Books Do Furnish a Room

Books Do Furnish a Room

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Two or three years after the Second World War and London's literary world is finding its feet again, Nicholas Jenkins has found himself a job "doing the books" on a "little magazine". This brings about contact with persons known and unknown, including that talented writer of the war-generation, X. Now a Labour MP, Widmerpool abuts on these activities, but may have bitten off more than he can chew in marrying the young and beautiful Pamela more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 165 x 248 x 25mm | 522g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Large Print Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 075315823X
  • 9780753158234

Review Text

Further gracenotes in The Music of Time, this starts off the post World War II trilogy in the unstemmable roman fleuve which has been Mr. Powell's work in progress for about twenty years. One wishes that the volumes could appear in closer seriatim; by the time one has recalled from memory and reestablished all those many tandem 'connexions,' they disappear from view. The title is the cognomen of a journalist, Bagshaw, and in fact most of the subdued interchanges take place within the literary world: whether it's an initial visit with an indestructible power-playing don, or the closing one with a very elderly librarian; or in between the start of a new publishing firm and a new magazine, Fission. Widmerpool, now an M.P., is one of the sponsors; and then there's a writer, X. Trapnel - one of those survivors of a shiftless, shapeless lifestyle who runs off with Widmerpool's relatively new and younger wife, Pamela, that "first class little bitch." It's "all that sort of thing" implying or throwing away much more than is actually said. However knowing and charming, and Mr. Powell is always both, one wonders at times whether he does more than replicate this world and whether he is advancing something beyond the random and often coincident course of human existence. Be that as it may, his books have been furnishing a great many rooms over the years. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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409 ratings
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5 38% (156)
4 47% (192)
3 11% (46)
2 3% (13)
1 0% (2)
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