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by Christopher Isherwood

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The First World War is over. Eric Vernon is on the cusp of adulthood. Tall, bony and awkward he finds himself torn between a desire to emulate his heroic father, who led a life of quiet sacrifice, and resentment toward his father's roguish friend Edward Blake, who survived the war only to throw himself into gay life in Berlin. With subtle wit and trademark irony, Isherwood's second novel evokes a society in flux.… (more)
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Set in 1920, 1925 and 1928/29, this novel focuses on two sisters-in-law, Lily and Mary, and their families. The first world war is in the past, but its shadow still hangs over them—Lily cannot forget her husband who was killed and Edward, a friend, appears to never have fully recovered. Short and intense. ( )
  mari_reads | May 11, 2019 |
Three generations of Vernons, formerly of "Vernon Hall", then WW I and modern life brings changes. Socialism. Nostalgic ( )
  UPMarta | Nov 30, 2006 |
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The First World War is over. Eric Vernon is on the cusp of adulthood. Tall, bony and awkward he finds himself torn between a desire to emulate his heroic father, who led a life of quiet sacrifice, and resentment toward his father's roguish friend Edward Blake, who survived the war only to throw himself into gay life in Berlin. With subtle wit and trademark irony, Isherwood's second novel evokes a society in flux.

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