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Strangers and Brothers

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 Masters 1951 312
[Y] The New Men 1954 236
[Y] Homecomings 1956 320
[Y] The Conscience of the Rich    1958 333
[Y] The Affair 1960 317
[Y] Corridors of Power 1964 352
[Y] The Sleep of Reason 1968 439
[Y] Last Things 1970 384

From the Penguin editions I have the total page count is 3732.

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