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Time of Hope

(Strangers and Brothers #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  27 reviews
The life of Lewis Eliot - documented across eleven novels with C. P. Snow's distinctive blend of precision and compassion - begins in Time of Hope.

The novel opens in the summer of 1914 when nine-year-old Lewis hears the news of his father's bankruptcy, and closes in 1933, when, although hindered in his promising career as a lawyer by the neuroses of his wife, he realises t
Paperback, 516 pages
Published February 22nd 2018 by Policy Press (first published 1949)
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Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no particularly high expectations for this novel. In fact I wanted to read another book by C.P.Snow; his famous and influential lecture The Two Cultures . But then I discovered that there was a new e-book edition of this 11-volume-series and I immediately fell in love with the shiny black cover of volume one (the others are blackish too; and black is my color) and bought it for a ridiculously low price. I don’t regret it. I love reading these overly long (4100 pages in this case) novels i ...more
Tom Storer
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C.P. Snow's "Strangers and Brothers" series, published between 1940 and 1970 and following 1st-person protagonist Lewis Eliot and his friends, family and acquaintances from 1914 through the 1960's, begins with "Time of Hope" (first published in 1949--not the first published but the first in the chronological sequence of the narrative).

In it we see Lewis Eliot's first personal drama, the bankruptcy of his amiable but unfocused father; his arrival, through excellent academic performance, on the b
Prakash Panangaden
The first book of a long saga narrated by Lewis Eliot. The writing appeals to me as it is just the sort of English that I was brought up on. I found the tale of hopeless love quite gripping. Eliot's professional success seems to come a little too easily and there were too many coincidences and strokes of good fortune. The insight into life in England in the 1920s was wonderful. There were some slang words, e.g. "sunket", that I did not recognize.
محمد حسن خليفة
كتاب جميل وبسيط من إصدرات مجلة الفيصل السعودية.
فكرة الكتاب مهمة، وإن تم تناولها الآن بشكل أوسع وأفضل.
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1) 'A Time of Hope'
After what seemed like a lifetime clerking in a council office, Lewis had resolved to break free: free from Leicester, free from his class, and free from his past. The ticket to his new life was passing the exam to study at the bar in London. It is July 1927. Lewis is 22 and George Passant, his night school teacher, is throwing a party to celebrate his success for passing the exams.

Dramatised by Jonathan Holloway from C. P. Snow's 1949 novel, "Time of Hope".

With Adam Godley
Susan Zinner
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in the 11-volume C.P. Snow Strangers and Brothers series (my summer reading!). The first novel introduces Lewis Elliot, his education and meeting Sheila, whom he eventually marries, and the beginning of his legal career. Well-written and the details provide an interesting look at life in the U.K. in the 1920s.
Mrs Jane
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book (in chronological order of the entire story) in the 'Strangers and Brothers' series. Immensely readable - you will want to read all of them, although a few are a little harder to get into. C.P. Snow is little known/read these days, which is a pity as the books are very good.
Mahmed Sayed
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
انا قرأت ترجمو المركز القومى للترجمة فى مصر ترجمة مصطفي ابرهيم فهمى الترجمة جيدة جدا الكتاب مفيد جدا لكن فى مشكلة مع الكاتب انه بيكلب بطريقة ابوية او سيادية عندما يتطرق للمواضيع العالمية زى اقتراح لمساعدة الهند وده بيضايقنى جدا
MuHammad El-WaKeel
قرأته بترجمة مميزة لـ(لطيفة الدليمي ) من عدد مجلة (الفيصل ) الشهر ده.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
I really like the writing of C P Snow. For some while, I had thought that I would like to re-read the Strangers & Brothers series. I have read it piecemeal when I was younger, more determined by my ability to find books in the series rather than anything else. This time round, I plan to read the books in the chronological order of the narrative, almost like a series of biography.

Although Time of Hope is the third book in the series to be written, it chronicles the early life of Lewis Elliot
Simon Mcleish
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on my blog here in July 2001.

My first acquaintance with Snow's Strangers and Brothers sequence came - I think - in the early eighties, when I watched an excellent TV adaptation before reading the whole series. Now, twenty years later, my memory of this has been stirred by recently reading Powell's Dance to the Music of Time, and so I'm reading them again. The central character of the series, Lewis Elliot, comes from a family on the borders of middle and working class, born i
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: interwar-novel
This novel is engaging and highly readable, although I found the main character objectionable. If I have time, I shall get back to this review and write a proper appreciation. Suffice to say for the moment that CP Snow tells a story with ease and grace, very much in the manner of an upper working class Somerset Maugham, with the same vivid character description, the same relentless snobbery. As in Somerset Maugham, love is a fatality. People fall in love with wildly inappropriate persons and the ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such brave and honest and perceptive narration. Brave to have a first person narrator who has so much to dislike about him. Brave to have a major female role who is, if anything, even harder to like. But we care about them. We believe in them. For long parts of this novel I was clear in my intention. I know it's the first of a big series of books but I had no intention of reading more than this one. In the last hundred pages I have changed my mind. I will read part two but I'll wait a while firs ...more
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review discusses the entire Strangers and Brothers sequence:

Can't remember why I picked this up nearly 30 years ago (when it was readily available in a 3 volume edition) but I'll go to the mat for it in any discussion of great British literature, or at least compulsively readable and enjoyable British literature. Though it seems to be occupying a critical low point these days, I keep my set proudly on the shelf and certainly hope to reread it when time allows. The novels move roughly chrono
Jan 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lent this book by a friend, she likes to try things out on me first, I shan't be rushing out to find more by this author.
The protagonist of the novel (Lewis Eliot) looks back on his life and career in the law. The rather detached style of writing and the unlikeable characters kept me a distance and are never drew me in. It is as much an analysis of failures as of successes. Not difficult to read, though a few of the authors mannerisms such as using an identical phrase more than once in a
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book, a bit irregular, but the characters are sufficiently well defined to make one want to know what will happen to them and generally to care about them. The big flaw is the relationship between Lewis Eliot, the narrator, and his unsuitable love interest, later is wife, which becomes more and more problematic as the story develop. While you can understand his being obsessed by her and wanting to marry her at all cost, Snow is less successful in explaining why Lewis wants to stay ...more
Virginia Rounding
One of the favourite books of my life. I first read it when I was 15 & it has, almost without my knowing it, accompanied me ever since. I've always liked Lewis Eliot as a narrator who is flawed & knows his own imperfections, & many of the places in his life - especially Bloomsbury - have been mine too.
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british
The is the second book written in the "Strangers and Brothers" series, but was intended as the first to be read. I read it second. This whole sseries seems to be all a gigantic soap opera through the first half of the 20th Century. How little war or world events intrude. Captivating, though. I will keep chugging through it.
Giles Denmark

was a bit laborious towards the end and the author took a few short cuts

however a satisfactory read
Dec 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
A very interesting series, next ones promise to be good as well.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good character development. If the series is read in order by primary characters chronological age the next two books that follow (written earlier) may disappoint, but don't give up.
Ali Miremadi
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
فكرة مهمة، ولكن الترجمة سيئة جدا
والكاتب استطرد بلا داع في مواطن كثيرة.
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much one of the class conscience school of fiction that was about in the 40s and 50s.
Interesting as a hark back to the time before Strangers and brothers
Great book - sets the early years basis for the rest of the series.
Elaine Thompson
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in 6th form when I read this, an found I rewarding, if rather bleak
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“For at this stage in our youth we can hold two kinds of anticipation of love, which seem contradictory and yet coexist and reinforce each other. We can dream delicately because even to imagine it is to touch one of the most sacred of our hopes, of searching for the other part of ourselves, of the other being who will make us whole, of the ultimate and transfiguring union. At the same time we can gloat over any woman, become insatiably curious about the brute facts of the pleasures which we are then learning or which are just to come. In that phase we are coarse and naked, and anyone who has forgotten his youth will judge that we are too tangled with the flesh ever to forget ourselves in the ecstasy of romantic love. But in fact, at this stage in one's youth, the coarseness and nakedness, the sexual preoccupations, the gloating over delights to come, are - in the secret heart where they take place - themselves romantic. They are a promise of joy.” 0 likes
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