kein reimen kein dichten kein poetischer vers ich greif einfach in die seiten lass klappern und läuten was klangfarben malt wird es etwas bedeuten? es schert mich nicht und hoffentlich suchst auch du keine tiefen in dem was hier herausgeschossen steht nur eines geschrieben: freude das worte nun fließen © J.F. Wolf 2018
A really great book and a film by Vittorio de Seca gathered much attention when it first came out. Particularly important and pertinant after the Italian election results!
For many years I have wanted to write about the Finzi-Continis — about Micòl and Alberto, Professor Ermanno and Signora Olga — and about the many others who lived at, or like me frequented, the house in Corso Ercole I d’Este, Ferrara, just before the last war broke out. But the impulse, the prompt, really to do so only occurred for me a year ago, one April Sunday in 1957.
So begins the prologue of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. The event that prompted the narrator was a visit to some Etruscan tombs and an innocent remark from a little girl about why the old tombs are considered less sad than modern tombs. This makes the narrator think about the Finzi-Continis’ tomb, built about a hundred years before but now nearly completely overgrown with weeds. A tomb that does not hold the more recent Finzi-Continis as most of them…
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I enjoyed this review which I think covers the book, which I have just read, very well. The boxing scene I found rather interesting. There seems to be a fair amount of prejudice looking back on this writing-not at all funny by today’s standards. A minor character, Susan’s father is well drawn and prefigures in an amusing way, figures in “A Dance to the Music of Time”.
Afternoon Men was Anthony Powell’s first novel and was published in 1931 when Powell was only 26 years old. I found this copy in a secondhand bookshop when I was reading his twelve-volume series of novels, A Dance to the Music of Time. It’s a fun book and will certainly be of interest to anyone that has read Dance as the style and structure of the book is so similar to his later work. The book has little plot and instead concentrates on characters and the dialogue between the many characters, who are all from the same jaded semi-aristocratic, intellectual milieu as in Dance.
The main character is William Atwater who has an unsatisfying job at a museum. The book opens with Atwater in a bar discussing with his friend, Pringle, Pringle’s current medication regime. We are then introduced to several other characters who enter the bar and…
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