Set in a Yorkshire mining town during the Great Depression and World War II, this novel follows the life of Colin Saville, a young boy from a working-class family. His parents sacrifice everything for him to receive a quality education, hoping it will lead to a better life. However, as Colin grows up and navigates the complexities of class, identity, and relationships, he finds himself torn between his humble roots and the intellectual world he's been thrust into. The book explores themes of social mobility, alienation, and the human condition.
The 3103rd greatest book of all time
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This book is on the following lists:
- Man Booker Prize (Man Booker Prize)
- The Modern Library: The Two Hundred Best Novels in English Since 1950 (The Modern Library (Book))