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All these considerations are very relevant to the American novelists of the '
absurdist' or 'comic-apocalyptic' school, who have emerged in the last few years
and whose most brilliant representative is, I think, Thomas Pynchon. Other names
In his early comic novels Evelyn Waugh offered some interesting anticipations of
the American comic-apocalyptic, or black comic, manner; indeed, the world war
at the end of Vile Bodies is a choice example of a global fictional apocalypse, ...
Nevertheless Lucky Jim remains, for me, a comic masterpiece, the funniest
English first novel since Anthony Powell's Afternoon Men appeared in 193 1, and
a work that is surpassed only by the very best of Waugh and Powell. One would
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Crazy uneven: the introductory chapters are great. Bergonzi was clearly at his best making general arguments, and the contrasts he draws between American and English literature are interesting. But in ... Read full review
Character and Liberalism
The Ideology of Being English
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