C. P. Snow: The Malcontents

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The Malcontents (1972) was C. P. Snow’s first published novel after he completed his eleven-book Strangers and Brothers series (1940-70). It takes as its central theme one of the key strands of the final work in that sequence, Last Things: the involvement of young radical students in a conspiracy which infringes the law and attracts the attention of the security services. But Last Things explored this theme from the viewpoint of a man in his early sixties, Sir Lewis Eliot, the first-person narrator of the whole “Strangers and Brothers” series, whose son was one of the conspirators. The Malcontents abandons the first-person storyteller and employs an omniscient narrator, a technique …

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Tredell, Nicolas. "The Malcontents". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 June 2007
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