories
offered. Giss
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Mar 04, 2015 Ken Averill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The short novel form suits George Gissing, this is only a couple of hundred pages in the edition I borrowed, without the subplots but still very much redolent with that distinctive voice: wry, disillusioned, half hopeless and yet still finding beauty amid the rundown late Victorian world. Maurice works on the outskirts of Birmingham as an industrial draughtsman, slogging away in a thankless job, in an ugly environment of Midland factories. A businessman from Liverpool who cheated Maurice's late ...more
MeiLin Miranda
An odd, old-fashioned book, the kind I like, "Eve's Ransom" is the story of a man who determines almost on a whim to rescue a young woman from a life of drudgery. As I read, I kept thinking of Rebecca West's The Judge, though that novel is far superior. Something about Gissing's Eve and Hilliard reminds me of West's Ellen and Richard. I shall have to tease out exactly what later...
Oct 22, 2009 Ferris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
George Gissing's novel, "Eve's Ransom" is a character study of a man and a woman and their frailties. It is a good story, if a tad predictable. It is only predictable, however, because Gissing does such a good job of telling the story, and the characters are timeless, unfortunately. There is a touch of nobility along with selfishness, and also a bit of the fatigue of struggling financially through life and the toll that it takes.
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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.
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