The Adventurers, by Margot Heinemann:
Lawrence and Wishart. 15s.
nearly three years ago, in ULR 4, Raymond Williams wrote about the breakdown in the tradition of the realistic novel.
“There is a kind of novel which in fact creates and judges the quality of a whole way of living in terms of the qualities of persons. The balance involved in this achievement is perhaps the most important thing about it. . . . Neither element, neither the society nor the individual, is there as a priority. The society is not a background against which the personal relationships are studied, nor are the individuals merely illustrations of aspects of the way of life.”
This tradition, he argued, has split into two streams, “social” and “personal”: “each lacks a dimension, for the way of life is neither aggregation nor unit, but a whole indivisible process.”