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Meg has a mental breakdown. When she finally gets home to London, she discovers that Bill had no money. How she starts over—the secretarial course, staying in sordid hotels, and eventually alienating her best friends—is not the story we expect. Her homosexual brother David, whose partner, Gordon, has just died of cancer, runs a nursery where he deals paternalistically with an odd menage of employees.
He is cold, repressed, and irritable, and does not want Meg to stay with him, but it is inevitable.
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It was the kind of book which needed to exist, and it occupied a space which was waiting for it. It is now hard to recall, after three flourishing decades of female and feminist fiction, the dismal and stereotypical portrayals of women which was on offer in the early post-war period….
I am not of that generation of readers. This novel is, however, very entertaining, and if it were not in print, would have Virago potential. Like Like. I know he is very well-thought of, and it may be that this is not his best book. I was, however, glued to it!
He is one of those writers in danger of being forgotten. My guess is that this is not his best book. Eliot, who becomes thoroughly unlikable, almost monstrous in her hysteria, as the novel continues. I did read Anglo-Sax Attitudes years ago and enjoyed it.
The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot by Wilson
You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. And so I read middlebrow novels on Thanksgiving. Allan Massie. Others, good and bad alike, are content to refine their method, rework their material.
Shakespeare has a scope denied to Racine, but Racine is capable of a more intense concentration of effect. This is a diversion or distraction — something Shakespeare allowed himself often, Racine never — because really I wanted to talk about Angus Wilson, who on this matter agreed with Auden. He wrote only eight novels himself, and in each he set himself a new challenge, explored new territory, leaving far behind the material and manner of the excellent short stories with which he made his name.
The stories themselves remain to my mind wonderfully good; nobody catches so precisely the post-war world of the shabby-genteel where dubious majors pass dodgy cheques. One assumes Wilson could have continued in this vein. They all owe something to his father. But the other five novels are a remarkable body of work, books which bear frequent re-reading. The first, Hemlock and After, is still somewhat in the manner of the short stories, and very funny, as well as wise and painful. It has also some of his finest set-pieces, one notably ghastly party.
In one sense it points towards his sixth novel, No Laughing Matter, which is a sort of family saga, witty, imaginative, compassionate, highly intelligent, full of characters whose vitality is astonishing.
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In between are two utterly different novels. The Old Men at the Zoo, published in , is ostensibly about a war between Britain and the European Union sometime in the s. It was received with some uncertainty by most reviewers. In his Spectator letter he suggested that, consciously or not, Wilson had described not a future war but the invasion that many feared in and its possible consequences.
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Set in a New Town, it deals with apparently very ordinary people leading unexciting lives. They come in retirement to live with their son, recently widowed trendy headmaster of a comprehensive. Sounds dull?
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