28 March 2009

Quotable Powell #66

I have only one minor complaint: Alan Bell's introduction (but not the rest of the text) is printed in a very faint type. In Anthony Powell's novel Hearing Secret Harmonies, the effete theatre director Norman Chandler, asked about his suit-material, says: "The colour's named Pale Galilean". That would be an apt name for the printing of this book's intro. As Humphrey Bogart says, confronting a villain: "It's not you I dislike. I just don't like your type".

Bevis Hillier reviewing John Kay, A Series of Original Portraits and Etchings in The Spectator, 22/03/2008
Contributed by Colin Donald