The Stars Look Down

A Novel
Author(s): A.J. Cronin
Original Publish Date: Apr 15, 2015
Product Number: EB00736829
Released: Sep 27, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780795345456
Publisher: RosettaBooks
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This thought-provoking novel of the challenges a coal mining community faces in the early twentieth century is "the finest work Cronin has given his public" (Kirkus Reviews). First published in 1935, The Stars Look Down tells the story of a North Country mining town as its inhabitants make their way through social and political upheaval. Digging into workers' rights, social change, and the relationship between labor and capitalism, the struggles of the novel's trifecta of protagonists—politically minded miner David Fenwick, ambitious drifter Joe Gowlan, and frustrated yet meek mining-baron's son Arthur Barras—remain compelling and relevant to readers in the twenty-first century. AJ Cronin's tale is one of many of the hardships of coal-mining communities during the industrial pre-war, World War I, and interwar periods in Britain, but stands out for its unflinching prose, universal themes, and keen storytelling. The novel was adapted into a 1940 film starring Michael Redgrave as Davey Fenwick, is a New York Times Critics' Pick, and is included in the New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made.

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