Goslings - PDF novel by J. D. Beresford



Published in 1913, Goslings explores what happens when an extraordinary plague that kills mostly men wipes out the population of England.

The novel follows a few 'typical' characters from before the plague strikes, through the initial days, and on until a year after. It's clear from the tone of the long descriptive passages, that the author, J.D. Beresford, is of the opinion that mankind is a blight on the earth, an alien presence that this plague is curing.

Set in England, the story generally follows the Gosling family, along with a man named Thrale, who had boarded with them in the past. The Goslings are the sort of striving middle-class family that worries about what the neighbours think but have a little view of the world outside the narrow confines of their tidy townhouse in a pleasant suburb.

the Gosling women are forced to leave London, latecomers to the great emigration of starving female citizens.

Review by Ben


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