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~Read Kindle ☿ The Pursued ♱ Life was largely uneventful for Marjorie Grainger until she came home one night to find her sister dressed up, lying lifelessly on the kitchen floor with her head in the oven But their mother suspects this is not a simple case of suicide In fact, she s sure she knows exactly who the killer, is, and starts to slowly and meticulously plot her terrible revengeC S Forester sthriller The Pursued, lost for decades, rewrote the traditions of crime fiction to create a dark, twisted portrayal of obsession and retribution Other than knowing it was set in 1930s Britain, I had little idea what this book would be like as a read I chose it because of its title and its classification as a Penguin Modern Classic I half expected it to be along the lines of the Thirty nine Steps, it isn t Marjorie is trapped in a stultifying marriage to a man who mistreats her Had he chosen not to mistreat her sister evencruelly, Marjorie is to type of character who would have waited for the course of time to free her from Ted Other than knowing it was set in 1930s Britain, I had little idea what this book would be like as a read I chose it because of its title and its classification as a Penguin Modern Classic I half expected it to be along the lines of the Thirty nine Steps, it isn t Marjorie is trapped in a stultifying marriage to a man who mistreats her Had he chosen not to mistreat her sister evencruelly, Marjorie is to type of character who would have waited for the course of time to free her from Ted.But this isn t a domestic tale of disappointed dreams As the blurb describes it, The Pursued is a dark, twisted tale of murder, lust and retribution Sex and murder drive this story, yet both are kept very firmly in the background This is a character driven tale, not action driven.The story is told from the viewpoint of each of the protagonists We move from the innermost thoughts of one character to the innermost thoughts of the next This is a very clever storytelling device, allowing us to know what the characters think is going to happen next The suspense comes from discovering whether events unfold as the characters believe, and what ramifications follow This is a story of consequences, a slowly paced, yet page turning psychological drama, with the most unlikely conspirator Definitely a modern classic.Nina Jon is the author of the Jane Hetherington Adventures in Detection crime and mystery series The Pursued is one of three crime novels written by C.S Forester, who is muchfamous for his seafaring tales featuring Horatio Hornblower books which may well have inspired Patrick O Brian to write his wonderful series of nautical novels set during the Napoleonic Wars Unlike the other two thrillers Plain Murder which I have read and reviewed and Payment Deferred The Pursued , which was written in 1935, was not published during Forester s lifetime It seems that the manuscri The Pursued is one of three crime novels written by C.S Forester, who is muchfamous for his seafaring tales featuring Horatio Hornblower books which may well have inspired Patrick O Brian to write his wonderful series of nautical novels set during the Napoleonic Wars Unlike the other two thrillers Plain Murder which I have read and reviewed and Payment Deferred The Pursued , which was written in 1935, was not published during Forester s lifetime It seems that the manuscript went missing and was rediscovered only recently The Penguin Classics edition of it that I have just read was issued in 2011 and is its first publication It has been well worth the wait The Pursued is an enjoyable, readable novel.Set in the suburbs of London in the 1930s when murder was a capital offence , The Pursued can best be described as an amalgam of sorts of the Noel Coward story and film Brief Encounter , the Fitzrovia based novels of English writer Patrick Hamilton and the psychological thrillers of American writer Patricia Highsmith It features young housewife and mother of two Marjorie Grainger, whose relationship with her husband Ted is somewhat strained after ten or so years of marriage After visiting a friend in central London one evening, Marjorie returns home to find her babysitting sister Dot dead, having apparently committed suicide by gassing herself in the oven In fact, the likelihood is that Dot who, it turns out, was pregnant was, in fact, murdered by Ted in order to prevent her from revealing that he had been having an affair with her and was the father of the unborn child Added to this mix are Marjorie s mother, Mrs Clair, and her tenant, George Ely George is a handsome young bachelor who works for Ted and who is inexperienced in matters of the heart He develops a close relationship with Marjorie Events involving all these characters spiral out of control as a consequence of Dot s death The Pursued is well written and suspenseful Its characterisation is good and it has that sometimes elusive quality that, in my view, is all important for stories of its kind a page turning readability Marjorie is a fully fleshed, convincing character Forester expertly portrays her desperation to set herself free from the dominating clutches of a man with whom she long ago fell out of love and with whom she is aghast at the prospect of having to endure enforced love making Marjorie s mother is also a fully rounded and convincing character who, aware of Ted s apparent involvement in her daughter Dot s death, plots and schemes to try to get revenge in a way that will keep the rest of her family together My one reservation about the story is that I found the conclusion to be unconvincing and implausible This stands out as a weakness given that the events that precede it are manifestly credible It s such a shame that an otherwise excellent novel is marred slightly in this way Nonetheless, The Pursued is a very good thriller that, when all is said and done, is well worth reading 8 10.There is one other issue that I need to mention that may detract from the reader s enjoyment of the story As in so many modern publishing ventures, it seems, the quality of the sub editing of The Pursued is woeful There are numerous typos and similar errors, e.g rococco instead of rococo and relived instead of relieved Responsibility for quality control of this sort rests solely with the publisher Penguin Classics appears to have given very little attention to proof reading in this instance That is unforgivable, theso given that the price of the UK edition of the book that I have just read is 14.99 which is itself questionable for a story that is surely out of copyright I ve read and enjoyed many books by C S Forester, his Horatio Hornblower books, The African Queen, and various standalone books, including The Ship and 2 mysteries The Pursued was discovered after Forester s death, even though it was originally written in 1935.Marjorie lives with husband Ted and their two children, Anne and Derrick in London, down the road from Marjorie s mother, Mrs Clair and her sister, Dot Marjorie comes home from a night out with an old friend to find her sister dead, h I ve read and enjoyed many books by C S Forester, his Horatio Hornblower books, The African Queen, and various standalone books, including The Ship and 2 mysteries The Pursued was discovered after Forester s death, even though it was originally written in 1935.Marjorie lives with husband Ted and their two children, Anne and Derrick in London, down the road from Marjorie s mother, Mrs Clair and her sister, Dot Marjorie comes home from a night out with an old friend to find her sister dead, her head in the gas oven Mrs Clair and Marjorie eventually come to the belief that Dot and Ted had been having an affair and that Ted had killed her, making it seem like a suicide.Through the remain of the story, Mrs Clair plots her revenge against Ted Ted is an arsehole He is mean to his wife and kids, he cheats on Marjorie Marjorie has grown to hate her husband over the course of their marriage At Mrs Clair s subtle instigation, she falls in love with George Ely, an employee of Ted s and a young man who moves into Mrs Clair s home, renting the room that had belonged to Dot.The tension builds, as George fallsandin love with Marjorie but is frustrated because she can t leave Ted Mrs Clair plots and twists and turns, manipulating Ted and the others until the final violent conclusion It s a fascinating, at times frustrating, story It builds slowly, falls back at times, then lurches forward It s peopled with interesting characters, especially Mrs Clair, steely, calm and dedicated to avenging her dead daughter 4 stars Interesting set up, awkward torrid sex scenes Even having been written in 1935 doesn t completely excuse the bad dialog in the love scenes Sheesh. Lovely design, great that it s been published but 14.99 Come one Penguin, CS Forester doesn t need the money he s been dead for 45 years Greedy fucks I loved the first half, less sure about the ending It s good that it was found and published CS is a great writer Some typos that I guess are down to poor proofing but I would have been nice if Penguin had given someinfo and history on this lost manuscript. What a gem of a book by the author of The African Queen and the Horatio Hornblower series Glad that this lost novel was found Intriguing book set in the 1930 s London, this book seems rather risqu for its time, but remains truly captivating and enthralling in its tale of lust, deceit, murder, and pursuit of happiness Great read, and looking forward to readof his novels. In 1935, between writing his first and second Hornblower novels, C.S Forester wrote a detective thriller that was never published and later turned up in an auction and was later published in 2011 Pay close attention to the last line for the final twist. view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler I enjoyed this book but was a little disappointed with the ending It was easy to read and built up very well but the passionate love affair just seemed to peter out.