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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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Laurel Hicks
My first Gissing.
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: george-gissing
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
Robin Friedman
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
George Gissing (1857 -- 1903) was a late Victorian novelist whose best-known works are "New Grub Street," a story of the difficulty of the literary life in an age of commercialism and "The Odd Women," a novel which examines British feminism in the late 19th Century. Gissing's remaining novels tend to go in and out of print. They attract a small, if devoted, readership. Gissing was a realistic, if highly self-centered, author who tried to portray poor and lower-middle class London life as he foun ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gissing was a well known, if short lived, British writer of the late 19th century. His writing is thought to be a realistic view of Victorian Britain. Hilliard, the main character, unexpectedly is given 436 pounds. He quits his dead end job and decides to live on it for as long as the money will allow. But, instead he uses it to change the lives of two young women, also caught in dead end jobs. In some ways a romance, but not quite.
Onyango Makagutu
Interesting book about life. How money plays significant role in people's relationship
Patricia C
Okay - not as good as the Odd Women
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 18, 2009 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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