Born in Exile

Born in Exile With the growth of his militant egoism there had developed in Godwin Peak an excess of nervous sensibility which threatened to deprive his character of the initiative rightly belonging to it Self ass
  • Title: Born in Exile
  • Author: George Gissing
  • ISBN: 9781406809428
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • Born in Exile
    With the growth of his militant egoism, there had developed in Godwin Peak an excess of nervous sensibility which threatened to deprive his character of the initiative rightly belonging to it Self assertion is the practical complement of self esteem To be largely endowed with the latter quality, yet constrained by a coward delicacy to repress it, is to suffer martyrdom aWith the growth of his militant egoism, there had developed in Godwin Peak an excess of nervous sensibility which threatened to deprive his character of the initiative rightly belonging to it Self assertion is the practical complement of self esteem To be largely endowed with the latter quality, yet constrained by a coward delicacy to repress it, is to suffer martyrdom at the pleasure of every robust assailant, and in the end be driven to the refuge of a moody solitude.
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    George Robert Gissing was an English novelist who published twenty three novels between 1880 and 1903 From his early naturalistic works, he developed into one of the most accomplished realists of the late Victorian era.

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  • This is my third Gissing novel, after New Grub Street and The Odd Women, all three written in close succession between 1891 and 1893 New Grub Street is far the most famous of these novels, but, curiously, it s the one I liked least of the three Born in Exile is impressive as a novel of ideas which also works well at the level of narrative It represents a society in roaring fin de si cle transition, with the old values and pieties crumbling dramatically under the collective onslaught of radical p [...]


  • The British author George Gissing 1857 1903 was prolific and well thought of in his day, although he is far less known or read in ours This is the first and only of his books that I have read, so I cannot comment on his oeuvre in general.The protagonist in Born in Exile is Godwin Peak, the son of a poor laborer in England s Midlands Peak has had the good fortune to study at Whitelaw College, a relatively new and modern educational institution where he has been a star pupil Envious of those above [...]


  • I was reading a couple of reviews on here, and it seems to me thaT the majority of the authors of said reviews have missed the point of the novel This book is NOT about the impossibility of climbing outside one s own social sphere This is an attack on idealism it is Peak s idealism that forces his inevitable failures and Sidwell s that forces hers And the only person who rejects the notion of Peak s ability to transcend social stations is Peak Such a good book.


  • George Gissing is an author everyone would like to like but unless he s the subject of your dissertation, you won t.


  • There are always some difficulties with reading a book from a completely different era, and this book is no exception Though the language wasn t difficult to understand, I did have some trouble relating to the ideas of class and social status that Godwin Peak was so concerned about However, I had no trouble understanding the broken promise of Peak s idealism, and his inability to escape who he is and where he came from Though Peak s scheme was less than noble, it did shed light on some interesti [...]


  • Just before publication in 1892, George Gissing changed the title of his novel to the evocative Born in Exile from the name of its primary character, the difficult, complex anti hero, Godwin Peak Although written after Gissing had made a name for himself with New Grub Street and other books, Born in Exile was a hard sell to the publishers The book was rejected several times and nearly passed over The book has remained little read over the years Yet it is an extraordinary book, perhaps Gissing s [...]


  • I thoroughly enjoyed this long book exploring one man s attempts to manoeuvre himself into a socity he was not born into I loved the twists and turns as he struggled to mask his true feelings in order to ingratiate himself with others I really get involved in these internal dilemmas and could feel for the protagonist.



  • One of those you hate to see end because you re afraid you ll never find another book quite as good for your soul.



  • I enjoyed this, but only up to a pointGissing is certainly an interesting writer, though his star dims in comparison with the many brighter lights that were shining in fin de siecle English literature Certainly, I became absorbed in the story, butEngland seems such a strangely different place at this distance in time Class, education and religion are all still live issues, of course I remember meeting a slight acquaintance from university days some years later and was startled to find his flat w [...]


  • Written in the late 19th century, human nature is the same but the differences in society make it hard for me to determine how likeable unlikeable the main characters are Set in England in the late 19th century, Godwin Peak is smart but comes from a working class background, something he feels acutely as he has total disgust for the vulgar masses He aspires to become wealthy but finds barriers not the least which is he himself when setting his goals This comes to a central point when he find the [...]


  • I had a difficult time with this book I wanted to like the premis of the story However, I could not find the main character to be likeable He was pitiable at times, but not engaging The idea of struggling to overcome social class seemed almost over used in the book Especially since, the only characters in the story who seemed concerned with it were Mrs Warricombe and Godwin Peak himself It seemed to be about Peak s inability to overcome his overwhelming contempt of his own family and those he c [...]


  • This was a difficult read, not just due to some slower passages, but because the main character is so unsympathetic Not only is he a opinionated and close minded, but he sees himself as a victim, mainly of the class system and society He goes on like this, despite contradictions to his worldview, never giving other people a chance to prove him wrong, and it s difficult to see this unfold The other people he encounters are a little sympathetic, but not by much.As with other Gissing novels, this [...]


  • Godwin Peak is highly intelligent, but has no money After his school years, he leaves his family and travels to another part of England to represent himself as interested in becoming part of the clergy His real aim is to make a good marriage which also means to gain an estate through this good marriage and to rise in society What Peak realizes is that, try as he does, he cannot escape his place in society Gissing presents an England conscious of class and propriety and the inability of the peopl [...]


  • Fairly easy to read so far, just getting to grips with the characters and how they relate to each other.A book set and written in a period where class was everything, and coming from a family in trade was seen as detrimental.Godwin wants to marry well and to do that he has to distance himself from his family and past.


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