Goslings

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  • Hardcover
  • 326 pages
  • Goslings
  • J.D. Beresford
  • 10 May 2019
  • 9780483403826

About the Author: J.D. Beresford

John Davys Beresford


Goslings Excerpt From GoslingsGosling Trotted Downstairs And Received The Usual Salute From His Two Girls He Noted That They Were A Shade Effusive Than Usual Want Money For Fal Lals, Was His Inward Comment They Were Always Wanting Money For Fal Lals.About The PublisherForgotten Books Publishes Hundreds Of Thousands Of Rare And Classic Books Find At Www.forgottenbooks.comThis Book Is A Reproduction Of An Important Historical Work Forgotten Books Uses State Of The Art Technology To Digitally Reconstruct The Work, Preserving The Original Format Whilst Repairing Imperfections Present In The Aged Copy In Rare Cases, An Imperfection In The Original, Such As A Blemish Or Missing Page, May Be Replicated In Our Edition We Do, However, Repair The Vast Majority Of Imperfections Successfully Any Imperfections That Remain Are Intentionally Left To Preserve The State Of Such Historical Works.

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10 thoughts on “Goslings

  1. Dominique "Eerie" Sobieska says:

    Probably an early concept of what would happen if a deadly disease targeting only the human males could wipe them out Originating from Tibet I don t recommend it The dialect killed me and it felt backwards in every wayBurn it

  2. Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I keep thinking I m zeroing in on having read all of the post apocalyptic or dystopian literature when I stumble across another story I haven t read This kind of lit has become known as a Jenny story in the inner circles of SFF Audio, the podcast I sometimes participate in, as I did for this novel A newer audiobook publisher to the scene, Dreamscape has been finding books through HiLo s Radium Age project, and doing audio productions of them The audio version of this novel is fantastic, with Matthew Brenher doing a great job on all the UK dialects in the pages I tried reading a public domain PDF version and it wasn t easy So no complaints on the audio production, but as a novel, I m not sure I m sold The basic story is a deadly virus that takes out most of the men in a group First it hits China and Russia, then Europe, but still the English don t seem worried Plagues are for poor people, right When it hits England and takes out most of the men, society comes to a halt Women only know how to shop this is 1913 and the entire infrastructure breaks down.The Goslings are a representative family unit within this society Mrs Gosling never comes to terms with the breakdown of the societal framework, and Mr Gosling abandons his family despite the fact that he was one of the few male survivors, or maybe because of this fact This leaves the two daughters Blanche and Millie to try to find a way to survive Everyone in London moves to the country, but 70% of the women and children starve to death in the process.In the end, view spoiler they join a farm commune where people have learned to live together without sex or class divisions As if it s easy Marriage is a thing of the past But then an ocean liner arrives from America, and you get the sense that only now they are saved It patches it up too nicely for my tastes, and I wonder if the ending isn t what faded this novel into obscurity in the first place hide spoiler

  3. Naomi says:

    I wasn t expecting the antisemitism, but perhaps I should have been On the other hand, I m not sure how I could have anticipated the inexplicable hostility towards hats Having been in the sun both with and without a hat, I can assure J.D Beresford that they really do keep the sun off, it s not just what the mainstream media wants you to believe.Readable, but mostly of historical interest I would not recommend it in general.

  4. Synaptic Wanderer says:

    Interesting, thought provoking, hopeful, and as progressive a set of ideas as I d expect from 1913 I quite enjoyed it.

  5. Ben says:

    Published in 1913, Goslings explores what happens when an extraordinary plague that kills mostly men wipes out the population of England The novel follows a few typical characters from before the plague strikes, through the initial days, and on until a year after It s clear from the tone of the long descriptive passages, that the author, J.D Beresford, is of the opinion that mankind is a blight on the earth, an alien presence that this plague is curing Set in England, the story generally follows the Gosling family, along with a man named Thrale, who had boarded with them in the past The Goslings are the sort of striving middle class family that worries about what the neighbors think, but has little view of the world outside the narrow confines of their tidy town house in a pleasant suburb I found the most enjoyable part of the book began in the second half, after the Gosling women are forced to leave London, late comers to the great emigration of starving female citizens The two young Gosling daughters suddenly develop real characters as they escape the confines of their house on Wisteria Lane This long journey, described in exquisite geographic detail, eventually takes them to one of the rural areas just outside London There, they find a strong community of organised woman, and their old boarder Thrale, immune to the plague The book, although it explores the ideas of ideal female society, is still bound by conventions of the period in which it is written Men are desired because they can run machinery, kill animals, and perform deeds of bravery that women wouldn t contemplate But the women of the Marlow community shed their vanity and petty facades, expanding to become pragmatic, cohesive survivors The final third of the novel leaves behind the Gosling girls, who have completed their growth and found their potential at Marlow Instead, we follow Thrale, who has his own growth from a prude into a man who can love freely.The novel ends with hope, as Thrale envisions the new world he will create, without the old habits of the previous age Here is the authors Utopian vision, a world built on communities of hard working women and men working with nature.Overall, the way the novel was written made it less enjoyable to follow than a conventional plot driven plague story The moral lectures and strong opinions of the author seeped out in most of the scenes, and although I enjoyed the characters, often I was left wanting exploration of the outcomes,and instead, received half a story before the focus of the author shifted.

  6. Megan says:

    A fun read in its own right, but its historical value gave it an extra zest of nerd appeal for me And in truth, it has many awkward moments that I would ve judged harshly had it not been about a hundred years old mostly weird sexism, but eugenics is also mentioned with a creepifyingly sympathetic tone.In the end, though, the true test of a book is whether it keeps me up til 2 am fighting to stay awake because I m desperate to finish it, and this one certainly passed that test It s an end of the world tale that manages to be both really philosophical and pretty funny And I like that it doesn t try to front like it has all the answers to society s ills Some of the answers, maybe, but by no means all The writing is good, but the plotline is confusing Beresford seemed to have settled on one woman as a protagonist for the main portion of the book, but then, towards the end, it abruptly swerves away from her story to follow a completely different person, and the woman I thought was the real protagonist is slight spoiler alert pretty much never mentioned again I can t figure out why Beresford would invest so much time and emotional energy in her, only to abandon her just when things were getting interesting Not that the other character isn t equally compelling but it almost felt like a set up for a sequel in which we d get to return to the first woman s story and find out what happened to her alas, as far as I know, that was not the author s intention Also, there is an epilogue that felt hastily tacked on for no reason that I can discern It s actually a much better book if you don t read the epilogue at all.I recommend this book to people who are fascinated by old school feminist sci fi utopian fiction Charlotte Perkins Gilman, anyone , or just pre Heinlein sci fi in general, or pre WW II British literature in general Also, if you re a passionate locavore or homesteader on even a small, urban scale , this book will definitely resonate with you.

  7. Al Keller says:

    Actually took a few days to get through but forgot to log so I did this way to insure it counts toward 2013 goal Fascinating but slow.

  8. Matthew says:

    Quite possibly the most misogynistic book I ve ever read.

  9. Kathleen says:

    Ugh