Richard is like a spoiled oriental prince nobody dare cross. After trying out whatever an amoral young man with no responsibilities and a good income can think of, we can reasonably expect a trite ending, and we would be wrong. A monomaniac at large, watching over sane people in slumber! Mar 23, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: I was surprised to learn that the novel was suppressed though not banned in the usual sense of the word — simply not advertised by the lending libraries of the day upon its publication.
The reason was that it was considered not suitable for family consumption. That meant that the book had to be suitable for all ages to hear and read from. Any deviation from this put the book in limbo.
Ordeal of Richard Feverel - Complete and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more . Back. The Egoist (Penguin Classics). Editorial Reviews. Review. Third novel by George Meredith, published in It is typical of The Ordeal Of Richard Feverel (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition. by.
Aside from these few peccadillos, the author meant to provide insights into the then current opinions about the state of education. His wife had left him for another man, and he decided to raise Richard on his own. It was then that he had acquired an outside friend of his own age, Master Ripton Thompson, with whom he managed to carry out his adventures. The ordeal was ongoing in his treatment by his parent. I was pleasantly surprised at the wit and humor displayed by the author in the writing of this novel.
He managed to show the nature of class distinctions in England at the time and to reduce them to ridicule through the actions of their participants. Telling more of the book would spoil it for the reader, so I have to simply recommend that you try it. Jul 16, Karen marked it as to-read. Family and Self Selected by the Guardian's Review team and a panel of expert judges, this list includes only novels — no memoirs, no short stories, no long poems — from any decade and in any language.
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More people should read George Meredith. This is insightful, witty, and compassionate writing. But with Meredith's novels the language is so interestingly ironic and literary that it feels like you're looking through several different lenses onto the action or particular characters. It makes for a slow read. Aug 10, Ange marked it as to-read.
Oscar Wilde exclaimed "Ah, Meredith!
Who can define him? His syle is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. Apr 28, Wanda marked it as to-read Recommended to Wanda by: Project Gutenberg - http: View all 3 comments. This was my most enjoyable experience of classic literature in some time. I'm amazed at how Meredith wrote such unapologetically glowing prose that manages to be fanciful while still presenting a realistic, believable story.
He imbues every line with wit and grace, and most importantly, a healthy sense of humanity. He can be comical without devolving into mockery; where he instructs, he avoids being didactic; and when he is critical, he does it without scorn. This, perhaps above all, is what I l This was my most enjoyable experience of classic literature in some time. This, perhaps above all, is what I love about Meredith.
This is a human story, told sympathetically, and for that, I found it very satisfying. Jul 26, Jessica rated it liked it Shelves: I hoped for something as good as The Egoist and I expected something not too much worse, and I don't know exactly what I got. Feverel defies adequate description insofar as it's unlike any novel I've read, in certain ways. It's quite a curiosity. It operates on a metaphorical level that suspends narrative events somewhere outside reality, challenging one's sense of where and when - and how, for that matter - the action takes place.
This is a novel savvy in pagan mythology and Oriental customs an I hoped for something as good as The Egoist and I expected something not too much worse, and I don't know exactly what I got. This is a novel savvy in pagan mythology and Oriental customs and shamelessly disposed to hypophora, in which one can catch a character "serenely chanting Greek hexameters" or read that a "candle wore with dignity the brigand's hat of midnight, and cocked a drunken eye [ It strongly reminded me of watching The Magnificent Ambersons: The narrative lacked proportion as a whole, instead proceeding in the choppy tracks of a novelist maybe learning his chops; Feverel was Meredith's first novel, after all.
His people, too, are dubiously motivated and rather unnaturally drawn because their representation is subordinated to that of ideational forces, which brings to mind something Forster wrote about Meredith's characters being other than human, or his novels painting other than life, but which isn't necessarily bad - mostly different, the way it's managed here. On the whole, I'd call Feverel heavily idiosyncratic if that sufficiently conveyed the distance it measures from your standard work of fiction, let alone your trusty Victorian classic.
This is a challenging and subversive novel. Challenging in that its verbose style can be difficult to penetrate. Subversive because of its theme of rebellion against a tyrannical "system" of parental education leads to a dark tale of sexual betrayal and overwhelming tragedy. If you can get past the writing style - and I found this difficult at times, which is why it took me a comparatively long time to read - you will find reading this novel a worthwhile and memorable experience.
The Oxford World This is a challenging and subversive novel. Read it after the book and it helpfully places this novel in the context of the changing styles of Victorian English fiction. Mar 28, Jeff Keehr rated it liked it. I read this for a class. It was a little too recondite for my taste. Certainly one of the most important and artistically adventurous British novels of the 19th Century.
Kendra rated it it was amazing Nov 20, Adam Steficek rated it really liked it Dec 29, Saniya rated it really liked it Sep 28, Jana rated it it was ok Jun 11, Shannan Dooley-Carmona rated it liked it Aug 07, Thomas L rated it liked it Aug 01, Michael David rated it did not like it Aug 21, Jess Nauright rated it really liked it Apr 27, Tal Boldo rated it really liked it Jul 10, Fiona Brichaut rated it it was ok Feb 25, A History of Father and Son is the earliest full-length novel by George Meredith ; its subject is the inability of systems of education to control human passions.
It is one of a select group of standard texts that have been included in all four of Everyman's Library , the New American Library of World Literature , Oxford World's Classics , and Penguin Classics With its rigorous psychological analysis and criticism of contemporary attitudes to sexuality, it has been seen by some critics as the first modern novel in English literature. Sir Austin Feverel's wife deserts him to run away with a poet, leaving her husband to bring up their boy Richard. Believing schools to be corrupt, Sir Austin, a scientific humanist , educates the boy at home with a plan of his own devising known as "the System".
This involves strict authoritarian supervision of every aspect of the boy's life, and in particular the prevention of any meeting between Richard and girls of his own age. Richard nevertheless meets and falls in love with Lucy Desborough, the niece of a neighboring farmer. Sir Austin finds out and, disapproving of her humble birth, forbids them to meet again, but they secretly marry. Sir Austin now tries to retrieve the situation by sending Richard to London.
Here, however, Sir Austin's friend Lord Mountfalcon successfully sets a courtesan to seduce Richard, hoping that this will leave Lucy open to seduction by himself. Ashamed of his own conduct, Richard flees abroad where he at length hears that Lucy has given birth to a baby and has been reconciled to Sir Austin. He returns to England and, hearing about Lord Mountfalcon's villainy, challenges him to a duel. But this goes badly: Richard is seriously wounded.
Lucy is so overcome by this turn of events that she loses her mind and dies. In the following year, pregnant by Wallis, she ran away to join him, leaving her son Arthur behind. Meredith undertook to bring the child up. The parallels with the opening chapters of the novel are obvious, though Sir Austin is certainly not intended as a self-portrait.
The book received generally respectful reviews, though critics were often puzzled by Meredith's rather dense style, and did not all agree in their reading of the book's message, or their estimation of the author's success in presenting it. From the mids onward Meredith's reputation as a serious novelist reached such a level as to ensure a stream of reprints. Arnold Bennett wrote, "In Richard Feverel , what a loosening of the bonds! Priestley wrote that "So far as English fiction is concerned He makes no attempt to preserve the sober reality of Trollope and Jane Austen ; he has destroyed all the usual staircases by which we have learnt to climb.
And what is done so deliberately is done with a purpose. This defiance of the ordinary, these airs and graces, the formality of the dialogue with its Sirs and Madams are all there to create an atmosphere that is unlike that of daily life, to prepare the way for a new and an original sense of the human scene.