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The House with the Green Shutters

By: George Douglas Brown
Published By: Double9 Books
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"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown is a quintessential Scottish literary masterpiece, delving deep into the intricacies of small-town life in rural Scotland with unflinching social realism. Through an intense character study, Brown paints a vivid portrait of the inhabitants of a small Scottish town, revealing the tragedy and complexities beneath the idyllic surface.
The novel explores themes of ambition and greed, laying bare the harsh realities of class struggle and moral decay in a society rife with conflict. With remarkable psychological depth, Brown delves into the minds of his characters, exposing their innermost thoughts and motivations. Set against the backdrop of rural Scotland, the narrative unfolds with stark realism, offering poignant social commentary on the human condition and the societal structures that shape it. Through powerful symbolism, Brown illuminates the underlying tensions and dynamics at play in the town. "The House with the Green Shutters" is a timeless work that resonates with readers, challenging them to confront uncomfortable truths about ambition, greed, and the fragility of human nature in the face of societal pressures.

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George Douglas Brown

George Douglas Brown, a Scottish novelist, is best known for his hugely important realism novel The House with the Green Shutters (1901), which was published the year before his death at 33. Brown was the illegitimate son of a farmer and an Irish woman. He attended school in Ochiltree, Coylton, and Ayr, and his academic prowess qualified him to study Classics at the University of Glasgow and Balliol College, Oxford. However, his studies were delayed by his mother's illness; he went to Ayrshire to nurse her, but she died, and he barely passed his final exams in 1895. The novel paints a vivid image of the harsher and less pleasant parts of Scottish life and character, and it was viewed as a helpful counterpoint to the rosier depictions of the kailyard school of J. M. Barrie and Ian Maclaren. It was reprinted several times throughout the twentieth century, most recently by Birlinn of Edinburgh. The Green Shutters Festival of Working Class Writing, an annual event in Brown's memory, takes place in Ochiltree, the town said to be the model for Barbie's hamlet.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2024
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 216pages
  • ISBN-10: 9362767457
  • ISBN-13: 9789362767455
  • Item Weight: 280.8g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 12.1mm
  • Reading age: 10+
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / Literary