25 February 2017

#144 Fiction Style

Compared with Waugh, Powell is not a mythologiser, and there is nothing in his fiction comparable to the recurring image of the doomed gentleman that I have tried to trace in Waugh's novels. Although Powell is acutely interested in the past he does not lament it; change and even decay are seen as inevitable and something to be endured with as good a grace as possible, since, whatever happens, life goes on.

Bernard Bergonzi; Critical Quarterly; Spring 1969
In tribute to Prof. Bergonzi who died recently
Contributed by Keith Marshall