this book is morbid and depressing but also powerful, emotional, and very true to life, without the softening of fairy tale ending.
i highly recommend this novel to those who love the masterpieces of victorian era .
I love Gissing - and in this book he is at his very best. The story itself is first-class, but the detail about life in Victorian England is really top of the range. Brilliant!
Read earlier edition.