23 August 2013

#109: People & Worlds

I know of no writer who is more sensitive to the special worlds in which his characters live, whether it be publishing, the military, politics, sexual fantasy or whatever; but he treats these worlds and their people in his own special way. Anthony Powell, perhaps more than any other writer in the world today, is not influenced by doctrine, by any special political point of view. His people are not conformists: they are individuals, with their special charms and madnesses. They may infuriate or entrance you, but they never bore you.

Harry Sions, "The Relevance of Anthony Powell", Summary (Autumn 1970)
Contributed by Keith Marshall