His Family (Classic Reprint)

His Family (Classic Reprint)

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by Ernest Poole
     
 

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His Family is a fictional novel by Ernest Poole. This novel tells the story of a middle-class family set against the gritty backdrop of New York City. Taking place at the turn of twentieth century, the novel benefits from modern romanticism of the 1910s as a fairytale age, the years before the first World War. This story centers around Roger Gale, a widower and…  See more details below

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His Family is a fictional novel by Ernest Poole. This novel tells the story of a middle-class family set against the gritty backdrop of New York City. Taking place at the turn of twentieth century, the novel benefits from modern romanticism of the 1910s as a fairytale age, the years before the first World War. This story centers around Roger Gale, a widower and family patriarch who struggles to deal with societal changes and in particular the changes his daughters and grandchildren undergo as society shifts into a new decade. As each of his daughters respond in a variety of ways to the situations they find themselves in, Roger is forced into acting as peacekeeper. He attempts to maintain the peace in a family challenged by conflict, in a world on the brink of war.

Exploring society of the 1910s, His Family gives voice to the impoverished immigrant children filling the streets of New York City without food or shelter. The book also examines changes in farming of livestock during the period and the introduction and impact of industrialization on agriculture . Finally, the book delves deeply into the impact of World War I. Exploring how the war affected not just individuals, but also the business community, the immigrant community of New York, and families who faced stark very stark realities of death and change.

The 1910s is wrought with a sundry of historic events such as wartime battles and the sinking of passenger ships which deeply altered individual lives and family lives as many soldiers and civilians paid the ultimate cost of war. This novel received the first Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1918. A work of art praised by critics, and that which stands out among other works of fiction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451001952
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
05/26/2015
Pages:
334
Sales rank:
1,022,152
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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His Family 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
puzzleman More than 1 year ago
Probably a good examination of women's issues in the early 20th century and an overview of the effects of WWI on America. The story is fair to good, but it is not a page-turner. There is too much description of scene and too many downers. The ending leaves you somewhat depressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this as part of my goal to read all the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winners. Ernest Poole's novel defines so well the experiences of understanding the world as a father through your children. The story takes up after his wife has died and his daughters have grown. His struggles to understand his children leads him to a insightful understanding of the larger world family that we all are a part of in this life. Ernest Poole seems to have sensed the changes in the values and ideals in society and captures that moment in time with beauty and insight. The novel does seem to lag slightly at first and then plunges deep into the heart and soul of what it means to be family on a nuclear level on up to our membership in the world family of human existence
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that the best aspect of reading this novel is the certainty of change. How one deals with it is as personal as the elements of the change at hand. The awarenesses brought to light in this novel of the time, customs, language, and norms are revealling (from a curiosity point), and pointed in that the 'issues' are the same with each generation, it seems. I didn't care for most of the descriptors in language, esp.when men spoke. It seemed abnormally 'rough.' Overall, i would recommend this book to others as it was recommended to me. An interesting view of family life; satisfying and intriging.
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