The Passionate Friends
H. G. Wells is best known for his science fiction, but some of his greatest works were in other genres. The Passionate Friends is a love story. It also is a story about dreams, despair, jealousy, sex, the struggle against social convention, the future of civilization, and much much more. It is written by a father to his son, "not indeed to the child you are now, but to the man you are going to be." He writes it so that one day, perhaps when he is dead, his grown son can read it and rediscover him as a friend and equal. In the process, he tries to make sense of a lifetime's experiences and distill some kind of wisdom from them. It is quite simply a beautiful book, both inspiring and heartbreaking. (Summary by Peter Eastman) (12 hr 48 min)
good start goes awry
Unlikeable romantic couple. Too many contrivances. Wells seems to think that women in love don't want or need sex even in marriage to a man they adore. Her elitism and materialism are never confronted by his feelings of the unjust treatment of the workers/slaves who toil in her family's South African mines.