BLINDNESS by Henry Green


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The reappearance of the first novel, published in 1926 and forgotten and out-of-print almost ever since, by the British writer who went on to establish his reputation through such other one-word-title novels as Living and Loving. Despite enthusiastic blurbs from the likes of John Updike, Green's ironic, cool (but sentimental underneath) style has been losing some of its prestige of late, and this early work--about a 17-year-old schoolboy who is blinded by a carelessly thrown stone yet pursues his dream of being a writer in London--will probably not enhance it. Still, this is not juvenilia, but rather a polished piece of energetic young work that students of the 20th-century novel's development will be eager to examine. And Green's admirers will welcome a significant addition to his relatively small canon.

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1978
Publisher: Viking