Book Cover of The Captives

The Captives

by Hugh Walpole

It explores the complexities of human relationships, power, and morality. First published in 1920, the book remains a classic work of English literature and a testament to Walpole's literary talent. The story follows the lives of two main characters, Mark and Maria, who are drawn together by a shared sense of loneliness and isolation. Mark is a wealthy landowner who feels trapped by his responsibilities, while Maria is a young governess who longs for freedom and independence. As their paths cross and their lives become entwined, they are forced to confront their deepest fears and desires. At its core, "The Captives" is a character-driven novel that delves into the inner lives of its protagonists. Walpole's writing is both lyrical and evocative, capturing the nuances of human emotion and the complexities of human relationships. He explores themes such as love, loss, jealousy, and betrayal, while also examining the social and political forces that shape the lives of his characters. One of the strengths of the book is Walpole's ability to create a sense of atmosphere and mood. The English countryside is vividly rendered, with its rolling hills, sprawling estates, and quiet villages providing the backdrop for the unfolding drama. The book is also notable for its nuanced portrayal of class and gender dynamics, highlighting the ways in which social hierarchies and power imbalances shape people's lives. Overall, "The Captives" is a powerful and haunting novel that will resonate with readers who appreciate complex, character-driven fiction. It is a testament to Walpole's skill as a writer and a lasting contribution to English literature.

Book Details

Language

English

Original Language

English

Published In

1920

Author

Hugh Walpole image

Hugh Walpole

United States

Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole was an English novelist. He was the son of an Anglican clergyman, intended for a career in the church but drawn instead to writing. Among those who encouraged him were the aut...

More on Hugh Walpole

Listen/Download Audiobook

Read by:
00:00
Playback Speed 1.0
00:00
  • Select Speed

Related books

The Card  Cover image

The Card by Arnold Bennett

The Card is a comic novel written by Arnold Bennett in 1911 (entitled Denry the Audacious in the American edition). It was later made into a 1952 movi...

The Deluge Volume 2 Cover image

The Deluge Volume 2 by Henryk Sienkiewicz

The Deluge is a historical novel by the Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz, published in 1886. It is the second volume of a three-volume series known to...

The Painted Veil Cover image

The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

The Painted Veil is a novel by British author W. Somerset Maugham. The title is a reference to Percy Bysshe Shelley's 1824 sonnet, which begins "Lift...

Agnes Grey Cover image

Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

It follows the life of Agnes Grey, a young governess, as she works in a number of households and experiences the difficulties of her position. It expl...

The Primrose Path Cover image

The Primrose Path by Bram Stoker

It tells the story of a happy Irish family, the O'Sullivans, who leave their straightforward Dublin life behind to go to London, to follow Jerry O'Sul...

Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches Cover image

Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches by Maurice Baring

What if Orpheus had come to London instead of Hades? In Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches, Maurice Baring brings together a collectio...

The Crown Of Life Cover image

The Crown Of Life by George Gissing

This is a compelling novel that takes readers on a journey through the tumultuous lives of its characters. Set against the backdrop of Victorian Engla...

The Last Ditch Cover image

The Last Ditch by Violet Hunt

In the heart of World War I, an aristocratic family finds themselves grappling with the harsh realities of war and the erosion of their old-world valu...

Elsie's New Relations Cover image

Elsie's New Relations by Martha Finley

When Elsie Dinsmore is reunited with her long-lost relatives, she discovers that they are not what she expected. "Elsie's New Relations" is a novel b...

The Island of Appledore Cover image

The Island of Appledore by Cornelia Meigs

It follows the adventures of a group of children who discover a mysterious stranger living on the island and must unravel the secrets of his past. Th...

Reviews for The Captives

No reviews posted or approved, yet...