By Anthony Powell
Written from a vantage element either excessive and intentionally slim, the early novels of the overdue British grasp Anthony Powell however deal within the common subject matters that will develop into a considerable a part of his oeuvre: satisfaction, greed, and the unusual drivers of human habit. extra explorations of relationships and conceit than plot-driven narratives, Powell’s early works demonstrate the stirrings of the unequaled sort, ear for discussion, and eye for irony that will achieve their caustic top in his epic, A Dance to the tune of Time. In Afternoon males, the earliest and maybe so much acid of Powell’s novels, we meet the museum clerk William Atwater, a tender guy stymied in either his specialist and romantic endeavors. Immersed in Atwater’s coterie of acquaintances—a equally unhappy solid of rootless, cocktail-swilling London sophisticates—we examine of the clash among his humdrum paintings lifestyles and louche social scene, of his unrequited love, and, in the course of a visit to the rustic, of the absurd contrivances of right manners. A satire that verges on nihilism and a narrative touched with sexism and equivalent doses self-loathing and self-medication, AfternoonMen has a grim facet to it. yet its discussion sparks and its scenes grip, and for aficionados of Powell, this primary installment in his literary canon might be a welcome window onto the brain of an outstanding artist studying his craft.
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