[KINDLE] ✽ Grievous  By H.S. Cross –
  • Hardcover
  • 544 pages
  • Grievous
  • H.S. Cross
  • 15 March 2019
  • 9780374279950

About the Author: H.S. Cross

H S Cross was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan She was educated at Harvard College and has taught at Friends Seminary, among other schools She lives in New York Wilberforce is her debut novel, and she is currently working on a second book set at St Stephen s Academy Source

Grievous H S Cross Returns To A School As Nuanced And Secretive As J K Rowling S Hogwarts The Rumpus InAge Of Grace, The Sequel To Her Coming Of Age Novel Wilberforce.St Stephen S Academy, Yorkshire, 1931 A World Unto Itself, Populated By Boys Reveling In Life S First Big Mistakes And Men Still Learning How To Live With The Consequences Of Their Own They Live A Cloistered Life, Exotic To Modern Eyes, Founded Upon Privilege, Ruled By Byzantine And Often Unspoken Laws, Haunted By Injuries Both Casual And Calculated Yet Within Those Austere Corridors Can Be Found Windows Of Enchantment, Unruly Love, And A Wild Sort Of Freedom, All Vanished, It Seems, From Our World.Told From A Variety Of Viewpoints Including That Of Unhappy Housemaster John Grieves This Age Of Grace Takes Us Deep Inside The Crucible Of St Stephen S While Retaining A Clear Eyed, Contemporary Sensibility, Drawing Out The Urges And Even Mercies Hidden Beneath The School S Strict, Unsparing Surface The Academy May Live By Its Own Codes, But As With The World Around It A World The Characters Must Ultimately Face It Already Contains Everything Necessary To Shape Its People Or Tear Them Apart.

8 thoughts on “Grievous

  1. says:

    A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.Among the small but game group of readers that managed to make their way through H.C Cross s first novel, Wilberforce, there has been growing anticipation and dread at the upcoming appearance of the next book, Grievous I managed to mentally bushwack my way through Cross s first tome s worth of plummy prose, myriad males of all ages, byzantine plotting and absolute immersion in the sealed, claustrophobic public school world of St Stephen s in 1920s Yorkshire When I came to the end I was drained and not even sure if it had been worth it, only that I had been compelled to finish the book despite the struggle and my pesky awareness that there were no female characters other than dead mothers and Matron Cross has a cult like following who loved Wilberforce, book, boy, and bildungsroman, but I found myself looking forward to meeting up again with John Grieves, the depressed, charismatic schoolmaster who vanished from the scene two thirds through the first book Now he s back and as he was by far the most interesting character in Wilbe...

  2. says:

    My review of this book appears in Historical Novels Review Issue 88, May 2019 This intense, unwieldy, and moving narrative about lives of quiet and not so quiet desperation is the sequel to the critically celebrated Wilberforce, set, like this one, in an English boy s school in Yorkshire St Stephen s Academy is a middling sort of school, antiquarian in its values but far less afflicted by class snobbishness than the usual Etonian setting Five years have elapsed since the time of the first novel, but it s not necessary to have read it to appreciate Cross s fine eye for detail and empathy for the human condition In fact, the structure and revelations of Grievous pretty much repeat those of its predecessor, so it might suffice to read one or the other.Both books are fervent, overlong, and claustrophobic, but ultimately rewarding in their emotional insights Like its predecessor, this novel is crammed with masses of colorful details of public school cruelty, swotting, cricket, 1930s schoolboy slang, and homoerotic yearning, but it adds a web of family entanglements that expands the setting and allows the reader a glimpse of the confusion and ennui that afflicted the British pro...

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