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By Neil McEwan (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0312055714

ISBN-13: 9780312055714

ISBN-10: 0333497120

ISBN-13: 9780333497128

ISBN-10: 1349214833

ISBN-13: 9781349214839

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Nick as a child was fascinated by hearing about 'a big iron man'; he retains a lively interest in the poetic diction offinance. 'The Acceptance World', metaphorically easy to explain, has a precise City sense he keeps trying to track down. Later he can be intrigued by hearing of'cheap money', or learning that an acquaintance is 'connected with the by-products of coal'. Business-people he meets at the Templers, including Sunny Farebrother, Bob Duport and Jimmy Stripling, take such terms for gran ted and would think Jenkins's literary savouring of them childish nonsense.

There is an aftermath in London. Eustace announces at the end that Alec and his wife were drowned in the storm. There are further coincidences. The narrator used to know the Pimleys - Alec apart - and, with Hudson, comes to know them again. He learns that Alec's grandfather published, anonymously, the travels in Ceylon that Alec cannibalised for Waring's first book. In a subplot Beryl's difficult sister Winefred pursues an Indian, Mr LaI, who appears as a medium at the end of the book and 'sees' by clairvoyance aspects of the Waring story.

Another pleasure which must have made attentive readers remember Powell's name is the unfailing skill with talk, notable in this book, especially in Mavrin, in those who speak English weIl but as a foreign language. From a View to a Death (1933) is an entertaining redeployment ofthe craft developed in the first two novels. It has a new setting, English 'county' life. Vernon Passenger of Passenger Court has two daughters: Betty, in retirement after a disastrous marriage to an Italian duke, and Mary who, recently 'out', knows little ofthe world.

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