By Forrest Reid,Andrew Doyle
'[A] unusual, sinister, and unforgettable story.' - Manchester mother or father
'Forrest Reid has . . . attractive, rhythmical prose, a real and everlasting voice.' - John McGahern
'None of our contemporaries can describe formative years and adolescence as really as he does.' - V. S. Pritchett
When Following Darkness first seemed in 1912, critics didn't recognize what to make of it. Sentimental novels of formative years and formative years have been well known within the Victorian and Edwardian eras, yet right here used to be whatever thoroughly new in English fiction, a e-book that explored a teenager's strategies and feelings with unflinching honesty. One prime critic denounced the novel's protagonist Peter Waring as a 'subject for the pathologist instead of the novelist,' an 'evil' personality who 'unutterably disgusts', and the book's allusions to Peter's sexual awakening and his rejection of Christ disturbed modern readers.
Following Darkness is the tale of sixteen-year-old Peter's clash along with his staunchly spiritual father, whose faith and values Peter rejects with contempt, his burgeoning friendship with Owen Gill, and his growing to be ardour for Katherine Dale. With prepared mental perception, Reid creates in Peter a posh and interesting personality: morally ambiguous, deeply incorrect, snobbish, immodest and egocentric, but finally sympathetic. Acclaimed as a masterpiece by means of E.M. Forster and a potential impression on Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a tender guy (1916), Following Darkness used to be not like any novel that had preceded it, and it continues to be certainly one of Forrest Reid's best works. This first-ever republication of the unconventional contains a new creation via Andrew Doyle.
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