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Ody to exploit Along comes the cashed up "ing nu Blore Smith son of a deceased midlands businessman with a print of van Gogh s Sunflowers "nu Blore Smith son of a deceased midlands businessman with a print of van Gogh s Sunflowers his wall perhaps Powell should simply have named him Room Temperature A series of amusing scenes occur as the knowing pair escort Blore Smith on expensive and educative romps to Paris and Weimar Berlin Ho ho There are amusing lines but the situations themselves are never uite as funny as their author seems to think they are Or as funny as their author seems to think they are Or have simply aged and one is no longer titillated by the advent of an unknowing young man s presence in a brothel though it does prompt him to conclude that it must be uite warm because all the women have their frocks pulled up rather highLove his opus as I do I think it might be time to put aside rummaging through Powell s non Dance fiction for a while rummaging through Powell s non Dance fiction for a while up Sad So in every possible case He that is not free is not an Agent but a Patient Wesley Sermon lxviiHaving enjoyed the 12 novel seuence A Dance to the Music of Time I am radually reading my way through Powell s non Dance novelsThe primary agents of the title are Chipchase a psychologist with theories but no patients and Maltravers who works in film in a not entirely clear functio. Dry wit Powell builds his comedies on the foibles of British high society between the wars delving into subjects as various as psychoanalysis the film industry publishing and of course sex More explorations of relationships. Ah Powell you re the best This felt somewhat slight along the lines of his first novel Afternoon Men but marvelous nonetheless I enjoyed Maltravers s relationship with his wife and the state of their home and the drunk Maruis in chapter 5 was kind of the best Not a really fun read but not especially awful either I suppose A little

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Evelyn Waugh but near as ood Set just before WW2 amongst the opportunistic not uite rich The agents are cinematic and artistic the patients are psychoanalytic The would be film maker plans a prototype reality TV documentary though he imagines it won t make any money filming a bunch of intellectuals holed up in a big house together and seeing how they interact and justifying it as practical psychology As a reviewer for the TLS in 1947 Anthony Powell wrote a piece on the British novel as it appeared between the wars They were melancholy and satirical with lively dialogue and bare descriptions Agents Patients written in 1936 fits the description Maltravers and Chipchase two post war types already perhaps a little dated based incidentally on the author and his friend John Heygate the man for whom Evelyn Gardener left Evelyn Waugh are hard up and in need of someb. Unsavory artists titled boobs and charlatans with an affinity for Waugh are hard up and in need of someb. Unsavory artists titled boobs and charlatans with an affinity for are the oddballs whose antics animate the early "novels of the late British master Anthony Powell A enius of social satire delivered with a very. "of the late British master Anthony Powell A enius of social satire delivered with a very. .

N his screen credit if he received one would probably be Associate Producer but who has ambitions of becoming an auteur Their patient is Blore Smith a young man with adeuate money but little sense of purpose Chipchase and Maltravers set about to relieve him of
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former and perhaps provide him with the latter A number of comic incidents ensue with an eccentric Cast Of Characters In London And Its Environs As Well of characters in London and its environs as well Paris and Berlin in the very last days of the Weimar Republic In this novel one can find if one wishes a meditation on free will and "personal responsibility but Powell keeps his touch very light and does not insist "responsibility but Powell keeps his touch very light and does not insist the reader contemplating any serious themes beneath his entertaining surface As with much of Mr Powell s work Agents and Patients rows funnier with each re reading Blore Smith seems in many ways an early version of Widmerpool but without the menace I still find it amusing to think that in the roman a clef fashion Oliver Chipchase is somewhat based on AP himself My least favourite Powell so far in part because the deliberately cinematic style is so distancing that I just didn t care what happened next I also find the disillusionment of the innocent sad than funny. And vanity than plot driven narratives these slim novels reveal the early stirrings of the uneualed style ear for dialogue and eye for irony that would reach their caustic peak in Powell’s epic A Dance to the Music of Time. .

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