Concluding

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Considered by Henry Green to be one of his best novels, Concluding tells the story of the strange events events that occur in a single day at a State-run school for girls. Retired scientist Mr. Rock, "an old man in love with his goose," lives in a cottage with his adult granddaughter Elizabeth. Bordering the grounds of the school, the cottage -- which the State has given Rock for the duration of his life in gratitude for his scientific contributions -- is coveted by the school's...

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Overview

Considered by Henry Green to be one of his best novels, Concluding tells the story of the strange events events that occur in a single day at a State-run school for girls. Retired scientist Mr. Rock, "an old man in love with his goose," lives in a cottage with his adult granddaughter Elizabeth. Bordering the grounds of the school, the cottage -- which the State has given Rock for the duration of his life in gratitude for his scientific contributions -- is coveted by the school's two spinsterish governesses, Misses Edge and Baker.

As the story opens, two students are missing. The resultant search for their whereabouts raises numerous fears and questions: have they been harmed? have they left on their own, alone? or have they perhaps been persuaded by the school's only male instructor, Sebastian Birt? how will the governesses keep the news from parents and State authorities until the girls have been found and an acceptable story contrived? will Rock report them for negligence? Meanwhile, as rumors and versions of the girls' disappearance spread through the school, and the governesses attempt to conceal their alarm by preparing for the school's tenth annual Founders Day Ball, the seemingly innocent proceedings take on an air of mystery, intrigue, and impending doom.

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Green's 1948 novel won high praise from the likes of Anthony Burgess and John Updike. The obtuse plot offers up an odd string of characters and events at a girls' school when two of the students go missing. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564782533
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: British Literature Series
  • Edition description: 1ST DALKEY
  • Pages: 213
  • Sales rank: 1,019,448
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Green is the pen-name for Henry Vincent Yorke, the son of a prosperous Midlands industrialist. He was born near Tewkesbury in 1905 and was educated at Eton and Oxford, where he wrote his first novel, Blindness, published in 1926. He entered the family business on the factory-floor, and went on to run the firm while writing eight other novels (all to be reissued as Harvill paperbacks). For Angus Wilson he was "one of the few really considerable English novelists of our time", while W.H. Auden considered him to be "the finest living English novelist". Henry Green died in 1973.

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    Posted February 22, 2014

    TO BRAVE PACK!

    Sorry guys, no time to type up the whole speel today! You can read the update at 'grace' res three or ' wolf' res one! Please ACTUALLY READ IT! ~ andromeda.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2011

    Wonderful! In the style of Loving and Party-Going...

    ...a whodunit where one of the primary mysteries is whether anything sinister has happened at all! Contains the same representation of interpersonal goings-on that first attracted me to Green's novels--it's tense and sexy and honest. And, according the back cover, "considered by Green to be one of his best novels." Highly recommend!

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