By Anthony Powell
Written from a vantage element either excessive and intentionally slender, the early novels of the past due British grasp Anthony Powell however deal within the common issues that might develop into a considerable a part of his oeuvre: delight, greed, and the unusual drivers of human habit. extra explorations of relationships and self-esteem than plot-driven narratives, Powell’s early works exhibit the stirrings of the unequaled sort, ear for discussion, and eye for irony that might 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 expert and romantic endeavors. Immersed in Atwater’s coterie of acquaintances—a equally unhappy solid of rootless, cocktail-swilling London sophisticates—we study 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 side to it. yet its discussion sparks and its scenes grip, and for aficionados of Powell, this primary installment in his literary canon could be a welcome window onto the brain of a superb artist studying his craft.
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To hell with them! An actor needs his character’s eyes. Only. If Hamlet were to walk in here, search out my pupils with his own, and say to me—You know what, my friends, don’t be angry, but I must work. Sooner or later I shall summon him, and then … Away, I say. GUILDEN: Phelya, did you hear that? He spoke to us just now like a real prince. We’d better go. Rehearsal starts in fifteen minutes. PHELIA: Stern, darling, come with us. STERN: Leave me. I beg you. For me as well, it is about … to start.
A feeling of wary bewilderment was increasing in me with every second: so an animal must feel under vivisection. “What am I to him or them? ” I resolved to find out. But when the door opened, it admitted two men: my host and a bespectacled, moonfaced person with cropped red hair: leaning his limp, seemingly boneless body on a walking stick, he scrutinized me from the threshold through his round lenses. “Das,” our host introduced him. I said my name. After Das, a third person appeared: a wiry little man the muscles of whose clenched jaws twitched under needlelike eyes, with a thin crack for a mouth.
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Afternoon Men by Anthony Powell