{Prime} Kipps Author H.G. Wells – Albawater.co

This is a story of wealth, manners, society, etiquette, class and social mobility, money, inequality and aspiration Whilst initially not seeming light years away from Alfred Polly, the character and story of Arthur Kipps turns out to be something quite, quite different.Again there are echoes of Dickens here see Great Expectations in particular to an extent his style, narrative and in attempting to address and examine socio economic issues but what we have here is something that the very pro This is a story of wealth, manners, society, etiquette, class and social mobility, money, inequality and aspiration Whilst initially not seeming light years away from Alfred Polly, the character and story of Arthur Kipps turns out to be something quite, quite different.Again there are echoes of Dickens here see Great Expectations in particular to an extent his style, narrative and in attempting to address and examine socio economic issues but what we have here is something that the very prolific H G Wells has created which is very much his own As with The History of Mr Polly again it must be stressed that although there are similarities with the Dickensian tradition, it should be stressed that this is neither Dickens lite , nor some sort of pale imitation or pseudo Dickens work far from it It has also been said that because Wells was writing in a time which was less remote from our own when compared with that of Dickens, that this may make his works easier for the reader to connect with Whilst there may be some truth in that for some readers, to my mind, the best Dickens novels are very much timeless hence one element of his greatness What we have here then is an examination and juxtaposition of wealth and the absence wealth, of society and those outside of it, of the haves and the have nots This is a great story a very English story about the life of our main protagonist, whilst at the same time shining the spotlight on society, on the socio economic, cultural and political divides By way of the turn of events, Arthur Kipps undergoes an internal psychological, moral and political struggle and Wells looks here at least to some extent at inequality in society and the barriers perceived and actual to social mobility I do not share the view of some reviewers that Kipps is merely the subject of ridicule by the author and merely a figure of fun Admittedly Kipps is however the subject of ridicule at the hands of other characters Moreover, the story is narrated by and perceived from the point of view of Arthur Kipps Here Kipps does become very much the veritable fish out of water but to me Wells is ultimately exposing the pretensions, the confines and the vacuous and shallow bedrock which form the meaningless foundations of what may be considered society, manners and etiquette The expectations of wealth, society and position the constraints both self inflicted and those imposed by society of having or not having wealth, influence and power.The story as told from Kipps perspective is either sympathetic or at the very least ambivalent to his situation, the challenges he faces and his subsequent actions regardless of whether these challenges arise out of his own doing or not Neither do I think that the message here is be happy and content with your lot and station in life this novel has farto it than that This is a compelling, engaging and thought provoking novel, which whilst not having quite the same strengths as The History of Mr Polly which is acomplete, homogeneous and well rounded novel nevertheless this is a very strong story and well worth reading I wound up thoroughly enjoying the second half of Kipps, where Wells stops his merciless mockery of the eponymous anti hero and begins instead to poke fun at himself Favorite lines include Kipps s enthusiastic determination to set himself up as a bookseller because all books are the same If you don t like one book, you take up another it s not something that really matters, like print dresses or serviettes. I read this book for a very specific reason, which will not be of relevance to too many readers I have just bought an apartment in Folkestone, where Kipps is set, and I was curious to read an account of it in its brief late Victorian moment of glory Kipps didn t disappoint on that front Wells portrays Folkestone quite vividly, as a wealthy, showy, brittle, snobbish, look at me resort town, contrasted with humbler Hythe, where the protagonist feelsat home This parochial interest aside, I I read this book for a very specific reason, which will not be of relevance to too many readers I have just bought an apartment in Folkestone, where Kipps is set, and I was curious to read an account of it in its brief late Victorian moment of glory Kipps didn t disappoint on that front Wells portrays Folkestone quite vividly, as a wealthy, showy, brittle, snobbish, look at me resort town, contrasted with humbler Hythe, where the protagonist feelsat home This parochial interest aside, I enjoyed the novel The plot is a bit throwaway, to the extent that I don t think that a spoiler would spoil anyone s potential enjoyment of the book it s essentially rags to riches to rags to riches, accelerating noticeably at the end This element of social snakes and ladders enables much close, satirical observation of the dynamics of class, which I suspect was distinctly hard hitting at the time the novel was published, and which remains historically interesting at the very least today In the edition in which I read Kipps Penguin Classics , there was an interesting early appreciation of the novel by Henry James, who was a friend of Wells at the time, though they later fell out After gushing away for a while about how wonderful the novel is in what sounds suspiciously like a bad parody of himself But of course you yourself know how immitigably the thing is done it is of such a brilliancy of true truth , James finally makes two specific points about Kipps that it is the first consistently and intelligently ironic or satirical novel James contrasts it with Thackeray, whose irony is tainted by sentimental or conventional interference and that Wells has for the first time treated the English lower middle class without the picturesque, the grotesque, the fantastic and romantic interference he sees in Dickens and George Eliot Wells has handled its vulgarity in a scientific historic spirit, seen the whole thing all in its own strong light Abstracting from the business about vulgarity which saysabout James than Wells I think James has a point Something that is unusual and refreshing in the novel is its humane and sympathetic though immitigably ironic take on characters of a kind who are generally seen in novels of this era as, precisely, picturesque and exotic Wells s mother was a housemaid and he started life, like Kipps, in a drapery store he knows whereof he speaks Apart from its interest from the point of view of social and literary history, Kipps is an engaging read, insouciant in its use of hokey plot devices like coincidence, and generally not taking itself too seriously Kipps is a good comic character, and Ann one of the women he is involved with another I laughed out loud reading it a couple of times The writing is very sharp I liked a description of Kipps s headmaster s wife as a small partially effaced woman , and another of the cough of Kipps s social mentor Coote as sounding like a very very old sheep a quarter of a mile away being blown to pieces by a small charge of gunpowder I hadn t read anything Wells before, but I ll certainly read A solid satire by H G Wells ordinary man Kipps inherits, and is thrust into the farcical world of the English gentlemen in which Wells does not hold back with the satire 7 out of 12 A solid satire by H G Wells ordinary man Kipps inherits, and is thrust into the farcical world of the English gentlemen in which Wells does not hold back with the satire 7 out of 12 I picked this book having an open mind I had never heard of it or knew what it was about The book starts with the main character Arthur Kipps He s a young orphan living with his aunt and uncle Through several chapters we learn that he has been an apprentice to a draper for seven years We also learn that his aunt and uncle live a modest life They are not wealthy but neither are they poor This is very important because later on Kipps finds out that he is the grandson of an incredibly wealth I picked this book having an open mind I had never heard of it or knew what it was about The book starts with the main character Arthur Kipps He s a young orphan living with his aunt and uncle Through several chapters we learn that he has been an apprentice to a draper for seven years We also learn that his aunt and uncle live a modest life They are not wealthy but neither are they poor This is very important because later on Kipps finds out that he is the grandson of an incredibly wealthy man With this inheritance he now has to accomodate himself to the life of a wealthy upper class gentleman The book goes through his experiences with the upper class society and his struggle to fit in Overall it s an extremely enjoyable book and provides many life lessons Read this book for free through Project Gutenberg Read this book for free through Project Gutenberg From TIA Two part radio dramatisation of H G Wells novel of the draper s assistant who is bequeathed a fortune.Raised in the respectable gloom of his uncle s shop and looking forward to a career of unremitting drapery, Kipps finds his life changed by an astonishing bit of luck after being hit by a bicycle Dramatised by Mike Walker.Producer Director John TaylorKipps Bryan DickUncle Donald SumpterAunt Mrs Walshingham Deborah FindlayHelen Lesley VickerageShalford Jonathan KeebleChitterlow R From TIA Two part radio dramatisation of H G Wells novel of the draper s assistant who is bequeathed a fortune.Raised in the respectable gloom of his uncle s shop and looking forward to a career of unremitting drapery, Kipps finds his life changed by an astonishing bit of luck after being hit by a bicycle Dramatised by Mike Walker.Producer Director John TaylorKipps Bryan DickUncle Donald SumpterAunt Mrs Walshingham Deborah FindlayHelen Lesley VickerageShalford Jonathan KeebleChitterlow Robert WhitelockCoote Julian Rhind TuttYoung Arthur Myles TaylorYoung Sid Jordan ClarkeYoung Ann Megan JonesAnn Sinead MatthewsSid Simon Balfourhttps archive.org details Kipps2006 The main character is a man called Kipp Kipp is a sweet man who make an honest living in a shop as an assistant One day Kipp comes in to some money and and then he s loses it all when trying to build a house This book is pretty much money based, on how easy it comes and gos and how you shouldn t get ideas above your station just because you have money Orphaned at an early age, Artie Kipps is stunned to discover upon reading a newspaper that he is the grandson of a wealthy gentleman and the inheritor of his fortune Thrown dramatically into the upper classes, he struggles to learn the etiquette and rules of polite society But, as he soon discovers, becoming a true gentleman is neither as easy nor as desirable as it first appears Kipps is a hilarious tale of one man s struggle for self improvement and a witty satire of pretension After looking for Kipps in bookstores for about a year, I finally found this book in my university library I wanted to read it as Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence is one of my absolute favourite films So I had to compare it to the original source What was really cool was the fact that the copy that I read had a beautifully ornate green cover, and had not been checked out of the library since the 70s I gave that book new life I really liked the differences between the book and film music After looking for Kipps in bookstores for about a year, I finally found this book in my university library I wanted to read it as Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence is one of my absolute favourite films So I had to compare it to the original source What was really cool was the fact that the copy that I read had a beautifully ornate green cover, and had not been checked out of the library since the 70s I gave that book new life I really liked the differences between the book and film musical I can understand why some things were omitted in the musical but it was very nice to read that material I think the Walshinghams were eveninsufferable in print than on film And I had a bad feeling about Chester Coote from the start Kipps aunt and uncle were decent, but I preferred him being all on his own as he was in the film SPOILER I particularly loved the way that the Kippses opened their own bookstore at the end, and how Wells says that Kipps is a real man, and that the reader should go and find him What a fascinating notion I also loved how some of the dialogue from the movie was ripped directly from the book for the film play, such as when Artie asked Ann to be his girlfriend I wouldn t mind , when he asked him to marry him I ve been engaged I want to be married to you , and Artie and Ann s marital argument I ve improved, why don t you Even the new iteration of the musical takes a line Why do I never get anything right and makes an entirely new song out of it.Anyhow, I think that this is a very underrated book It took me twenty two days to read it in between all of my coursework, but if you aren t so busy you can read it much faster than this It s an easy read, and quite fun I understand why it was Wells own favourite book I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially those who enjoyed Charles Dickens David Copperfield , as it s a bit reminiscent.That s 5 5 stars from me