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In Hugh Walpole's novel, Cathedral, readers are transported to the picturesque English countryside where they meet protagonist David Jary. The story follows David as he navigates his relationships with family and friends, explores the depths of his own emotions, and grapples with his inner demons.

Walpole's writing is vivid and descriptive, painting a rich tapestry of the setting and bringing each character to life. The novel is character-driven, with readers becoming deeply invested in David's internal struggles and personal growth throughout the story.

The themes of forgiveness, redemption, and the power of human connection are woven seamlessly throughout Cathedral, leaving readers with a sense of hope and inspiration. Walpole's exploration of the complexities of human relationships and the lengths we go to for those we love is both heartwarming and thought-provoking.

Overall, Cathedral is a beautifully written novel that will resonate with readers long after they turn the final page. Walpole's talent for storytelling is evident throughout, making this a must-read for fans of character-driven fiction.

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Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole, CBE (1884 – 1941) was an English novelist. He was the son of an Anglican clergyman, intended for a career in the church but drawn instead to writing. Among those who encouraged him were the authors Henry James and Arnold Bennett. His skill at scene-setting, vivid plots, and high profile as a lecturer brought him a large readership in the United Kingdom and North America. He was a best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s, but has been largely neglected since his death.... One of Walpole's major novels of the early post-war period was The Cathedral, which unlike much of his fiction was not dashed off but worked on across four years, beginning in 1918. The story of an arrogant 19th-century archdeacon in conflict with other clergy and laity was certain to bring comparisons with Trollope's Barchester Towers (The Manchester Guardian 's review was headed "Polchester Towers"), but unlike the earlier work, The Cathedral is wholly uncomic.... The reviewer Ivor Brown commented that Walpole had earlier charmed many with his cheerful tales of Mayfair, but that in this novel he showed a greater side to his art: "This is a book with little happiness about it, but its stark strength is undeniable. The Cathedral is realism, profound in its philosophy and delicate in its thread." The Illustrated London News said, "No former novelist has seized quite so powerfully upon the cathedral fabric and made it a living character in the drama, an obsessing individuality at once benign and forbidding. ...The Cathedral is a great book." The Jubilee which plays an important part in the story is the national celebration in 1897 of Queen Victoria's sixty years on the throne.

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