30 March 2008

Quotable Powell 35 - 39

Quotable Powell #39 [17 July 2005]
He was bald but seemed to be bearing up well.

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


Quotable Powell #38 [27 June 2005]

It is tempting to regard The Fisher King as Anthony Powell's Tempest - for even though one hopes that this profoundly touching comic novel is not Powell's final work, the book deals openly with questions of decay and rebirth, and also includes a singularly shrewd set of musings on Powell's fictional techniques. Indeed the 80-year-old author salts his tale with so many clues about how he feels novels ought to work that The Fisher King could serve as an after-the-fact guide to his 12-volume A Dance to the Music of Time, which I am not alone in regarding as the century's finest English-language work of fiction.

Larry Kart reviewing The Fisher King in Tribune, September 1986
[Contributed by William Wleklinski]


Quotable Powell #37 [30 May 2005]

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 #36 [23 April 2005]

There is a French saying that 'a bottle of Chambertin, a ragout a la Sardanapalus, and a lady causeuse, are the three best companions at table in France'. I have been unable to trace a recipe for this particular dish, apparently a well-known one, but not to be found in several French cookery books.

Anthony Powell, "Cyrus Redding: Wine and Friends" in Cyril Ray (ed), The Compleat Imbiber 10
[Contributed by Keith Marshall]


Quotable Powell #35 [13 March 2005]

One of the things about being deserted by Matilda or anyone is that it leaves you in a semi-castrated state incapable of fixing yourself up with an alternative girl. Deserting people, on the other hand, is positively stimulating. I don't mind betting that Matilda is surrounded by admirers at this moment ...

Anthony Powell, The Kindly Ones
[Contributed by Larry M Allis]

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