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In the Year of Jubilee

George Gissing

Book Overview: 

The Jubilee marks the fiftieth year of the reign of Queen Victoria. Dickensian in its sweeping scope of London life, Jubilee depicts the harsh and disreputable conditions of lower-middle class life at the end of the 19th century.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .od cowed before her, limp and tremulous.

'There, light the gas. Why couldn't you come into the drawing-room, like other people do?'

'Who is there?' asked the young man, when he had obeyed her.

'Go and see for yourself.'

'Don't be angry, Fanny.' He followed her, like a dog, as she walked round the table to look at herself in the mirror over the fireplace. 'It was only because I'm so fond of you.'

'Oh, what a silly you are!' she laughed, seating herself on the arm of an easy-chair. 'Go ahead! What's the latest?'

'Well, for one thing, I've had a very clear understanding with the gov'nor about my independence. I showed him that I meant having my own way, and he might bully as much as he liked.'

It was not thus that Horace would naturally have spoken, not thus that he thought of his father. Fanny had subdued him to her own level, poisoned him with the desires excited by her presence. And he knew his . . . Read More

Community Reviews

There was one plot point I saw from a mile away, but other than that, another entertaining novel by George Gissing.

Strong writing, interesting characters, and a story that kept me reading. Not exactly inspiring, especially for women, and the ending didn't seem justified (beyond a main character just being a jerk). I'm not quite sure what Gissing intended or how this fits with his other novels.

Unsatisfactory ending

The problems of poverty and the debasing effect of London
slums troubled the young Gissing and he tried to address
the problems in books like "The Unclassed", "Thyzra" and
his masterpiece "The Nether World", but by 1893, after
finally finding modest success, the biggest problems he
saw was the encroa...more

In The Year Of The Jubilee is a novel by George Gissing written in 1894. The title refers to the Golden Jubilee in 1887, marking Queen Victoria’s 50th year on the throne. It has been said that this novel was written in Gissing’s best, strongest period. I really have no idea if that is true, I'll...more

Really enjoyed this; I love the female characters (except maybe for Ada) even if the ending was slightly disappointing.

A really good early work. Gissing presents his story in an England where the middle class is indifferent to the monarch's anniversary, the working class use it merely as an excuse to get drunk and the police stewarding of the crowds is an opportunity for gratuitous violence. As England stands on...more

Miss Lord Of Camberwell

George Gissing originally titled this 1894 novel with the title of this review, but his publisher persuaded him to use "In the Year of Jubilee" instead. Gissing (1857 -- 1903) was a late Victorian novelist who remains relatively unknown. Among other things, his book are dis...more

Progressive women, first advertising man in Literature, great characterizations and interesting plots. A bit hard to read in the old fashion way it's written but worth it.

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