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Title:The Good Companions
Format Type:Ebook
Author:J.B. Priestley
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Number of Pages:618
Category:Fiction, Classics, British literature

The Good Companions by J.B. Priestley

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Good Companions Probably the most popular of Priestley s novels The Good Companions was an instant best seller when it was first published in July and while JBP came to feel its success subsequently overshadowed many more important works the book has remained popular It was his third novel and it is certainly well written and very readable It is too an enjoyable romp all about a stranded theatrical group the Dinky Doos rescued by Miss Trant and coverted into the Good Companions and involving their adventures with such characters as Jess Oakroyd the middle aged joiner from Bruddersford who breaks free from his miserable domestic existence Susie Dean and Inigo Jollifant It is the sort of long colourful novel which was one of Priestley s hallmarks and it is clear that Priestley enjoyed himself writing it He regarded the job as not so much a task more a kind of holiday One of the ironies of the success of The Good Companions is that when he discussed his idea for the book with his publishers they told him that such a book would not appeal to the current reading public However the germ of the story was embedded deep into his mind and heart and writing the novel became something of an obsession He had made up his mind to write a novel that he himself could enjoy even if nobody else did and in the event a great many others also loved it The novel arrived at a time when the country was in depression and someone commented that The Good Companions soared out of the gloom like a fairy tale to lift thousands of minds into a world of literary enchantment David Hughes in J B Priestley An Informal Study of His Work wrote The Good Companions is a simple book plainly constructed and straightforwardly told Like so much of Priestley s work its action begins on a note of rebellion while its impulse is the search for romance without losing sight of reality indeed staring into the very heart of reality for the magic Jess Oakroyd is pitched into loneliness by the drab quarrrelling of his family Miss Trant suddenly relieved in early middle age of a burden that might have lasted her lifetime turns against the trivial monotony of her genteel days in a Cotswold village Inigo Jollifant surrounded in the prep school where he teaches by petty rulings is refused permission to play the piano by the headmaster s wife gets drunk and escapes into the night Three separate rebellions against the frustrations of life put three characters on the road for what is probably the longest picaresque novel in English since Pickwick Priestley started to write The Good Companions in January and he delivered the manuscript to Heinemann in March At least two films have been made of The Good Companions and it has been turned into a play on several occasions

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