The House With the Green Shutters

The House With the Green Shutters Published in and described by George Douglas Brown as a brutal and bloody work this bestselling classic was a furious response to what Brown called sentimental slop the representation of Scotla

  • Title: The House With the Green Shutters
  • Author: George Douglas Brown
  • ISBN: 9780140182781
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Paperback
  • Published in 1901 and described by George Douglas Brown as a brutal and bloody work , this bestselling classic was a furious response to what Brown called sentimental slop the representation of Scotland as a cozy rural idyll It is probably semi autobiographical Brown was illegitimate and rejected by his father and the village of Barbie is loosely based on Ochiltree in AyrPublished in 1901 and described by George Douglas Brown as a brutal and bloody work , this bestselling classic was a furious response to what Brown called sentimental slop the representation of Scotland as a cozy rural idyll It is probably semi autobiographical Brown was illegitimate and rejected by his father and the village of Barbie is loosely based on Ochiltree in Ayrshire The brutish John Gourlay is a merchant in the village of Barbie, envied and resented by the villagers because of his success, which is symbolized in his prestigious house with green shutters He dominates and bullies his family, in particular his sensitive, gifted but weak son Ultimately, his refusal to acknowledge the arrival of the railway and to adapt to the increasing industrialization of Ayrhire precipitates murder, suicide, and his family s tragic downfall.

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    1. Overall, The House with the Green Shutters was fascinating. I found it interesting in the sense that at the intro, I accepted that I wasn't going to like the main character--and, I assumed, the protagonist. Gourlay Sr however, is not what I would call a protagonist. Brown introduced character after character that was not someone I would ever, ever want to spend physical time with (although some of them were amusing, and many had odd little quirks that made observing them worthwhile). The small h [...]

    2. Considerada la primera novela realista escocesa, "La casa de las persianas verdes" merece un pedestal de honor en la historia de la literatura. La elección de un lugar ficticio llamado Barbie hace sospechar que muchos de los personajes retratados pudieron existir en realidad en algún recóndito pueblecito de Escocia. Con un magnífico tono irónico constante, -George Douglas Brown nos narra el auge y la caída de John Gourlay, un tirano altanero y presuntuoso que disfruta humillando a cuantos [...]

    3. George Douglas Brown. De las tinieblasHay una frase completamente misteriosa en las solapas de este último libro editado por Ardicia: «Recuerdo la primera novela en inglés que leí. Era una llamada La casa de las persianas verdes. Después de terminarla quería ser escocés.» Decía esto Jorge Luis Borges y, bueno, sería un propósito muy digno de alabanza si no fuera porque esta novela, confirmando las impresiones de William Somerset Maugham en el prólogo, es un catálogo espectacular e i [...]

    4. This book written by Scottish writer George Douglas Brown was first published in 1901. It is a representation of the pettiness and greed and vindictiveness he knew of small town Scottish life. Our story takes place in the small village of Barbie, in eastern Scotland. John Gourley is the central character, a mean spirited and arrogant man who lords over the town folk. Situated in the center of town, the House with the Green Shutters is the expensive house he has sunk all his money into and symbol [...]

    5. The House With the Green Shutters, written by George Douglas Brown, is an uncompromising look into dark heart of Scotland. Set in the fictional country town of Barbie (based on a small country town called Ochiltree, only twenty minutes from my hometown) in Ayrshire, South west Scotland, it follows the ruthless carrier John Gourlay during the industrialization of Ayrshire at the beginning of the twentieth century. In typical realist style, the settings, the characters, the actions are all vividly [...]

    6. Made it to page 124 and even that was a struggle. Found it slow and cumbersome and I just didn't care about any of it - the people, place or plot! I have a very hard time walking away from a book but ya know what? Life's too short and there is always another book waiting to be read.

    7. Oh my goodness. The story is going to stay in my mind for quite a while now - I can't stop thinking about the family, the villagers and especially "The House With The Green Shutters".I heard of this book years ago from an old work colleague of mine and I must admit, I picked it up and read the start a few times before I could get into it. The story picked up half way through for me. I'm so glad I persevered as it was one of my best reads so far for this year

    8. Can't believe no-one's reviewed this - it's tip top! Proper grim but, like a proper tragedy, the story unfolds in such a way that the characters' ends are inevitable. Expresses in novel form why I would never want to live in Ayrshire.

    9. Almost forgotten now, George Douglas Brown was the illegitimate son of an Ayrshire farmer. He nevertheless earned himself a place at Glasgow University and then won the Snell scholarship to study at Balliol College, Oxford. He died at just 33. His writing has always been contrasted with J.M. Barrie's more upbeat Scottish stories, but possibly a more relevant comparison is to another contemporary, Thomas Hardy. Like Hardy's work, The House with the Green Shutters is rooted in a rural background t [...]

    10. Read this for a module at uni and enjoyed it a lot more than I expected! I can see why it is so important in the world of scottish fiction, and some of Brown's language is brilliant. Discussing the themes of imagination, fate and tragedy in class today gave me a lot to think about. I'm glad I didn't write this one off and gave it a fair chance.

    11. It is difficult to use the words 'like' or 'enjoyed' about a book this unremittingly grim. However, one can appreciate good writing, and the psychological profiles offered. The book subverts the Kailyard school of - where happy rural communities come together beside bonnie briar bushes. In Barbie, the fictional Ayrshire town where The House with Green Shutters sits, the community of 'bodies' is a malignant Greek chorus spreading gossip and watching with undisguised glee as the haulage empire of [...]

    12. Someone told me this was the greatest book he ever read, another told me it was dreary. I agree more with the first critic. Written and set in early twentieth century Scotland, this novel tells the story of small town Scottish life, with all its petty rivalries and bitterness on show. It focuses on the Gourlay family, John the proud tyrannical father (whose mutual hatred with the townsfolk leads to his eventual downfall), his wimpy wife, their sick daughter and weak alcoholic son.The book is mer [...]

    13. Brilliantly written; the virtuoso use of language really makes this book. It has many interesting and insightful observations and vivid imagery. Well-structured and compellingly logical; it has a sense of inevitability, a tragic "pull" that can be felt at every moment. On the down-side, it is a bit of a chore to read a book full of awful people. It also suffered a bit from having too many characters that are mere walking names. Templandmuir’s wife, for example, is just a temporarily needed plo [...]

    14. I had great difficulty reading this book because of the text being largely Scottish dialogue. It moved slowly in the beginning and I heard myself saying "what's the point of this book?" "is this book so old (1901) that there is no relevance for 2012?" Now I find it is a very timely book though a bit Kafkaesk. Think about the place you live. Think about the fancy houses owned by local business owners. Think about their impact on local government. Think about those merchants who have always enjoye [...]

    15. gutenberg/ebooks/25876Opening: The frowsy chambermaid of the "Red Lion" had just finished washing the front door steps. She rose from her stooping posture and, being of slovenly habit, flung the water from her pail straight out, without moving from where she stood. The smooth round arch of the falling water glistened for a moment in mid-air. John Gourlay, standing in front of his new house at the head of the brae, could hear the swash of it when it fell. The morning was of perfect stillness.

    16. Very depressing book ending but very true to small town life and how people interact with each other. Sadly the petty vindictiveness and curtain twitching still happens today in small towns. Might need the online Scottish dictionary to understand some of the writing tho if you try to read it lol

    17. It's a very dark book, but for those who want to read it, that is part of its appeal, and expected as it is one of the only anti-kailyard novels. It offers a more realistic view of Scotland and the Industrial Revolution than most books, but it's a very extreme viewpoint. It was interesting.

    18. A timeless portrayal of the provincial Scottish community. A must-read for anyone interested in Scottish Literature.

    19. More restraint in some of the descriptions would have made the more important ones stand out and feel more chilling.

    20. The narrative style is vivid and quite pretty and the ending is SO INTENSE. Despite the characters that were difficult to sympathize with and the intense ending, I really liked it.

    21. Excellently told tale, although uncomfortable reading. Brown articulated clearly a flawed way of life, and a journey to self-destruction. Should be a classic.

    22. The book was good, but I couldn't sympathize with any of the characters, and the ENDING! Very Hardy-esque! Mom, I'll lend it to you when I'm home next.

    23. A gem in the Scottish Kailyard school. Fantastically vivid drawing of characters set again a firm, devout commitment to engaging with the symptoms of an ailing rural society.

    24. Hay obras cuyo valor está estrechamente ligado a la época en la que fueron escritas. Esta me parece que es una de ellas. Según nos explica Somerset Maugham en el prólogo que acompaña la edición de Ardicia, la novela supuso una ruptura con todo lo que se estaba publicando sobre Escocia y los escoceses por aquellos años. En mi opinión, ese aspecto ha perdido toda su fuerza con el tiempo y no ha sido sustituido por ningún otro atractivo.Tres puntos están en la base de mis problemas con la [...]

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