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More filters. Sort order. Aug 27, Robin Friedman rated it it was amazing. Frequently overlooked or downplayed among his works, "Will Warburton" shows marked shifts for Gissing. Moving from his characteristic pessimism, Gissing's novel is indeed a romance that ends happily in a successful courtship and marriage between two people much in love.

In the book, Gissing's hero moves from the ranks of the upper-middle class to a lower social strata. The novel is set in London against the background of greed, business speculation and financial ruin.

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Thus it has a disquietingly contemporary feel. As the book opens, Will Warburton, young, open-hearted and generous, is in the business of refining sugar with his improvident and scheming friend Godfrey Sherwood. With the business experiencing difficulties, Sherwood proposes that the pair cut their losses in sugar refining and become involved instead in the manufacture of jam. Warburton acquires the necessary capital from his aging mother and his sister, who sell a treasured family property to finance the venture.

To keep them from penury, Warburton plans on paying his mother and sister a varying share of interest from the profits of the jam business. Alas the business comes to naught. Sherwood quickly loses Warburton's capital, as well as his own, in a stock market speculation. Warburton is ruined. With his small remaining funds and the assistance of a man named Allchief, a brusque individual who tends to engage in fighting when unoccupied with work, Warburton opens a small grocery store under the name of Jollyman.

Gissing makes much of Warburton giving up his business dress and wearing instead the apron of a grocer as reflective of his diminution in class. Warburton keeps his new occupation, a distinct step down in his own eyes and in the eyes of others, a secret in order to save his mother and sister from embarrassment. The shop prospers and Warburton is able to pay his mother and sister the promised minimal return on their capital.

But Warburton remains ashamed and ambivalent about his new career. He also feels guilty over his secrecy and deception. The novel sets off Warburton's upper class friends with his newly-acquired friends to the detriment, on the whole, of the former. Warburton's story is contrasted with that of a young painter and friend, Norbert Franks, whose efforts Warburton had encouraged at an early stage of Frank's career with loans.

Franks had aspired to serious art, but he becomes a portrait painter who achieves great financial success with no artistic distinction. In his poor days, Frank had tried to win the love of a beautiful amateur painter, Rosamund Evan, who accepts his marriage proposal but then jilts him. Frank then courts a poor but talented artist, Bertha Cross. With the seeming end of the relationship between Franks and Rosamund, Warburton cautiously tries to court Rosamund. She is responsive at first but ends the relationship abruptly when she visits the grocery store and sees that Warburton is the proprietor, Jollyman.

Rosamund then returns to Franks whom, up until the discovery of Jollyman, she had continued to spurn. Franks is all-too-willing to leave Bertha for the beautiful Rosamund, even though Rosamund had earlier abandoned him. Warburton begins courting Bertha who is able to look to his heart and not to his grocer's apron. She accepts him. Warburton continues his modest life as a grocer with its independence. He becomes free of social cant and open and accepting about his position in life.

The married couple, Franks and Rosamund want little to do with their former friend Warburton, and Gissing is emphatic that Warburton is well rid of them. In Gissing's best-known novel, "New Grub Street", which tells of literary life in Victorian London, Gissing draws a portrait of a poor, serious writer, Biffen, who does not write to please the multitudes. Biffen works diligently on a work of social realism that has no chance of achieving popularity, a novel called "Mr Bailey: Grocer".

The novel explores the lives of those whom Biffen calls the "ignobly decent". In a climactic scene in "New Grub Street", Biffen rushes into a burning building to save the manuscript of "Mr. Bailey:Grocer" from destruction. Bailey: Grocer" with its portrayal of the unglamorous but stolidly honest life of the hero. In its portrait of love and romance, "Will Warburton" also bears resemblances to another earlier Gissing work, the short novel "Eve's Ransom" in which the young protagonist, Maurice Hilliard, loses the woman he loves to a wealthier man but finds peace and independence for himself.

Unfortunately little read today, "Will Warburton" explores Gissing's familiar themes of love relationships, art, and commerce, with a light, humorous touch and, most importantly, a great deal of hope. Gissing ended his career fittingly with this novel. Robin Friedman Jul 06, Little Nell rated it really liked it Shelves: classics , read-again , four-star-novels , r-r.

Will Warburton: A Romance Of Real Life is the last novel of George Gissing, it was written while he was dying and was not published until , two years after his death. I read this immediately after his novel "In The Year Of Jubilee" for no reason other than it was next on my bookshelf. I was often amused by the ideas o Will Warburton: A Romance Of Real Life is the last novel of George Gissing, it was written while he was dying and was not published until , two years after his death. I was often amused by the ideas of Will and the people around him.

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The books begins with Will Warburton returning to his home in London after a holiday in Switzerland with "the sea-wind in his hair, his eyes agleam with the fresh memory of Alpine snows". We are told he is a young man "three or four years on the green side of thirty". Immediately on arriving at his flat in London his housekeeper, Mrs. Hopper tells him that her brother-in-law is in trouble again, and Will tells her to have the brother-in-law come see him the next morning letting us know he intends to help the brother-in-law out of his trouble.

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Then we are told that Mrs. Hopper is not the best of housekeepers having a tendency to break things, a dish and two plates this time; although I'm not sure what the difference is between a dish and a plate, and that her ideas of cleanliness were by no means rigid; but that she was " a widow, she had a poor, loose-hung, trailing little body" , again letting us know that Will is more interested in helping her than in her qualities as a housekeeper.

Now he asks Mrs. Hopper about her sister and on hearing of her headaches volunteers to pay the expenses for the sister to go away for a change of air to help her condition. Having had a headache most of my life, I fail to see how a change of air will help, but I'm no doctor.

It is clear that Will likes helping the less fortunate people with his money, and he likes his position in life, he likes having people depend on him and look up to him. However, Will is about to loose all he has and his life will change forever. Will is in partership with Godfrey Sherwood, the sole representative of Sherwood Brothers and they own a sugar refinery.

It says of Will ; "Here he sat for certain hours of the solid day, issuing orders to clerks, receiving commercial callers, studying trade journals in sundry languages--often reading some book which had no obvious reference to the sugar-refining industry. And so goes his life until the bottom falls out of the sugar industry and Godfrey Sherwood convinces Will they will have to get into a different type of product; jam. I'm not sure why jam making would be any safer than sugar refining; but that's just me. Godfrey and Will sell their sugar business and agree to buy the Applegarth jam factory.

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Not only do they put all their money into the new business venture, but Godfrey convinces Will to invest all his mother and sister's money as well. Shortly after this, when Will is expecting settlement to be reached and to begin business in the jam industry he receives a letter from Godfrey informing him that all the money has been lost.

Godfrey had gone into the money market, and upon winning the first time, continued speculating, winning sometimes, losing more, using his money first, then Will's, until finally all the money is gone. Now both are nearly penniless and must begin again. Godfrey has hopes of getting paid back on a loan he had made to a friend some time ago, and he leaves for the country to stay with relatives and try to rebuild his fortune.

He is seldom seen after this. Will decides to take the little money he has left and buy a grocer's shop in a poorer district of London, there he is sure he will be able to spend his life in a grocer's shop without anyone he knows becoming aware of it. And so begins the rest of the story, the days, months and then years of keeping the secret from his family and friends. Will in his grocer's shop which he has named "Jollyman's Grocery" and known only as Mr.

Jollyman to the people in the area. The life he finds humiliating. The surprising, or should I say the not so surprising reactions of the people he is close to once they begin to find out what he really does with his time. There are other interesting characters in the novel, Godfrey, who once the money is gone, goes to Ireland and comes up with a "scheme for making a fortune out of Irish eggs and poultry.


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Then there is Rosamund Elvan, engaged to Will's best friend Norbert Franks, an artist starving of course. While he is starving Rosamund is proud of him, proud that he refuses to lower his standards and paint inferior works just to sell, but once his art begins to make money, she breaks the engagement. She says: " I ought to have married him in the first year, when I had courage and hope enough to face any hardships.

We spoke of it, but he was too generous. What a splendid thing to have starved with him--to have worked for him whilst he was working for art and fame, to have gone through and that together, and have come out triumphant! That was a life worth living. But to begin marriage at one's ease on the profits of pictures such as 'Sanctuary'--oh, the shame of it! Do you think I could face the friends who would come to see me?