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by Henry Green
     
 

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One-legged Charley Summers is finally home from the war, after several years in a German prison camp, only to find he must now deal with the death of his lover Rose. A shell-shocked romantic--slow, distant, and dreamy--he begins to have trouble telling Rose's half-sister Nancy apart from Rose herself, now buried in the village churchyard. Coping and failing to cope

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One-legged Charley Summers is finally home from the war, after several years in a German prison camp, only to find he must now deal with the death of his lover Rose. A shell-shocked romantic--slow, distant, and dreamy--he begins to have trouble telling Rose's half-sister Nancy apart from Rose herself, now buried in the village churchyard. Coping and failing to cope with the quiet realities of daily life, Charley's delusions elevate his timid courtship of a practical and unremarkable young woman into an amnesiac love story both comic and disturbing. A contemporary of Anthony Powell and Evelyn Waugh, Henry Green was one of the greatest English novelists of the twentieth century, and Back is his most haunting and personal work.

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Editorial Reviews

Anthony Burgess
“Green's books remain solid and glittering as gems.”
V. S. Pritchett
“Green belongs to the mad tradition in English literature—Sterne, Carroll, Firbank, and Mrs. Woolf.”
From the Publisher

"The best writer of his time."-Rebecca West

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New York Herald Tribune
“Nobody writes novels quite like Henry Green . . . His characters . . .
dance to a tune of his own as precise and stylized as a sonata.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564785442
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
03/12/2009
Series:
British Literature Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
939,838
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Rebecca West
The best writer of his time.
Anthony Burgess
Green's books remain solid and glittering as gems.

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