Give Us This Day

Give Us This Day

R.F. Delderfield / Feb 17, 2020

Give Us This Day Weaving the fortunes of the patriarchal Adam Swann and his family into the pageantry of English history in the years following Queen Victoria s Diamond Jubilee of this sweeping historical novel

  • Title: Give Us This Day
  • Author: R.F. Delderfield
  • ISBN: 9780786709137
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback
  • Weaving the fortunes of the patriarchal Adam Swann and his family into the pageantry of English history in the years following Queen Victoria s Diamond Jubilee of 1897, this sweeping historical novel takes Swann s four sons and daughter into the perilous reaches of government and commerce and the army As this younger generation of Swanns strives to wed personal dreams toWeaving the fortunes of the patriarchal Adam Swann and his family into the pageantry of English history in the years following Queen Victoria s Diamond Jubilee of 1897, this sweeping historical novel takes Swann s four sons and daughter into the perilous reaches of government and commerce and the army As this younger generation of Swanns strives to wed personal dreams to national values, the rumble of the guns of August 1914 signals the end of the world as they and imperial England have known it.

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      • R.F. Delderfield

        Ronald Frederick Delderfield was a popular English novelist and dramatist, many of whose works have been adapted for television and are still widely read.Several of Delderfield s historical novels and series involve young men who return from war and lead lives in England that allow the author to portray the sweep of English history and delve deeply into social history from the Edwardian era to the early 1960s.From


    655 Comments

    1. I must confess to being very happy to finish this trilogy. It started out quite promising, book two less so, and book three very disappointing. Delderfield felt it was necessary to revisit every incident from the first two books, stopped for endless history lessons, and seemed at a complete loss as to what to do with all the myriad characters he had created.I cannot help thinking there was a good germ of an idea for these novels that got buried early on. He invented some interesting characters t [...]


    2. One and a half stars rounded up to two. The author lets us know that he has an encyclopedic knowledge of history early on in this series. For my part, I was looking for a substitute for Downton Abbey and Poldark. I had high hopes for the Swann family saga. I tried to love this, but by the end of this installment, I was feeling tired and grouchy. The author creates the Swann family and plunges them into EVERY defining moment in British history, and sometimes world history, from the Victorian era [...]


    3. Unfortunately, this was the last of the trilogy. I remember well the ending, one of the finest closures to a book that I have ever read. But the characters are as alive in my mind as they were when I was enjoying the books word for word. Not a disappointment among any of the novels in this trilogy.


    4. Character-driven glimpse into the rise of the industrial age. Great protagonist. Wonderful insight concerning the creation of an industry. None of what I've said does this series credit. It's absorbing, fascinating historical fictionl


    5. I like R.F. Delderfield, but sometimes he goes on and on. This book would have been better if it were 1/3 the length. The third book in the Swann Family Saga, by the time were down to grandkids and greatgrandkids, I had trouble telling them apart. At the heart were Henrietta and Adam Swann, founder of an transportation empire and parents of several children, whose number escapes me at the moment, except to say there were too many of them. By the time of this book, we have gone through their marr [...]


    6. I did not realize until deep into the book that this was the last book in a trilogy. I missed having background information, but this book was still a fascinating lens to look at the years leading up to WWI in Britain. Especially fascinating was the way suffragists were treated. Talk about vitriol! And a quote from p. 581"It struck him thenat hardly anyone practicing politics had the ability, or even the wish, to think things through" Sigh. Some things don't change


    7. Third book in the series of The Swann Family" and God is an Englishman.This book takes us to the start of WWI. The story of the family continues, how the children and grandchildren grow up, and take their places in the world. Their trials and tribulations, the story of a family in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Unfortunately, the reader is left with a real rotten ending, it just finishes, leaving the reader extremely disappointed, in not knowing what will become of the family, the Empire [...]


    8. Sad to finish this wonderful trilogy but it was also time to bring the family saga to a close. Wonderful sense of family and social evolution set in the onslaught of the industrial revolution with all of its accompanying displacement of ideas and mores. Delderfield does his historical homework meticulously, occasionally numbingly so, but through it all the grandeur of the characters and the sweep of the story carried me captivatingly onward. It is romanticized fiction - and sometimes the romance [...]


    9. I so thoroughly enjoyed these three books. I expected one to stand out from the others but found that not to be the case. These characters were so well drawn, so thorough in their depictions that I felt I really understood them and why the did what they did. I am left to wonder why it took me ever so long to finally get around to reading them. There are a wide variety of secondary characters, from fellow workers to in-laws and he takes the care to develop them just as thoughtfully as his 'stars' [...]


    10. I found this final book in the "God is an Englishman" saga to be a bit slower than its predecessors. Delderfield also throws in a number of deaths near the end of the book that almost feel forced. We only really feel the fallout from one of them. The author also doesn't seem particularly interested in his female characters and deals with them in a mostly cursory manner. Patriarch Adam Swann is smart and progressive, yet the wife he chooses is not particularly intelligent and his relationship wit [...]


    11. Some have said that this is the weakest book of the trilogy,as I agree with that assessment. I differ though in how much this weakness is. The whole series is so strong that this book's weekends only appears when compared to its predecessors. I think part of the problem comes from the attempt to tie down every loose end. I suppose it can't be helped, but it could have been done better; parts of the book dragged.


    12. The last installment of the Swann Saga Trilogy. I enjoyed this as much as the others. Queen Victoria dies, the Women’s' Suffragette movement is born and England enters the age of the automobile which of course impacts the Swann transportation network. The "Great War" is looming but very few see the frightening potential to change Europe and Great Britain forever. Wonderful characters, stories and details across three generations and all the turmoil of these times.


    13. A friend loaned me God is an English Man along with parts 2 and 3 of the Swann saga some twenty five or so years ago. They gathered dust, got moved around, got looked at but not read until around a year ago. I needed a quality read so I dusted them off and found a comfortable chair and started reading. What a wonderful reading experience, not quite up there with A Horseman Riding By but close.


    14. c1973. Timeless. This is the 3rd book in the Swan Family saga. Delderfield (12 February 1912 - 24 June 1972) was a great novelist with a genuine love of his country and proud of its history. He so easily interweaves the lives of the Swan family with the social and economic changes that were happening at the time the story was set.


    15. What a marathon.I must admit to being a little bored by the time I got to the end of this novel. My comments on the second novel still stand. I felt there was too much retrospective which bulked the story out. A good history lesson though for the Victorian era through to the First World War. At school I was only taught as far as Charles the second in history.


    16. After reading the three books in a row.I'm sad that the story finally came to a conclusion. I wanted another book! The saga ends with the start of World War Id lets the reader draw their own conclusions ofhow the Swan clan weathered this historic time in history. I'm sure that if you enjoy historical novels these books will be worth your time.


    17. I enjoyed this final installment of the Swann saga very much. I found the story moved very well and liked the tie in to actual historical events. All in all, this was an excellent trilogy and I will miss reading about this family.


    18. Quite sad to end this series but it is a suitable point. This was the end of a way of life for so many families


    19. Epic of the Swann family. Moves from horses to trucks through the lives of all the family. Would make a good TV series. It is a little too descriptive (lacks plot) but still entertaining.




    20. The series really ran out of energy in this book. It's worth reading if you really liked the first two books, but it is the weakest of the trilogy.


    21. Final entry in this excellent trilogy. I found myself less "attached" to the Swann family offspring than the parents; but definitely a favorite series.





    22. Story kind of dropped off in the third book, I think the family got too big to follow closely enough for the characters to have the depth the older generations had.


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