30 March 2008

Quotable Powell 25 - 29

Quotable Powell #29 [22 August 2004]
A certain amount of brick-throwing might even be a good thing. There comes a moment in the career of most artists, if they are any good, when attacks on their work take a form almost more acceptable than praise.

Anthony Powell; Casanova's Chinese Restaurant
[Contributed by Stephen Holden]


Quotable Powell #28 [22 May 2004]

The [Compton-Burnett] novels ... are primarily concerned with human passions, and the ruthless manner in which these are usually satisfied ... [In] the [Victorian-Edwardian] accepted routine of manners ... much that is said and done is not made explicit ... Of course, much of Victorian life was licentious. Everybody knew that at the time ... However, the particular social technique of that epoch was to deal with such matters obliquely ... All these subjects are dealt with in the [Compton-Burnett] novels in a manner ... unlikely to be made more effective or convincing by the recital of elaborate physical details.

Anthony Powell; Miscellaneous Verdicts
[Contributed by Ed Bock]


Quotable Powell #27 [22 May 2004]

Atwater ... began to bite the apple. It was green and tasted of absolutely nothing. It was like eating material in the abstract.

Anthony Powell; Afternoon Men
[Contributed by B Douglas Russell]


Quotable Powell #26 [7 March 2004]

Parents ... are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don’t fulfil the promise of their early years.

Anthony Powell; A Buyer's Market
[Contributed by Laurie Adams Frost]


Quotable Powell #25 [1 February 2004]

[Bithel] "Told me you were quite a reader – like me – didn't you?"
[Jenkins] "Yes, I am. I read quite a lot." I no longer attempted to conceal the habit, with all its undesirable implications. At least admitting to it put one in a recognisably odd category of persons from whom less need be expected than the normal run.

Anthony Powell; The Soldier's Art
[Contributed by Stephen Holden]

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