The Oxford Trilogy – John Wain : poet, novelist, and critic
John Wain, , was an English novelist and critic. He served as professor of poetry at Oxford () and wrote or edited more than seventy books. John Barrington Wain CBE (14 March – 24 May ) was an English poet, novelist, and . aka The Free Zone Starts Here (winner of the Whitbread Prize); Where the Rivers Meet (); Comedies (); Hungry Generations (). Where the Rivers Meet [John Wain] on hidden-facts.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Set in Oxford, this novel is the first of a projected trilogy spanning fifty.
At home, his parents and his brother do not understand his passion for books and history, and it is nice to see him develop a rich appreciation of their lives and their work, as he grows older. His love life is centered around two girls, Vinnie and Heather. Vinnie is a shop girl who initiates him into sex; with Heather he keeps a steady relationship over years with plenty of sexual encounters that keep him focused on his studies. I found this aspect of the novel a bit obscure, but maybe it is based on autobiographical elements.
Peter's attitude to women and sex feels a bit dated these days. Although both his mum and Heather protest that they are not part of the furniture the kitchen's and the bedroom's, respectivelyand the feminist cause has been out there for a while, Peter seems to see women mainly as sexual partners and although devoted, he doesn't seem all that romantic to me, and the question of marriage with Heather is only brought into the open by her, or by predictable circumstances.
In the days before the pills and safe contraceptive methods, I think Oxford in a way is not entirely mistaken in encouraging its students to remain celibate. Maybe not so much "celibate": Is that so unreasonable? As in Gaudy Night, the novel is full of beautiful realistic descriptions of the Oxford streets and colleges, as well as the surrounding countryside.
The book, like I said, is nostalgic, and the narrator often compares Peter's world with today's that is to say, the 's. I hope that you enjoy the photos and reading the happier posts the majority and take a little from them.
Where The Rivers Meet
Frank, October Sunday, 6 April fritillaries, john wain, where the rivers meet, waterman's arms, hay fever, a conscious englishman, cambridge quarterly The fritillaries are out in our garden! As an undergraduate, it was such a delight to walk round Magdalen meadows and see fritillaries flowering in abundance - both pink and white ones.
They are rare now, in the wild, only appearing in one or two water-meadows along the Oxfordshire Thames. Once, though, if the novelist and one-time Oxford University Professor of Poetry, John Wain, is to be believed, they were much more widespread.
Where the Rivers Meet by John Wain
In his wonderful Oxford novel, Where the Rivers Meet, children pick bunches of them in the meadows near Iffley and sell them to the florists in the Covered Market.
The flowers were killed off by herbicides, I suppose, during the ' War Ag '. But in about the pub was done up. The novelist got as far as the porch, took one look at the refurbished bar and never set foot in it again. It was a great, old-fashioned pub in those days.
Where the Rivers Meet: hidden-facts.info: John Wain: Books
Always packed, on a Sunday especially. John Wain's obituary photo in The Times was taken in the old Waterman's. I believe that, sadly, John Wain's novels are out of print now - though still available on the web and in second-hand bookshops.
Earlier this week, I thought my cough and cold had come back - with a vengeance.
- The Oxford Trilogy
- Where the Rivers Meet
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