- Title: My Son, My Son
- Author: Howard Spring
- ISBN: 9780006155799
- Page: 469
- Format: Hardcover
The story of William Essex, who rose from humble beginnings to become a successful dramatist and novelist, and his friend Dermot O Riordon, a fervent Irish patriot and founder of a great London furnishing house and their sons, Oliver Essex and Rory O Riordon Plus some other assorted characters, from old Mr Moscrop and his daughter Nellie, and Maeve O Riordon Those boysThe story of William Essex, who rose from humble beginnings to become a successful dramatist and novelist, and his friend Dermot O Riordon, a fervent Irish patriot and founder of a great London furnishing house and their sons, Oliver Essex and Rory O Riordon Plus some other assorted characters, from old Mr Moscrop and his daughter Nellie, and Maeve O Riordon Those boys grow up in friendship, but the passing years create circumstances that divide them as their fathers learn the hard way that sons do not always develop the way a parent might wish.
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(4.5) This is the second gem I’ve read from the new Apollo reprint series, after Josephine Johnson’s Now in November. It opens in working-class Manchester in the 1870s and stretches through the aftermath of World War I. Like a Dickensian urchin, William Essex escapes his humble situation thanks to a kind benefactor and becomes a writer. His best friend is Dermot O’Riorden, a fervid Irish Republican. William’s and Dermot’s are roughly parallel tracks. Their sons’ lives, however, are a [...]
If I was to sum this book up in one sentence it would be, To a large extent, for good or bad, we are a product of our upbringing.William and Dermont are two close friends who plan and plot and ultimately live their lives through their two sons, Oliver and Rory. William is a man who lived a hardscrabble life but pulled himself up by his bootstaps to become a successful novelist. He determines to never let his son lack a thing. He must have everything money can buy and become an even greater man t [...]
I read it around my sixteen years. I adored it back then. And the thing is that thirty five years after my first reading, I still remember it. But I want to reread it! I wonder how I I am cgoing to evaluate it now
I bought it due to the book design catching my eye and then by the blurb on the back. I had this book sitting on my shelf for a while until I finally picked it up, intending to just read a chunk of it and save the rest for later.I read it all in one sitting, so enthralled I was by the straight forward and somewhat soapy saga of two friends who end up raising two sons that for better or for worse end up twisting their father's legacies for them.It can get melodramatic at places and the ending, de [...]
I read this for the first time when I was a teenager, and have re-read it several times since. I am now on a project of reading all of Howard Spring's novels in chronological order, and this was his third - and it is a masterpiece, a leap above the first two. The writing is impeccable and the settings and characters leap out of the page under his treatment. It is - as always - written with love and compassion for the people he is writing about, and with wisdom and sorrow for the inevitable dashi [...]
An absolute blockbuster of a novel, narrated by author William Essex. Recalling his childhood as the unwanted son of a Manchester washerwoman, he remembers too his early – and lifelong – burning ambition to become rich.While in lodgings he becomes friends with Dermot, a gifted carpenter with strong patriotic feelings for the Irish, suffering under English rule. And as the narrative follows the personal and professional lives of the two men, Essex describes a conversation they have on the bir [...]
I became obsessed with books popular during the Great Depression after I heard a story on NPR about books from then. I found this at the local library from the first edition.I made my way though the yellowed pages that were falling off the binding. The book was just amazing! From the writing perspective I got lost in the time periods that the book covered. Howard Springs writings made me feel as if I was there, in England during WWI; made me feel as if I had lived before electric; made me feel a [...]
I cannot speak too highly of this wonderful novel, and I would urge any of my friends who have not discovered it to seek it out. This and Fame Is The Spur are Howard Spring's best two novels. I first read My Son, My Son when I was about 13 or 14, and the impact it made was such that I could not wait to track down all the other Spring novels then available. His books are very readable, and they capture the life and times of a particular generation so well. It was a different world, then, and we n [...]
My son gave me this book he found at a used bookstore. He knew I'd love it because it had an inscription written it. It was dated Christmas, 1939. He knows I collect books like that. They fascinate me. But I'd never read anything by Howard Spring, and had no idea what it was about. I was hooked from the beginning. And just like someone else on here said, good or bad, you are the product of how you were raised. Great book that everyone should read. I'd have loved it as a teenager, and wish I'd kn [...]
Melodramatic tale of a successful British novelist and playwright whose errant son causes him a lifetime of anguish, all told against the backdrop of war--specifically, the Irish rebellion of the early 20th century. Heavy on coincidences to underscore the book's themes, and I'm not certain if the first-person protagonist novelist is supposed to be sympathetic, but he's not; he marries a woman he doesn't love just to get her father's money, and ignores the love of his life although she's right un [...]
Επικεντρώνεται στο πόσο μπορούν να απέχουν οι προσδοκίες ενός γονιού για το παιδί του από την πορεία που θα χαράξει το ίδιο το παιδί για τον εαυτό του και το πώς η αγάπη του γονιού για το παιδί μπορεί να παραμείνει ακλόνητη, ακόμη και ύστερα από αποτρόπαιες πράξεις του δεύτε [...]
One of my all-time favourite books. William Essex, the narrator and central figure of the story, is not a particularly sympathetic character, but you can't help but feel for him as he drags himself up by his boot-straps, achieves everything he thought he wanted, only to see it all crumble to dust - there's something of the inevitability of a Greek tragedy in it. The closing sentence (I won't quote it, as it's a spoiler) must be one of the most poignant in literature
One of my all-time favourite books. William Essex, the narrator and central figure of the story, is not a particularly sympathetic character, but you can't help but feel for him as he drags himself up by his boot-straps, achieves everything he thought he wanted, only to see it all crumble to dust - there's something of the inevitability of a Greek tragedy in it. The closing sentence (I won't quote it, as it's a spoiler) must be one of the most poignant in literature.
read this when I was REALLY young, found it in my grandma's house, and though i cannot recall much stuff from it, i still remember the excitement while reading it. i guess it's worth a revision.
Beautifully written. I couldn't put it down. If you like Howard Spring, then you'll love this one. His characters are very rich, and make sure you read it with a box of tissues handy!
Wonderful evocation of time and place. One of the most engrossing novels I have read.
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