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Patrician

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By: (1867-1933)

Patrician by John Galsworthy is a beautifully written novel that explores themes of love, duty, and social class in early 20th century England. The story follows the lives of two sisters, one who is married to a wealthy industrialist and the other who is torn between her love for a man of lower social standing and her duty to her family.

Galsworthy's writing is exquisite, painting a vivid picture of the world these characters inhabit and the societal norms that govern their lives. The characters are complex and well-developed, each grappling with their own desires and obligations in a society that places a high value on appearances and status.

The novel poses thought-provoking questions about the nature of love and the sacrifices we make for our families and societal expectations. While the pacing of the story can be slow at times, the richly drawn characters and insightful commentary on class make it a compelling read.

Overall, Patrician is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that will resonate with readers who enjoy literary fiction and historical dramas. Galsworthy's storytelling is both powerful and poignant, leaving a lasting impression on those who delve into the world he has created.

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The book revolves around the story of two love affairs. Miltoun (an aspiring politician) proposes to Mrs Audrey Noel, only to find that she is not a widow as everyone supposes, but that her husband is still alive and therefore the match is impossible. Meanwhile, Miltoun’s younger sister Barbara develops an equally unwise romance with the rebellious Courtier.
The story of what happens to these ill-matched pairs is played out against a brilliant portrayal of the Victorian upper class, its snobbery and its concerns. (The patrician in the title refers to Miltoun, who is thus called by Courtier, whose politics are the opposite to his.)


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