Caught, by Henry Green

Wow! You read so amazingly fast! I recently read a book about Green, Greene and Elizabet Bowen in The Love-charm of Bombs: Restless Lives in the Second World War- brilliant read!

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Recommended to me by Proustitute, Henry Green’s fourth novel Caught is one of six of his novels included in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006 edition).  I’ve bolded them in the list below.

  • Blindness (1926), on the TBR
  • Living (1929)
  • Party-Going (1939)
  • Caught (1943)
  • Loving (1945), see my review
  • Back (1946)
  • Concluding (1948)
  • Nothing (1950), see my review
  • Doting (1952), on the TBR

During the war, perhaps mindful of the possibility of not surviving the Blitz, Green also wrote a memoir called Pack My Bag: A Self-Portrait (1940).  He was in the Auxiliary Fire Service, a poorly equipped and hastily mobilised volunteer force in which 800 men died because it was such dangerous work.  This AFS experience also forms the backdrop for Caught. 

Caught is cited in 1001 Books as an ambivalent novel.

The story examines how people are kept apart by social and sexual differences…

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