To Keep the Ball Rolling The Memoirs of Anthony Powell

To Keep the Ball Rolling The Memoirs of Anthony Powell➵ [Read] ➱ To Keep the Ball Rolling The Memoirs of Anthony Powell By Anthony Powell ➿ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk To earn the reputation of a literary giant within the generation of Waugh Orwell and Greene is no mean feat To do so with the grace and genius that characterized Anthony Powell—whose twelve volume A To earn the Ball eBook ´ the reputation of a literary giant within the generation of Waugh Orwell and Greene is no mean feat To do so with the grace and genius that characterized Anthony Powell—whose twelve volume A Dance to the To Keep MOBI :¿ Music of Time is possibly the only English language work to match the majestic scope of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past—is nothing short of spectacular Yet Powell himself remains absent from his writing; he was said the New York Keep the Ball ePUB ↠ Times a writer of mordant succinctness who rewards the reader while revealing little of himselfPowell did eventually reveal himself in four volumes of memoirs published between and This edition of Anthony Powell's Memoirs is an abridged and Keep the Ball Rolling The MOBI :¿ revised version of those volumes a version that has never before been published in this form in the United States The result is not only a fascinating view of Powell as a man and an author but also a uniue history of British literary society and the social elite Powell lampooned and moved within from the twenties through the eighties From Eton and Oxford to his life as a novelist and critic Powell observes all—the obscenity trial sparked by Lady Chatterley's Lover; Shirley Temple's libel suit after Graham Greene reviewed Wee Willie Winkie with even than his usual verve—and paints vivid portraits of Kingsley Amis VS Naipaul TS Eliot Virginia Woolf and countless others Most importantly Powell's lively memoirs banish all thought of the man as a relic of the British gentry He was a modernist a Tory and than a little interested in genealogy and peerage but a man who according to Ferdinand Mount miraculously knew what life was like. I loved this memoir by the novelist Anthony Powell but then i am a sucker for anything written about the British Bright Young Things between the wars At over 450 pages of dense but superbly written pages To Keep the Ball Rolling is for Powell enthusiasts only but it delivers for those who revel in that era All the legends of the British intellectual class seem to have met and drankdined with Powell Affectionate and acerbic portrayals of Orwell Cyril Connolly Robert Byron Waugh and even a great vignette on encountering Scott Fitzgerald at a Hollywood Commissary left me wanting to read the entire 4 volume unabridged memoirs Powell is a marvelous writer and great storyteller as one would expect from the author of A Dance to the Music of Time I would love to have had the opportunity to meet him Talks of the Bete Noir Club whereby all memebers have to add a name to the list and no matter who they are whether brother wife or best friend all other members of the club must persecute them mercilessly I'm not sure that Powell was enough of an egoist as he might say to really satisfy the reader's craving for personal details as a memoirist But this is a wonderful collection of sketches of his widely various acuaintance with the narrator largely revealing himself so to speak through the back door The consideration of Shakespeare at the end provided a fascinating window into his thought processes

To Keep the Ball Rolling The Memoirs of Anthony Powell
  • Hardcover
  • 472 pages
  • To Keep the Ball Rolling The Memoirs of Anthony Powell
  • Anthony Powell
  • English
  • 13 January 2015
  • 9780226677217