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If you could sum up New Grub St in three words, what would they be?
Sad. sad. sad.
What was one of the most memorable moments of New Grub St?
Reardon's ecstatic reminiscences to Biffen of an evening at Athens, and Biffen's suicide.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The terrible scene where the marriage of Reardon and Amy finally collapses under the impact of Reardon's terminal 'writer's block'.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I wanted to, but I rationed myself. I know this novel very well but I loved Joyce's rendition of some of my favourite scenes. He is a brilliant narrator, although I think the Biffen 'voice' is not quite right.
Any additional comments?
This is Gissing's gloomy masterpiece. There are dreadful scenes in it, based on the author's experiences as an educated literary man, of life in the lower depths of London poverty, at a time when there was no safety net but the workhouse. I wish there was an audiobook of his 'The Odd Women'.