Strangers and Brothers by C. P. Snow and In Search of Lost Time by Proust are the only romans-fleuve I have read. I definitely prefer Proust, but Strangers and Brothers is not without merits. The one thing I liked the most about it is the way you get to know the characters little by little in the different books. When you read one of the later books a person from an earlier book can be reintroduced, and you have the feeling to meet an old friend. I haven't encountered this anywhere else, and I guess it takes a large volume of text to get it working. (It would actually be fun to make a flow diagram of episodes and how they interlink. I assume this has already been done by someone, and I'm not going to spend the time reading the books again.)
One thing I didn't like in this book (these books) was how extraordinary decent all of Lewis Eliot's friends were. They were all people you could trust; who would always do the right thing; etc. etc. I remember many times when I had to stop reading just because of this. Maybe I'm sensitive to this, or maybe it's some British cultural thing I haven't understood.
I use the codes [Y] for
Yes, I have read this one and [N] for
No, I haven't
read it (yet).
|Status||Title||Year of pub.||Pages|
|[Y]||Strangers and Brothers||1940||334|
|[Y]||The Light and the Dark||1947||345|
|[Y]||Time of Hope||1949||360|
|[Y]||The New Men||1954||236|
|[Y]||The Conscience of the Rich||1958||333|
|[Y]||Corridors of Power||1964||352|
|[Y]||The Sleep of Reason||1968||439|
From the Penguin editions I have the total page count is 3732.
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