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The Fall of Valor ❰Read❯ ➵ The Fall of Valor Author Charles Jackson – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The first significant work of American literature to confront the subjefct of homosexuality, this extraordinary novel is as relevant today as it was forty years ago, when it first shocked World War II The first significant work of American literature to confront the subjefct of homosexuality, this extraordinary novel is as relevant today as it was forty years The Fall ePUB í ago, when it first shocked World War II America The Fall of Valor is an unflinching portrayal of a marriage that has faded to a mere duty When John and Ethel Grandin vacation on Nantucket, they befriend a young marine captain The holiday, which had been intended to restore the couple s marriage, blasts it wider apart than ever, when John Grandin Finds himself hopelessly in love with the handsome marineThis moving work of emotions in passage was ahead of its time inNow The Fall of Valor will speak to a new generation, one living in a world of innocence lost, yet not completely free from the taboos of the past.

    The Fall of Valor eBook ✓ The Fall ePUB í marriage, blasts it wider apart than ever, when John Grandin Finds himself hopelessly in love with the handsome marineThis moving work of emotions in passage was ahead of its time inNow The Fall of Valor will speak to a new generation, one living in a world of innocence lost, yet not completely free from the taboos of the past."/>
  • Paperback
  • 310 pages
  • The Fall of Valor
  • Charles Jackson
  • English
  • 02 October 2018
  • 0877958343

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10 thoughts on “The Fall of Valor

  1. Shelter Somerset Shelter Somerset says:

    Set and written during World War II, Charles Jackson s The Fall of Valor is a masterful work that depicts marital crisis and simmering sexuality at a time when most of us might assume Americans would rather recoil from such frankness But as Jackson highlights, the second war, in some ways, brought sexuality to the American forefront for perhaps the first time John and Ethel Grandin, together ten years, hope a trip to the seashore might rekindle their troubled marriage But after meeting youn Set and written during World War II, Charles Jackson s The Fall of Valor is a masterful work that depicts marital crisis and simmering sexuality at a time when most of us might assume Americans would rather recoil from such frankness But as Jackson highlights, the second war, in some ways, brought sexuality to the American forefront for perhaps the first time John and Ethel Grandin, together ten years, hope a trip to the seashore might rekindle their troubled marriage But after meeting young honeymooners on the boat to Martha s Vineyard, John becomes obsessed with the groom, the handsome and burly Marine captain Cliff Hauman.The middle aged John, though handsome in his own right, seeks to absorb the Marine s glow, as does everyone else at the seaside resort everyone but the feminine, demure Ethel, who finds Cliff s overt masculinity vulgar and even threatening With the countless photographs and news reels of strong and often semi nude soldiers displayed across America, sexuality of the American male became an emblem celebrated by many rather than shied from For the first time since perhaps ancient Greece, the beauty of males rose loftier than that of females No one becomesaware of this than John, as he battles his mounting desires for Cliff, whose sexual ambiguity is a symbol for the modern day cowboy And so in a span of a weekend, daddy s boy Cliff goes from calling John sir to Johnnie As their flirtations grow, so does wife Ethel s frustrations.Jackson gives a unique glimpse inside the minds of people living on the home front To John and Ethel, a middle class couple with two school age boys, the war rages only in the news, noreal than the war in the Middle East is to most of us today John experiences painful embarrassment at seeing the youthful soldiers marched off toward foreign lands to what for some would be their deaths All the while he continues life as a college English professor, concerned about his post and the sexual confusion that the war and its horrible wasting of youth seem to have ignited As John reflects, his swelling homosexual desires might as well be a sign of the times Jackson and the original publisher Farrar and Straus gave no pretense to the novel s homosexual theme Sold as pop fiction at the time of its release in 1946, the moderate best seller was displayed prominently in drug stores with cover art depicting two men ogling each other before a cringing, neglected wife The prose is stellar, and, if not a bit repetitious, Jackson crafted his intelligent novel with a sharp focus on war guilt and masculine, often violent, sexuality I may not have liked all the characters personalities, yet I certainly felt an intimate connection with them At times I felt as if I were a marriage counselor, as the inner thoughts between John and Ethel switches back and forth, revealing deep morose and pain The climax culminates with a mingling of points of view of the principal players yet they are destined for a brutal parting.Jackson s novel is perhapsapproachable and relevant for today s readers than for those seventy years ago Out of print, the novel including the 1964 reprint that I read can be readily found on eBay and .com I highly recommend reading it

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  3. Dale Dale says:

    First published in 1946, this is a very brave and insightful novel A long neglected classic, deservingly republished by Valancourt Books I found the exploration of the prevailing attitudes of the characters, both male and female, very interesting Naivety, generalizations of normal behaviour and rigid societal conventions reigned supreme John s continual doubts about the normalcy of his feelings and the legitimacy of his marriage was particularly perceptive.As was probably very common at the First published in 1946, this is a very brave and insightful novel A long neglected classic, deservingly republished by Valancourt Books I found the exploration of the prevailing attitudes of the characters, both male and female, very interesting Naivety, generalizations of normal behaviour and rigid societal conventions reigned supreme John s continual doubts about the normalcy of his feelings and the legitimacy of his marriage was particularly perceptive.As was probably very common at the time, men who experienced same sex attraction agonizingly convinced themselves that it was a moral weakness and a wicked temptation that must be overcome This could simply be achieved with the love of a good woman The heteronormative path was the only way forward, leading to socially acceptable lives Below the surface, however, lives consisted of typically loveless marriages, shame and desperate unhappiness.Modern readers may find the novel frustrating and overly melodramatic, but it s an incredibly telling piece of social history

  4. Rosa Rosa says:

    This was upsetting I know some of you think it s dated, but it s not to me Catholic World review I think , 1946 The topic is one which might be discussed to the profit of a good many readers, were the treatment scientific and decent, but this book is neither It is not scientific because it confuses the normal and the abnormal in a way that can easily do irreparable damage to sensitive minds by provoking unreasonable fears, stimulating unanswerable questions, and leaving personalities defense This was upsetting I know some of you think it s dated, but it s not to me Catholic World review I think , 1946 The topic is one which might be discussed to the profit of a good many readers, were the treatment scientific and decent, but this book is neither It is not scientific because it confuses the normal and the abnormal in a way that can easily do irreparable damage to sensitive minds by provoking unreasonable fears, stimulating unanswerable questions, and leaving personalities defenseless against notoriously destructive impulsesHe uses language which not even the most hardened reviewer would dare to quote in the pages of a respectable magazine the kind that civilized people, even in our present outspoken era, never employ Perhaps the book will be a best seller The writer certainly has a gift for clever dialogue He can sustain interest in an everyday conversation or a landscape All thereason why he should be censured for having done something which must be classed as unprofitable to everyone concerned, except himself and his publisher

  5. Mylum Mylum says:

    An infuriating read Though it has a history now as a milestone in gay literature, I read it in the context of reading Charles Jackson s second novel On a purely sociological note, I don t find the novel all that extreme, or as the back of the pulp edition I read says, a theme evenshocking The Beat writers seemed to be doing this stuff late 1940s with way less of the mustiness and lack of humor that Jackson brings to the subject of sexuality.Aside from sociological concerns, the tr An infuriating read Though it has a history now as a milestone in gay literature, I read it in the context of reading Charles Jackson s second novel On a purely sociological note, I don t find the novel all that extreme, or as the back of the pulp edition I read says, a theme evenshocking The Beat writers seemed to be doing this stuff late 1940s with way less of the mustiness and lack of humor that Jackson brings to the subject of sexuality.Aside from sociological concerns, the truly infuriating part of the novel lies in its actual prose The first person stream of consciousness style used so well in The Lost Weekend is not to be found Instead, we get an awkward limited Third Person Narration where Jackson switches between the thoughts of John Grandin and his wife, Ethel Occasionally the he slips from the tightrope of this style and we get intrusions such as this at the end of Chapter XI in the Middle section These and other fantasies, aimless now, were to be given direction, if not purpose, when the Haumans moved into Dune House the next afternoon Who is speaking here If we are to believe that the pace of the book is dictated by the thoughts of Grandin and his wife, then this intrusion clearly shows that it is planned entirely and spoils the little suspense already built up.To his credit, Jackson s writing is fairly sound throughout, never slipping into cliche and, occasionally, even providing some kind of psychological insight that feels relatable in the way that so many passages in The Lost Weekend painfully did Only the pace of the book seems flawed It picks itself up at first and then rides that crest out into nothing but dullness I couldn t help but think that some sections of the middle, heavy on dialogue, seemed nothingthan scriptwriting, as if I was watching any given movie from the 1940s Add that to the fact that most of the characters seem like nothingthan cutouts for the grand finale of John Grandin s sexual identity crisis, lacking any real humanity or struggle of their own, save for Grandin s wife Ethel, whose thoughts seem conspicuously like those of John himself hoisted into a female persona.Aside from certain stylistic negatives, the book does move briskly along given the short chapters, and overall the book isn t terrible It s overall too cautious with its treatment and you re left wanting, rather feeling that there could have been,

  6. Roberto Santoro Roberto Santoro says:

    Selbst wenn er zu denen geh rte, die k rperliche Liebe mit einem Mann suchten oder brauchten, dann w re auch das in Ordnung gewesen, vorausgesetzt, die Liebe war echt und unausweichlich denn was ist, ist, und Wahrheit ist Wahrheit, egal, welche Form sie annimmt Ein Mann mittleren Alters, Johnny, Professor, zutiefst ersch pft, reist auf eine entlegene Badeinsel dort wird er vom Anblick eines sch nen J nglings namens Cliff verzaubert, und unter dem Ansturm sinnlicher Reize ger t der Primat des Selbst wenn er zu denen geh rte, die k rperliche Liebe mit einem Mann suchten oder brauchten, dann w re auch das in Ordnung gewesen, vorausgesetzt, die Liebe war echt und unausweichlich denn was ist, ist, und Wahrheit ist Wahrheit, egal, welche Form sie annimmt Ein Mann mittleren Alters, Johnny, Professor, zutiefst ersch pft, reist auf eine entlegene Badeinsel dort wird er vom Anblick eines sch nen J nglings namens Cliff verzaubert, und unter dem Ansturm sinnlicher Reize ger t der Primat des Geistes, dem er stets gefolgt ist, ins Wanken Jackson sieht in der Gegen berstellung von sinnlichen und geistigen Effekten ein moralisches Problem Der Autor zeichnet ein u erst pr zise Sittengem lde der 40er Jahre, eine Zeit, die befremdlich wirkt, weil die moralische Entr stung ber eine Sexualit t, die heute l ngst fester Bestandteil des menschlichen Verhaltensrepertoires ist, nicht mehr verstanden wird.Jackson beschreibt eine leidenschaftliche Heldenverehrung, die als unheilvolle Schw rmerei Skandal und ffentliche Schande nach sich zieht Keine andere Figur im Roman hat verstanden oder nur zu verstehen versucht, worum es bei der Liebe von Johnny zu Cliff tats chlich ging.Jackson arbeitet mit psychologischer Finesse und angesichts dessen wird jede trockene Gelehrsamkeit ber die Liebe vor der Romankomposition kapitulieren m ssen.Absolut empfehlenswert

  7. Carlos Carlos says:

    I had never read Charles Jackson and only decided to read this book as an early example of LGBT literature My first impression was one of quaint nostalgia for such an old fashioned style of a novel Jackson gives us a marriage that in the course of regular marital discord has to come to terms with the husband s budding bisexuality Despite this seemingly simple premise, Jackson is able to develop both characters so beautifully that the reader cannot help but empathize with both of them and thei I had never read Charles Jackson and only decided to read this book as an early example of LGBT literature My first impression was one of quaint nostalgia for such an old fashioned style of a novel Jackson gives us a marriage that in the course of regular marital discord has to come to terms with the husband s budding bisexuality Despite this seemingly simple premise, Jackson is able to develop both characters so beautifully that the reader cannot help but empathize with both of them and their view of the new development Likewise, Jackson s treatment of the husband s gradual realization of his feelings towards another man gives us a beautiful insight into the confusing and conflict ridden moment in which he comes to terms with his own sexuality While Jackson s fall into the clich d violent ending of all LGBT novels of the era is a little disappointing, the overall novel is still a beautifully executed exploration of a marriage in flux

  8. Isaac R. Fellman Isaac R. Fellman says:

    The style and observation are fantastic, the notes on late coming out from a marriage that should never have happened are unfortunately perfect, and the book is a landmark of queer literary history This is all somewhat undone by a classical and somewhat curt and cursory pulp ending You don t read Jackson for fun, but there are moments in here that make it achingly obvious that he was an unlucky man, and would have had a radically different life if he d lived to see the gay liberation movem The style and observation are fantastic, the notes on late coming out from a marriage that should never have happened are unfortunately perfect, and the book is a landmark of queer literary history This is all somewhat undone by a classical and somewhat curt and cursory pulp ending You don t read Jackson for fun, but there are moments in here that make it achingly obvious that he was an unlucky man, and would have had a radically different life if he d lived to see the gay liberation movement His thoughts on queerness and the Second World War anticipate a lot of what Allan Berube would write forty years later, and they alone make the book worth reading

  9. Tim Tim says:

    Jackson 1946 novel about love and sexuality reflects the era in which it was set and written in a way that as insightful as it is painful The contrasting and conflicting perceptions about their relationship as told by a husband and wife reveal so much about these distinct characters and truths about intimate relationships universally.The writing is very tightly wrought and perfectly descriptive of the scenes and emotions of the story.

  10. John John says:

    I found this novel to be a daring and beautifully written description of what it was like to discover that one is gay at a time when it was very much not OK, in this case in the midst of World War II The story is a heartbreaking oneAnd the characters painfully true to themselves and to the time The ending is profoundly sad but again rings true in my estimation It is too bad this is out of print.

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