The Man of Fifty, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Arriving at the family manor, the Major scarcely recognises his tall and elegant niece as she rushes out to greet him.

Surprise soon turns to satisfaction as he learns that she has confessed to being in love with him - and he a fifty-year-old man!

Instantly turning his attention to his appearance, he determines to transform himself into a suitable lover for a young girl.

But he must also make a confession to his son, to whom his niece was originally promised.

Rather conveniently, however, his son has also succumbed to love - and with an older woman.

All would seem to be well - until the new-look Major meets his son's paramour...'The Man of Fifty moves because of its very sparseness - combined with a boldness and clarity of selected incidents that are simultaneously plainly factual and symbolic' - from the Foreword by A.S.



  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781843911005



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For a writer that receives as much praise as Goethe, this book was pretty superficial. The plot of an older man trying to woo younger women has been seen in numerous works over the years (Balzac's Cousin Bette comes to mind). But this story never goes anywhere. It is not a torturous read, or a bad book. I can't say many negative things about it. But on the other hand, I can't say many positive things about it. If you have nothing else to read, then this will be OK. But I would steer clear and search for something with a bit more substance.

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