The Masters

The Masters The fourth in the Strangers and Brothers series begins with the dying Master of a Cambridge college His imminent demise causes intense rivalry and jealousy amongst the other fellows Former friends bec

  • Title: The Masters
  • Author: C.P. Snow
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • The fourth in the Strangers and Brothers series begins with the dying Master of a Cambridge college His imminent demise causes intense rivalry and jealousy amongst the other fellows Former friends become enemies as the election looms.

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    1. For an academic and someone who reads a lot of fiction, I have an amazingly bad record on campus novels. Malcolm Bradbury, David Lodge, Philip Roth’s The Human Stain you name it, I have completely failed to read it. Worst of all, I had never read The Masters before now, despite having been a “fellow” (a.k.a. professor) of a Cambridge college for quite a long period of my life—in fact, the very same one where this novel is set. Having finally got round to it, I enjoyed The Masters much mo [...]

    2. The setting of The Masters is Cambridge in 1937. It is the fourth novel in the eleven novel sequence the comprises C. P. Snow's masterpiece, Strangers and Brothers. Narrated by Lewis Eliot, the story tells of the election of a new Master to replace the old Master who, as the novel opens, lays dying. The choice facing Eliot and the other dons is whether to elect Paul Jago, a scholar of literature, or Crawford, a biologist. The novel slowly, but effectively, develops suspense from the political ma [...]

    3. When I was a young man, in the first of my undergraduate years, the head of our department retired. This started the process of finding a successor. Should the next head be an economist of belong to one of the ancillary disciplines? Should they be a macro-economist or a micro-economist? Ought the department promote internally or seek the successor externally? From my position of insignificance I could see all sorts of discord in the Olympian heights, so I asked my tutor what was going on. He rep [...]

    4. Four stars for the abilty to portray the psychology of men in a closed society maneuvering to achieve their ends, by both intentional strategy and actions arising from their core natures, outside their control. But Snow simply can't sustain interest in the election of the new Master for 300 pages with only the one plot line. I was bored halfway through, and only the need to finish it for a book group discussion forced me to march through 150 pages more of the same. Perhaps working in higher educ [...]

    5. Interesting for its precise and analytical treatment of the election and its psychology. It's a shame that Snow is no longer much read. I was also struck by the fact that several voters choose a candidate with radically different politics than themselves, feeling that the candidate was, despite these differences, better suited for the office as an individual. I cannot image that happening today.

    6. It looks like I may be the first person on to ever read this book and mark it down on the site.I've grown a very personal relationship with this book, having taken so long to read it. This book has taken me forever to read. I regret all the books I've missed reading in this slow, slow time. It does make you feel rather personally attached to it, though. There's a strong sense of companionship in this book. That doesn't necessarily make it good, though.I picked this up at the public library at W [...]

    7. Definitely the most boring English book I have ever (half) read. It was recommended by my literature professor (who physically resembled P.C. Snow) back in my college days. I finally decided to read it, years later, to my regret. The issue being the upcoming election of a new Master in an imaginary college in Cambridge, a limited group of lecturers/dons/scholars are continually meeting, walking in the court yard, meeting, having dinners served by the butler, meeting, drinking fine wines and whis [...]

    8. هي من الروايات التي انتهيت منها وصرخت بسعادة "أخيراً تخلَّصتُ منكِ" فقد كانت كابوساً أرجوا أن لا يتكرر مجدداًكانت قابعة في رفٍ سُفلي، مَنسي في المكتبة ،يعلوها الغبار، وغلافها أنهكه الزمن، وهذا ما جعلها باهتة، شاحبة قرأت ملخصها فقررت أن أمنحها فرصة جديدة للحياة بقراءتها ف [...]

    9. My economics professor recommended this book to me. I finally found it at the strand (for only 48 cents). I think he was saying that this book is a good example of ex-ante transaction costs in governance structures that use elections. The book also has interesting descriptions of college life and the ambitions of the professors involved in the election, which go far beyond the intellectual.

    10. Классическая проза, со всеми традициями длинных книг, однако легко читается. Очень много фактов про героев, про жизнь, мало воды. Рекомендую всем, кому нравится длинные романы, с главным героем, побочными сюжетными линиями, в общем эпос. Тема - жизнь британской элиты в 1920-1940-е [...]

    11. The subject matter being what it is ( the election of a college Master at Cambridge University) you would be forgiven if you had passed over this book for something more exciting. However the story belies its prosaic theme. The political machinations - and resultant emotional fallout - of a group of middle class university dons pursuing an outcome favourable to their particular cadre is described with such fluency and compassion for the characters as to engender interest in the breast of the mos [...]

    12. Нечто в стиле "12 разгневанных мужчин" Сидни Люмета, только мужчин здесь 13 и они не в комнате, а в университете. Мужчины должны выбрать, кто из них станет ректором. В процессе они принимают решения, меняют решения, пьют кларет, херес, виски, мадеру, портвейн, вино, рейнвейн, чай, [...]

    13. This was incredible—a surprisingly compelling tale about ambition, friendship, academia, politics and so much more. Highly recommended.

    14. This is one of my favourite novels ever! I began my working life with a brief spell as a (very) Junior Fellow of an Oxford College and as a consequence I have always enjoyed reading novels set in academia. My own short-lived Fellowship, at Oriel College, was during the mid-1980s, almost fifty years after the events in this novel took place, and ‘The Masters’ is, of course, set in that other place, over in the fens. I could, however, recognise so much of what happened in this book. The conve [...]

    15. In de eerste persoon geschreven roman over het wel en wee omtrent de verkiezingen van een nieuwe Master in de kleine gemeenschap van intellectuelen van een college in Cambridge.Hoewel er eigenlijk bijna alleen maar door ouwere heren -beleefd- gepraat wordt is dit een soms komische, maar vooral treffende, levendige en spannende roman over botsende persoonlijkheden, belangenverstrengeling en de strijd om de macht. De dertien wetenschappers en hun subtiele strategieën worden niet zonder ironie, ma [...]

    16. Slow in unwinding, not particularly well-styled but absorbing if you like groves of academe/government settings. Like Trollope'sBarchester novels, but without the humor and vividness and caricaturing. Good psychology.The best entry into Snow's roman a fleuve called Strangers and Brothers, of which this is I think fifth. I like the portrait of major character Lewis Eliot that develops throughout the series. Another one well worth reading is the later Homecomings, to which I would give three stars [...]

    17. Just read this for the second time. But this time I've read the preceding four novels in the series. 'The conscience of the rich' and 'the light and the dark' are better books. But it seems appropriate to have finished this tale about a fictional hotly contested University election in 1938 between very similar candidates whose supporters - themselves almost identical - end up resenting each other on election night in the UK in 2015.

    18. Sometimes I remember this book, and how surprised I was that I loved it. Which shouldn't have surprised me, because it's about British academia in the 1930s, three things I love. I also remember where I read most of this (in the cafe of the Union at Michigan), and that a family friend recommended it. Basically, I remember the context in which I read it so vividly, but not the details of the story. I should read it again.

    19. A very well-written novel exploring the vanities and insecurities of a group of senior tutors in their efforts to elect a new master of their college in Cambridge, England. This is #4 in an 11 book series tracing the life of one British man in the years around WWII. I've ordered the first book in the series and look forward to reading the entire lot!

    20. A look at political man in the setting of a Cambridge College in 1937. The book follows a dozen of the college's dons through the miseries of their election of a new College Master from within their ranks. Their quests for power test their collegeal relationships while the hallowed halls of Cambridge provide a proper British background for all their not so proper intrigues.

    21. I suspect this has the most appeal for people who have experienced themselves the politics of academia -- or any hermetic space. While Snow occasionally relies too much on gesture or repetition, his characters are impossible not to recognize even when one realizes with discomfort that the recognition is of oneself.

    22. Number five in the Strangers and Brothers series, this one is about the election of a new “Master” by the Fellows of a College at Cambridge University. Heady stuff, but the rivalries and intrigues that define the campaign are universal and define the human condition. Snow’s eloquent prose illuminates small moments that would otherwise disappear into the complex whole.

    23. Somewhat dated themes preoccupy the author/narrator, but it is still solidly written, and to my eye is rather more comical and absurd than it is serious. An unpromising start, the story does pick up pace and momentum; and the book is as interesting not only for what it discusses, but also for what it leaves out.

    24. A riveting novel set in an old English educational institution delivers a great read. Who would have thought that possible? And there's barely a woman in sight. Excellent prose combined with memorable characters makes this possibly the best in the author's series of novels that are linked by a common narrator. Highly recommended.

    25. Thirteen fellows need to elect a new Master at a Cambridge college in 1937. Nice story on the intrigues, diplomacy and psychological games employed by the supporters of the two candidates (Jago and Crawford). Also sheds light on the customs at the time.

    26. Read it after a Dianne Rehm book club hour and so glad I did. Superb characterization of pre-war transition in an oford college. Don't need to read any of the other books in the series to get right into it.

    27. Old-fashioned. Motionless. Dialectic. Speculative.Overall, a disappointment.This novel revolves around nothing for around 200 pages, but it is a treaty on scholar mannerism, bandwagoning diplomacy and political gossiping. If you like the subject, CP Snow knew what he was writing about.

    28. I read this wrapped in a blanket huddled beside a single bar electric fire in a guest house in an Asyut winter. It was a curiously apposite setting in which to read about a Cambridge College in snow (or even Snow on Cambridge). Excellent book.

    29. an excellent guide to a Cambridge college of the 30s. The last chapter is of particular interest as it describes Cambridge/Oxford colleges' history and how (and why) they changed so much in 19th and 20th centuries.

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