The Green Man

The Green Man

Book - 1969
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Maurice Allington has reached middle age and is haunted by death. As he says, "I honestly can't see why everybody who isn't a child, everybody who's theoretically old enough to have understood what death means, doesn't spend all his time thinking about it. It's a pretty arresting thought." He also happens to own and run a country inn that is haunted. The Green Man opens as Maurice's father drops dead (had he seen something in the room?) and continues as friends and family convene for the funeral.
Maurice's problems are many and increasing: How to deal with his own declining health? How to reach out to a teenage daughter who watches TV all the time? How to get his best friend's wife in the sack? How to find another drink? (And another.) And then there is always death.
The Green Man is a ghost story that hits a live nerve, a very black comedy with an uncannily happy ending: in other words, Kingsley Amis at his best.
Publisher: London : Cape, 1969.
ISBN: 9780224617406
0224617400
Characteristics: 253 p.

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jerry63x
Nov 17, 2018

For me how the mismatched parts come together makes this a truly interesting read. Also the encounter between the protagonist and God is one of the great scenes in contemporary British fiction.

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Digestion14
Dec 02, 2014

I know the author has a good reputation, but this novel is incredibly slow in the first 2/3. It is choppy as the action speeds, and rather summarily dismisses or ties up story threads. Altogether, I think I should rate it lower!

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BertBailey
Jun 27, 2013

Does somebody actually care what 'whiteshadow13' thinks about age-appropriateness?

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