E towards the need to claim exclusive rights and towards LOVING A person who chooses merely to participate in the relationship puzzle on the surface risks being left alone in the end surrounded by LOVING unhappy couplesIf you just look at that surface of course without digging deeper there is not much difference between DOTING and LOVING to the point that a LOVING dialogue between spouses is almost word for word reproduced between DOTING lovers one of which is married On a deeper level however there is an ocean between those dialogues You can love almost anyone as long as you don t expect to be happy is the CONCLUDING wisdom Somehow it is still worth it Henry Green seems to say as he lets his characters continue their boring frustrating yet LOVING relationships after an interval of highly emotional turmoil in the realm of DOTINGFew people would be honest enough to speak about the problematic feelings involved in
LOVING AND MANY PEOPLE MISTAKE DOTING FOR LOVING BLISS and many people mistake DOTING for LOVING Bliss when those *Two Words Coincide Every Once *words coincide every once a while That is when deep understanding of yourself and another person is possibleFrom LOVING to DOTING I have moved from DOTING to LOVING It is time for CONCLUDING Five friends become intertwined in a twisted circle of affairs in this short novel written almost completely in dialogue Green is reat at that thing called verisimilitude and all of the benefits of using dialogue to enhance story telling can be seen in his writing The novel is broken into short scenes where usually no than two of the main characters are present It is interesting to see all of the different character pairings and how each character speaks and perceives things depending on who they are talking to The book suffers a bit from the heavy outdated English vernacular and it sometimes seems like the characters exist in a sort of white space because there is nearly no exposition I liked it overall but not as much as Nothing the other Henry Green I ve read Eh A roup of British people all want to sleep with each other but it ets COMPLICATED because some of them are MARRIED and some of them are the CHILDREN of their FRIENDS The novel is done almost entirely in dialogue which was interesting for the first 20 pages and then rapidly became dull and two dimensional Henry Green might still be a reat writer but I wish this book hadn t been my introduction to him 35 A satiric comedy of manners about a middle aged married couple in London after WWII Arthur Middleton has a straying eye courting a young female friend of his sons while his wife looks on She reciprocates by beginning a relationship with one of Arthur s friends Biting and witty this novel is mostly dialogue and moves very uickl. Ger woman Their relationship sets into motion a series of intertwining affairs between five close friends less concerned with love than with their attempts to keep the other lovers apart. Urney to discover all of his
NINE NOVELS NOW READING DOTING HIS novels Now reading DOTING his work and my eighth Henry Green wanting to conclude with CONCLUDING made me mix up the chronology of his novels I realise that the novel LOVING actually initiated my DOTING on Henry Green while I am now capable of saying reading DOTING that I am LOVING his words Eh Well trying to make sense of the strange and intricate web of feelings that human beings develop for each other Henry Green muses on the difference between DOTING and LOVING and in his last novel DOTING he is CONCLUDING that there actually is a clear distinction What s he at now Mr Middleton asked An anthology of love poetry he s to call Doting Don t you agree it s a marvellous title Well you know doting to me is not loving I don t follow she said with a small frown To my mind love must include adoration of course but if you just dote on a irl you don t *Necessarily Go So Far As *go so far as love her Loving oes deeper Well she suggested perhaps the same words could mean different things to men and women Possibly he said Perhaps not And Henry Green adds a layer to the depth of love LOVING as opposed to DOTING hurts It is exclusive and comes with rights and duties and arrangements beyond passion adoration and attraction It is sometimes annoying boring and frustrating but the commitment of LOVING makes people endure the negative aspects and continue together despite pain The deeper feeling of absolute belonging is bought at the price of familiarity and ownership which kills DOTINGOf all Henry Green s novels this one hurt most to read A strange thing to say considering the fact that other stories describe much dramatic situations set during the war or dealing with death and criminal offences It is true regardless This one hurt most The complete honesty with which he demonstrates the dynamics of a long term marriage is hard to swallow at times If they are LOVING each other how can they engage in other affairs DOTING on the excitement of a new coupling constellation How can they hurt each other so muchThe answer is in the strange pendulum movement between LOVING and DOTING The thrill of adoration and sexual attraction wears off in long stable relationships and the magic of first encounters cannot be brought back if you sit in front of each other at the dinner table every single day for 18 or 19 years the couple can t agree on how long they have been togetherDOTING and LOVING is like having the cake and eating it Not possible on a regular basis but desirable As love hurts some characters choose not to engage at all but to keep on the surface of things DOTING without LOVING That doesn t work out either as most people when DOTING on each other ravitat. Eton is a middle aged member of the upper middle class living in post World War II London with his wife Stuck in a passionless marriage Arthur becomes infatuated with Annabel a much youn.
READ ´ THEYUPPYPUPPY.CO.UK Í Henry GreenOh the ames people play with themselves and with others and how well Henry Green portrays this through practically the sole use of dialogue following the schemings and evasions of five upper middle class characters searching for a on the often not very sly little extra spice in their lives Being written mainly in dialogue the story rattles along at a fair pace and the characters feel very alive and the story dynamic With a spare half a day you can soon polish this off drawn in insta In a peculiar way it s always comforting to think that we live in particularly amoral "SELF INTERESTED TIMES IT GIVES YOU "interested times It ives you that life can be different So reading an early mid 20th century novel that communicates primarily through excellently written dialogue how people always engineer relationships to their own social advantage and for their own entertainment with little regard even for those closest to them and even when doing so is emotionally empty is uite depressing Like a warm but itchy wool sweater Henry Green s novels make me suirm His characters o around and around in circles misunderstanding each other baiting each other scheming to control each other s behavior and feeling affectionate towards each other Doting is just like life in other words and it s pleasurable but in a sickening kind of way A uniue stylisti was fascinated by how he could capture that forties world just through dialogue He make his characters so transparent in their folly yet he doesn t judge them It s partly because he avoids describing them at all he just lets them speak Adulterous misbehavior among upper middle class Londoners in the 1950 s The dialogue is sharp and funny and since it s almost all dialogue that was how I felt enerally about the book even if the predictable see saw of the relationships pushed the thing a little too
*far into straight farce for my taste reen *into straight farce for my taste Green really really talented and I m oing to keep reading him because I have the sense that neither this nor Loving which I read last month or whenever is his best book Somewhere in the
catalog there has to be something a bit ambitious I aim to find it Written in late 1940s An utterlythere has to be something a bit ambitious I aim to find it Written in late 1940s An utterly comedy satire of manners set in post war London Reads a little like a play very short chapters each depicting a scene all in dialogue Green s novels reproduce as few do the actual sensations of living Elizabeth Bowen A couple rather bored with their marriage flirt with others The husband falls for a 19 year old daughter of old friends and what follows is like a restoration comedy with rather pathos The first novel I read by Henry Green was LOVING I instantly had the feeling that I fell in love with his writing and I embarked on a jo. Written almost completely in dialogue Henry Green's final novel is a biting comedy of manners that exposes the deceptive difference between those who love and those who dote Arthur Middl. ,