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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Party Going is a 1939 novel by British writer Henry Green (real name Henry Vincent Yorke).

It tells the story of a group of wealthy people travelling by train to a house party. Due to a fog, however, the train is much delayed and the group takes rooms in the adjacent large railway hotel. All the action of the story takes place in the hotel.

Realism or symbolism?

Frank Kermode maintained in his essay "The Genesis of Secrecy" that behind the realistic plot of this novel there is a complex web of mythical images, the most important being the figure of the classical Greek god Hermes, which is strongly tied to one of the characters. This led Kermode to consider Party Going as a Modernist novel strongly influenced by the ideas of T.S. Eliot.

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