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by John Braine

  • ISBN: 0416005918
  • Author: John Braine
  • ePub ver: 1594 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Routledge (May 1, 1980)
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  • Category: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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Life at the Top book. In John Braine's remarkable first novel, Room at the Top (1957), he introduced readers to Joe Lampton, a ruthlessly ambitious young working-class man determined to reach the top at any cost.

Life at the Top book. The book became a defining novel of the decade, selling over a million copies and being adapted for an Oscar-winning film.

Room at the top. 1. I came to Warley on a wet September morning with the sky the grey of Guiseley sandstone. Instead I was going to the Top, into a world that even from my first brief glimpses filled me with excitement: big houses with drives and orchards and manicured hedges, a preparatory school to which the boys would soon return from adventures in Brittany and Brazil and India or at the very least an old castle in Cornwall, expensive cars - Bentleys, Lagondas, Daimlers

At the top. This is a daringly honest portrait of an angry. young man on the make. and released through Continental Distributing Inc. A Signet Book Complete and Unabridged.

At the top. LOVE or MONEY? In one of the most remarkable novels to be. published in years, John Braine bares the. emotions, thoughts and strategy of a schem-. ing yet vulnerable go-getter.

Condition: Used: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged.

Life At The Top is the third novel by the English author John Braine, first published in the UK by Eyre & Spottiswoode and in the US by Houghton Mifflin & Co. in 1962. It continues the story of the life and difficulties of Joe Lampton, an ambitious young man of humble origins. A 1965 film adaptation of the novel was made starring Laurence Harvey.

John Braine was born in the Westgate area of central Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire. His 1974 book Writing a Novel was a guide for aspiring novelists

John Braine was born in the Westgate area of central Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire. The family later moved to the suburb of Thackley on the northern edge of the city. He wrote several more novels, including Life at the Top, a sequel to Room at the Top. His 1968 novel The Crying Game is set in London and captures some of the atmosphere of the 'Swinging Sixties'. His 1974 book Writing a Novel was a guide for aspiring novelists. Braine was mildly left-wing in his youth, but like his contemporaries (and fellow "angry young men") Amis and John Wain, he later moved to the political right, and supported America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

It deserves its success. It is very far from being a mere frivolous bestseller. In Life at the Top (1962), we meet Joe again ten years later, after he has gotten everything he thought he wanted: an upper-class wife, a nice house, a sports car, two children, and a job at the premier firm in town. But despite all his material possessions, Joe's life is strangely empty. His boss treats him with disrespect, his son despises him, and his wife is having an affair.

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After recently re-reading John Braine's Room at the Top, I went On Chesil Beach, courtesy of Ian McEwan

After recently re-reading John Braine's Room at the Top, I went On Chesil Beach, courtesy of Ian McEwan. Without doubt the latter is a masterpiece, whereas the former seems to be a little too reliant on its contemporary setting, its social mores, its finely tuned appreciation of social class to be considered more than "of its time".

Этот роман Брэйна вызвал немало споров: одни превозносили его до небес, другие недоумевающе пожимали плечами. О достоинствах и недостатках данной книги сможет, прочитав ее, самостоятельно судить наш читатель. Одно бесспорно: писатель сумел ярко, темпераментно и, прямо скажем, зло показать этакого современного Растиньяка, Жюльена Сореля или Жоржа Дюруа - честолюбца и карьериста середины ХХ века, личность характерную, если не сказать типичную, не только для современной Англии, но и для всехдругих стран, где царит его величество денежный мешок.

Joe Lampton's secure life as a member of the wealthy class is shattered by a series of unexpected reversals, finally forcing him to face himself and what he has become
Comments (2)

Connorise
Fairly repetitious, now stuck in a rut and so are we, and class disgust pretty heavy-handed, not even sure why we should care about what happens.
Frosha
After recently re-reading John Braine's Room at the Top, I went On Chesil Beach, courtesy of Ian McEwan. Without doubt the latter is a masterpiece, whereas the former seems to be a little too reliant on its contemporary setting, its social mores, its finely tuned appreciation of social class to be considered more than "of its time". Concatenating the two books, however, has made me think a little more about the underpinning thesis of Ian McEwan's book, that the early 1960s remained an age when sexuality was not discussed, dealt with or even experienced in the more open, liberal manner of just a decade later. In the context of Ian McEwan's setting and for his characters, this was undoubtedly the case. Memories of John Braine's 1950s, however, remind me that there might have been room for a different reading.

And so I approached a re-discovery of Braine's Life At The Top with more than just an interest in the narrative. Of course the book is a sequel, an attempt to recreate the success that had eluded its author in the intervening years. But it is based in the early 1960s, precisely the time when Ian McEwan's fumbling lovers marry.

Life At The Top is ten years on from its germ. Joe Lampton and Susan are married and have two children. Joe is also firmly ensconced in his father-in-law's firm, has made a moderate success of his career and, certainly relative to others around Warley, has plenty of money. But as those for whom success seems to be a given, it is necessary to be reminded that, "It's one thing to get there, and quite another thing to stay there". And so it is with Joe Lampton. He becomes a councilor - a Tory one at that - and all seems to be made. But then, but then...he's still our Joe. He still likes his pint, though now it's more likely to be a scotch, and perhaps Susan is till as naïve as she was a decade before - naïve, that is, until she decides what she wants.

So, obviously, in Life At The Top Joe and Susan's life together turns sour, even a little bitter. But John Braine's plot and style always keep the process above soap opera, where character only exists to fuel plot. In some ways, the pair of novels, Room and Life At The Top, is a loose allegory of the experience of the author, himself. In Room he's an upstart successfully staking his claim, but at a cost in terms of pigeon-holing and confinement to a genre. In Life he's a known success and is clawing on to its retention.

But after finishing the book two points stand out. The first is a reminder of the apparent sexual liberty enjoyed by its characters. Not only Joe, but also Susan and eventually Norah, not to mention the ailing Mark, are apparently free-loaders. Only Mark's wife seems to possess the frigidity, perhaps aridity, that Ian McEwan seems to associate with the era. I can remember when Life At The Top was a much watched film. It was seen as racy, even a bit risqué, but not because of what it portrayed, only that it was portrayed. It wasn't the content that shocked; it was the fact that the content was made public.

On the other hand, if John Braine's mission had been purely to shock, then the ultimate morality of the outcome would be incongruous at best. Life At The Top is the kind of novel where what happens is crucial, so to reveal the finishing point would detract from the experience of reading the book. Suffice it to say that, in its own way, Life At The Top becomes an affirmation of a given set of values, even if those who want to live by them do not always live up to them.

So I return again to On Chesil Beach and conclude that there may be a greater element of social class - or even stereotype - involved in Ian McEwan's reading of the mores of that age. A shortcoming it might be, but it detracts in no way whatsoever from the quality of the book. The imagined rules applied to those described, despite the fact that, as John Braine's Life At The Top reminds us, they might not actually have been rules and certainly didn't apply to everyone, especially the imagined.

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