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Born in Exile by George Gissing

Born in Exile - George R. Gissing

This was a difficult read, not just due to some slower passages, but because the main character is so unsympathetic.  Not only is he a opinionated and close-minded, but he sees himself as a victim, mainly of the class system and society.  He goes on like this, despite contradictions to his worldview, never giving other people a chance to prove him wrong, and it's difficult to see this unfold.  The other people he encounters are a little more sympathetic, but not by much.

 

As with other Gissing novels, this also deal with several heavier topics, like whether religion can survive in a science-oriented world, and whether women should be educated and "emancipated."

 

After all the drama, I sort of felt like the ending was almost deserved.