Concluding

Concluding

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by Henry Green
     
 

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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

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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.

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:
784,709
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Henry Green was the pen name of Henry Vincent Yorke. He was born in 1905 at the family home of his parents, near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, England, and was educated at Eton and Oxford. He worked at the family engineering firm for most of his life and pursued a parallel career as a novelist. He married in 1928 and had one son. During WWII he served in the London Fire Brigade. He died in December 1973.

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