The Glittering Prizes
Frederic Raphael's brilliant and absorbing portrait of a group of young men and women pursuing the 'Glittering Prizes' of life--whatever they imagine them to be - has long been considered a classic. Spanning the period from the 1950s to the 1970s, a time when English society was changing with disconcerting speed, the characters are first seen as students at Cambridge,...more
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"The Glittering Prizes" was first published in the mid 1970's and almost immediately made into a highly acclaimed BBC television series. Indeed, there's Tom Conti (the ...more
There's barely any description of the characters who blithely appear, reappear several chapters later. Everyone is frightfully witty and toss away French phrases as if everyone knows them (Probably in the 50s and 70s if you went to Cambridge you did).
Basically, anyone who went to Cambridge in the ...more
The novel has a huge cast of characters which at times becomes confusing (middle chapters) so a key at the start of the book would be helpful. In those days it ...more
Hmm really hard to not bump it to five, we'll see how it sits.