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Book Title: The Dreaming Suburb|
The size of the: 667 KB
Edition: CORONET BOOKS
Date of issue: 1977
ISBN 13: 9780340150924
The author of the book: R.F. Delderfield
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:3.5 Stars
Mixed feelings about this. I love Delderfield's storytelling and the way he keeps you turning the pages. Each chapter could be a tv miniseries episode, switching between each of the Avenue's characters in turn as they pick themselves up from WW1 and brace themselves for the next war. I like that style of writing so I sort of enjoyed this.
My pet peeves:
The author had a fixation for names beginning with "E". Edith, Eunice, Eugene, Esther, Elaine, Esme, Edgar. I kid you not. And there were only a dozen or so characters total, making it all rather ludicrous.
Pet Peeve #2
The morals, or lack of. This is so Delderfield. I'm not saying there's anything explicit written here, no, it's not that kind of book. But it's the overall crude tone that bothers me. It gives the impression that the entire country was populated by dozens of male and female Charlie Sheens and Howard Sterns (One character even keeping a list of all the women he slept with for at least one week or more -he didn't bother to count the one night stands- and it tallied over 57! By the way, he had a wife somewhere, too). Other characters were just as ammoral, having no loyalty to anyone or anything and doing whatever, whenever. Now, these types of characters in the hands of the likes of Warwick Deeping would have at least come out of it chastened with an STD, but that doesn't seem to happen in a Delderfield.
So, bottom line:
I don't plan on re-reading this any time soon, and I have serious doubts about reading the sequel "The Avenue Goes To War". I don't know, perhaps Delderfield and I aren't such a great match after all and need to part ways. Still, I will always adore "Long Summer Day".
A fair amount of 'fade to black' sex, sexual scheming/ manipulation, mild profanity, mild violence.
Read information about the authorRonald Frederick Delderfield was a popular English novelist and dramatist, many of whose works have been adapted for television and are still widely read.
Several of Delderfield's historical novels and series involve young men who return from war and lead lives in England that allow the author to portray the sweep of English history and delve deeply into social history from the Edwardian era to the early 1960s.
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