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Messengers of Day Anthony Powell

Messengers of Day

Anthony Powell

Published April 1st 1978
ISBN : 9780434599233
209 pages
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More charming apercus from Powell. This is a better read than the first volume simply because the people are more interesting, and you get the sense that life is really happening to him now (he publishes his first novels in this volume, for instance). Again, totally meaningless if you dont care that Powell wrote ADTTMOT, but absolutely charming if you do. The interesting thing about the memoirs so far, for me at least, is that you get the same empty eyeball feeling from the narrator as in ADTTMOT. Just as in that novel the narrators falling in love and getting married warrants about half a paragraph of by the way, I got married about five years ago, so here, even though Powell is ostensibly discussing his own love life and occasionally mentions how he went to certain pubs because thats where the girls were, its pretty clear that whats interesting to Powell is the pubs and other peoples love lives.Also, how he remembers all his friends one liners from the remote past of his own youth is beyond me. I cant even remember them from two nights ago.PS: Powells discussion of it here has convinced me to read The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold. I hold that against this volume, because Im starting to think OGP will ruin Waugh for me.