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    A slightly dated charmer featuring an oddball group of travelling theatrical types in 1920s England, that I m really surprised I never heard of before my goodreads friend Kathy brought it to my attention I enjoyed it a lot, and I m not sure if I should say despite or because of its being so very long I felt completely immersed in the travels of these people, it was often funny, and many of the characterizations delicious For some reason though, I was quite happy to read just a bit at a time, A slightly dated charmer featuring an oddball group of travelling theatrical types in 1920s England, that I m really surprised I never heard of before my goodreads friend Kathy brought it to my attention I enjoyed it a lot, and I m not sure if I should say despite or because of its being so very long I felt completely immersed in the travels of these people, it was often funny, and many of the characterizations delicious For some reason though, I was quite happy to read just a bit at a time, so this 600 page door stopper took forever to get through, and I m already behind on my quite modest 2020 goodreads challenge


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    I found a 1986 copy of The Good Companions tucked in the sad, abandoned books closet in the common room of our dormitory I was desperate for a novel that wouldn t depress me for some reason, the books I grabbed on my way up to Boston were all intelligently and academically unhappy, a little rubbing and joyless, or otherwise just unsettling This story filled a literary need I didn t know I had Brilliant characterization, brilliant storytelling, characters developed quickly, deftly, danced a I found a 1986 copy of The Good Companions tucked in the sad, abandoned books closet in the common room of our dormitory I was desperate for a novel that wouldn t depress me for some reason, the books I grabbed on my way up to Boston were all intelligently and academically unhappy, a little rubbing and joyless, or otherwise just unsettling This story filled a literary need I didn t know I had Brilliant characterization, brilliant storytelling, characters developed quickly, deftly, danced across the page and then cut loose at exactly the right time I adored reading it It was brilliant I don t know if I d recommend it to other people it s possible it just hit what I needed, personally, at one specific moment but this impulse find is now one of my favorite novels of all time


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    If you re thinking about reading this wonderful novel, you ve got to be prepared for an extremely long period piece written immediately after World War I that s a little slow getting started, that s about the lives of Britain s long forgotten music hall troupes, and that s devoid of any really sensational plot developments If that doesn t stop you, GET THIS BOOK It s one of my best reads of 2013 and maybe 2012, as well Priestley introduces us to three discontented people a lonely unmarrie If you re thinking about reading this wonderful novel, you ve got to be prepared for an extremely long period piece written immediately after World War I that s a little slow getting started, that s about the lives of Britain s long forgotten music hall troupes, and that s devoid of any really sensational plot developments If that doesn t stop you, GET THIS BOOK It s one of my best reads of 2013 and maybe 2012, as well Priestley introduces us to three discontented people a lonely unmarried woman who s just sold all the furnishings in the family home and moved into a cottage, a discontented factory laborer in the North, and a well born, underemployed music teacher in the worst and funniest fictional school since Dotheboys Hall in Dickens MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT Well, maybe the university in Kingsley Amis LUCKY JIM should be on the list, too, but that s about it One by one, the members of this mismatched trio leave their unsatisfying lives behind and take to the road Inevitably, their lives intersect Extremely evitably, if there is such a word, they all wind up involved in trying to resuscitate a failing variety troupe that s working the rag end of British vaudeville in its final, melancholy days It s show business, but just barely.Among Priestley s many gifts are indelible characterization, a powerful sense of place, a fine, understated sense of humor, and the ability to write stories without villains Adversity itself is villain enough in this world The book reminds me of Dickens in both its humor and its theatricality but that s not to take away from Priestley s individuality THE GOOD COMPANIONS was a sensational best seller in its day, it s been the basis of several stage plays and half a dozen movies Judi Dench, who starred in one of the films, provides an introduction to this excellent Kindle edition and Priestley spent the rest of his life trying to write something that would make people stop thinking of him as the author of THE GOOD COMPANIONS He got quite sticky about it and probably wound up regretting having written it.Just in case I haven t made myself clear, I love this book


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    I re read this book last summer and loved it just as much as the first time It was first published in 1929 and I hope it s not out of print It s a road book, which I love, and involves a cast of memorable characters all drawn together into one traveling theatrical company It probably helps to be able to decipher Yorkshire and cockney accents, but once you can do that, it s as full of good things as a plum pudding hmmm full of plums I recently read in Private Battles a selection of firs I re read this book last summer and loved it just as much as the first time It was first published in 1929 and I hope it s not out of print It s a road book, which I love, and involves a cast of memorable characters all drawn together into one traveling theatrical company It probably helps to be able to decipher Yorkshire and cockney accents, but once you can do that, it s as full of good things as a plum pudding hmmm full of plums I recently read in Private Battles a selection of first hand accounts of England and Scotland during the Blitz that Priestly was much loved at the time for his radio broadcasts, and seen as the voice of the working people If anyone knowsabout this, let me know


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    A delightful book, with lovable and memorable characters and lots of local colour Follows the adventures of a troupe of music hall performers in what must be the 1920s, as they travel through small town England The diverse cast of characters is viewed mainly through the eyes of two outsiders Jess Oakroyd, a working class middle aged man from Yorkshire who has run away from home and unsympathetic wife and Miss Trant, a middle aged lady who has come into a small fortune and decides to foll A delightful book, with lovable and memorable characters and lots of local colour Follows the adventures of a troupe of music hall performers in what must be the 1920s, as they travel through small town England The diverse cast of characters is viewed mainly through the eyes of two outsiders Jess Oakroyd, a working class middle aged man from Yorkshire who has run away from home and unsympathetic wife and Miss Trant, a middle aged lady who has come into a small fortune and decides to follow her dream and support the stranded troupe Not a great book but thoroughly enjoyable


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    From BBC Radio 4 Dra,a John Retallack s dramatisation of J B Priestley s classic story of a 1929 Concert Party tour charts new adventures for factory worker Jess Oakroyd and newly independant Miss Trant.Music composed by Neil BrandMusicians Neil Brand, Michael Hammond Alex Hammond.Director David Hunter.https www.bbc.co.uk programmes b09s From BBC Radio 4 Dra,a John Retallack s dramatisation of J B Priestley s classic story of a 1929 Concert Party tour charts new adventures for factory worker Jess Oakroyd and newly independant Miss Trant.Music composed by Neil BrandMusicians Neil Brand, Michael Hammond Alex Hammond.Director David Hunter.https www.bbc.co.uk programmes b09s


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    I loved the way that Priestley drew you into this story and his portrayal of the Northern character His descriptions of the various events which lead to the formation of the Good Companions was wonderful and I couldn t put the book down I now have to readPriestley


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Bettie s Books Bettie s Books


  9. says:

    I am at last reading The Good Companions I love it That s the sort of book I would like to write P.G Wodehouse I am at last reading The Good Companions I love it That s the sort of book I would like to write P.G Wodehouse


  10. says:

    Maybe not great literature but I can t remember the last time I enjoyed a book so much.


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The Good Companions [PDF / EPUB] The Good Companions Probably the most popular of Priestley s novels, The Good Companions was an instant best seller when it was first published in July , and, while JBP came to feel its success subsequently overshadowed Probably the most popular of Priestley s novels, The Good Companions was an instant best seller when it was first published in July , and, while JBP came to feel its success subsequently overshadowed many important works, the book has remained popular It was his third novel and it is certainly well written and very readable It is, too, an enjoyable romp, all about a stranded theatrical group the Dinky Doos rescued by Miss Trant and coverted into the Good Companions, and involving their adventures with such characters as Jess Oakroyd, the middle aged joiner The Good ePUB Ñ from Bruddersford, who breaks free from his miserable domestic existence, Susie Dean and Inigo Jollifant It is the sort of long, colourful novel which was one of Priestley s hallmarks, and it is clear that Priestley enjoyed himself writing it He regarded the job as not so much a task, a kind of holidayOne of the ironies of the success of The Good Companions is that when he discussed his idea for the book with his publishers they told him that such a book would not appeal to the current reading public However, the germ of the story was embedded deep into his mind and heart, and writing the novel became something of an obsession He had made up his mind to write a novel that he himself could enjoy even if nobody else didand, in the event, a great many others also loved it The novel arrived at a time when the country was in depression, and someone commented that The Good Companions soared out of the gloom like a fairy tale to lift thousands of minds into a world of literary enchantment David Hughes in JB Priestley An Informal Study of His Work , wrote The Good Companions is a simple book, plainly constructed and straightforwardly told Like so much of Priestley s work, its action begins on a note of rebellion, while its impulse is the search for romance without losing sight of reality indeed, staring into the very heart of reality for the magic Jess Oakroyd is pitched into loneliness by the drab quarrrelling of his family Miss Trant, suddenly relieved in early middle age of a burden that might have lasted her lifetime, turns against the trivial monotony of her genteel days in a Cotswold village Inigo Jollifant, surrounded in the prep school where he teaches by petty rulings, is refused permission to play the piano by the headmaster s wife, gets drunk and escapes into the night Three separate rebellions against the frustrations of life put three characters on the road for what is probably the longest picaresque novel in English since Pickwick Priestley started to write The Good Companions in January , and he delivered the manuscript to Heinemann in March At least two films have been made of The Good Companions, and it has been turned into a play on several occasions.

    EPUB is an ebook file format Companions, and involving their adventures with such characters as Jess Oakroyd, the middle aged joiner The Good ePUB Ñ from Bruddersford, who breaks free from his miserable domestic existence, Susie Dean and Inigo Jollifant It is the sort of long, colourful novel which was one of Priestley s hallmarks, and it is clear that Priestley enjoyed himself writing it He regarded the job as not so much a task, a kind of holidayOne of the ironies of the success of The Good Companions is that when he discussed his idea for the book with his publishers they told him that such a book would not appeal to the current reading public However, the germ of the story was embedded deep into his mind and heart, and writing the novel became something of an obsession He had made up his mind to write a novel that he himself could enjoy even if nobody else didand, in the event, a great many others also loved it The novel arrived at a time when the country was in depression, and someone commented that The Good Companions soared out of the gloom like a fairy tale to lift thousands of minds into a world of literary enchantment David Hughes in JB Priestley An Informal Study of His Work , wrote The Good Companions is a simple book, plainly constructed and straightforwardly told Like so much of Priestley s work, its action begins on a note of rebellion, while its impulse is the search for romance without losing sight of reality indeed, staring into the very heart of reality for the magic Jess Oakroyd is pitched into loneliness by the drab quarrrelling of his family Miss Trant, suddenly relieved in early middle age of a burden that might have lasted her lifetime, turns against the trivial monotony of her genteel days in a Cotswold village Inigo Jollifant, surrounded in the prep school where he teaches by petty rulings, is refused permission to play the piano by the headmaster s wife, gets drunk and escapes into the night Three separate rebellions against the frustrations of life put three characters on the road for what is probably the longest picaresque novel in English since Pickwick Priestley started to write The Good Companions in January , and he delivered the manuscript to Heinemann in March At least two films have been made of The Good Companions, and it has been turned into a play on several occasions."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 618 pages
  • The Good Companions
  • J.B. Priestley
  • English
  • 22 March 2017
  • 014001683X

About the Author: J.B. Priestley

John Boynton Priestley, the son of a schoolmaster, was born in Bradford in September , and after schooling he worked for a time in the local wool trade Following the outbreak of the Great War in , Priestley joined the British Army, and was sent to France in taking part in the Battle of Loos After being wounded in Priestley returned to England for six months then, after going back to the Western Front he suffered the consequences of a German gas attack, and, treated at Rouen, he was declared unfit for active The Good ePUB Ñ service and was transferred to the Entertainers Section of the British Army When Priestley left the army he studied at Cambridge University, where he completed a degree in Modern History and Political Science Subsequently he found work as theatre reviewer with the Daily News, and also contributed to the Spectator, the Challenge and Nineteenth Century His earliest books included The English Comic Characters , The English Novel , and English Humour His breakthrough came with the immensely popular novel The Good Companions, published in , and Angel Pavement followed in He emerged, too, as a successful dramatist with such plays as Dangerous Corner , Time and the Conways , When We Are Married and An Inspector Calls The publication of English Journey in emphasised Priestley s concern for social problems and the welfare of ordinary peopleDuring the Second World War Priestley became a popular and influential broadcaster with his famous Postscripts that followed the nine o clock news BBC Radio on Sunday evenings Starting on th June , Priestley built up such a following that after a few months it was estimated that around per cent of the adult population in Britain was listening to the programmeSome members of the Conservative Party, including Winston Churchill, expressed concern that Priestley might be expressing left wing views on the programme, and, to his dismay, Priestley was dropped after his talk on th October After the war Priestley continued his writing, and his work invariably provoked thought, and his views were always expressed in his blunt Yorkshire styleHis prolific output continued right up to his final years, and to the end he remained the great literary all rounder His favourite amiong his books was for many years the novel Bright Day, though he later said he had come to prefer The Image MenIt should not be overlooked that Priestley was an outstanding essayist, and many of his short pieces best capture his passions and his great talent and his mastery of the English language He set a fine example for any would be author.