The Acceptance World

The Acceptance World

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Set in the Great Depression of 1931-32. The Acceptance World invites us once again to join Nicholas Jenkins and his friends in their dance to the music of more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 158.2 x 238.8 x 23.4mm | 746.47g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Large Print Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0753158167
  • 9780753158166

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The third in the series which began with A Question of Upbringing and A Buyer's Market, and which may well continue beyond the present volume, patterns a society and a generation with extreme skill if with no discernible narrative and at an unhurried pace. So it is, that through occasional moments, and a number of people introduced in the earlier volumes, there are glimpses which form a collective view of what is now defined as the "acceptance world". This is a financial term here applied to many of these young people, like Nick Jenkins, the narrator, who has learned the price to be paid on a fluctuating exchange for certain values- any happiness, or love. Peter Templer whom he so admired in his university days is now married to the full blown Mona, but loses her to the literary leftwinger, Quiggin; Jenkins himself ?? his romance with Jean Templer; other marriages are dissolved- and new attachments form; and the poet Members, the spiritualist Mrs. Erdleigh, crotchety Uncle ?? in a cumulative perspective... Powell writes at a certain distance from all his characters; there is considerable irony and acumen- rather than the softer emotions and he is an expert commentator at a level not likely to engage the average American reader. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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