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Nothing, Doting, Blindness

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  6 reviews

These three brilliant novels span Henry Green's career as a novelist and display his unique talents as a writer. Nothing is a tale of the merry-go-round of love, marriage and infidelity, and the ceaseless tussle of innocence versus experience. Doting sets the middle-aged male infatuation for pretty girls against the comfortable affection
Paperback, 528 pages
Published November 6th 2008 by Vintage Classics (first published 1979)
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Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in highly self-conscious, literary prose
I've finally finished Blindness by Henry Green. I found the first 2 sections extremely difficult but loved the third and final one. I found suddenly that if I read the prose as though I were reading poetry it flowed much more easily & made more sense as well.
Blindness is the story of a very young man (18 or 19) who is returning home from school for a brief holiday when he blinded in an accident while riding the train. The book (as can be inferred from the above) is not much concerned with p
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: c20th, britain
Nothing, by British author Henry Green (1905-1973) is a sly comedy of manners that is almost Shakespearean in its twists and turns. It features a young couple who become engaged to marry but – having discovered some gossip – fear that they may be siblings, because their respective parents had an affair in the past. The engagement offers opportunities for their parents to have renewed close contact, which in turn creates jealousies from their respective suitors, and a denouément that is breathtak ...more
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Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Earlier I wanted to say how surprised I was at how much this HG novel, NOTHING, reminded me of D. Barthelme. But, I couldn't find good representative passages in either NOTHING or 60 STORIES, and then I got distracted. But, it surprises me! It's the dialogue: there's a ton of dialogue (in a bunch of different formats, I had forgotten that!) in Barthelme, and NOTHING is almost exclusively back and forth dialogue between pairs of people. It's witty and quippy in both books, and tinged with despair ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haven't read Blindness yet but he other two are his last two novel--mostly dialogue, great departure from his earlier masterpieces. Not quite a successful perhaps but another chapter (the final one, alas) in his restless project to tell stories in the most truthful way. Not for everyone but one of the mostly undervalued writers of the century.
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great collection of works by a masterful author; his witty dialogue and humour were a delight to experience. I only feel silly in first thinking, "these characters are SUCH GREAT FRIENDS... wait, are they actually? ... wait, oh, OHHHH, oh dear."
Aug 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first two books in this collection are darker than Green's other books, and less dense. The last one is his first book, and not as good.
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Henry Green was the nom de plume of Henry Vincent Yorke.

Green was born near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, into an educated family with successful business interests. His father Vincent Wodehouse Yorke, the son of John Reginald Yorke and Sophia Matilda de Tuyll de Serooskerken, was a wealthy landowner and industrialist in Birmingham. His mother, Hon. Maud Evelyn Wyndham, was daughter of the second B