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Welcome to the sixties.,
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This review is from: Absolute Beginners (Allison & Busby Classics) (Paperback)
Colin Macinnes's Absolute beginners is an astonishing novel both as a barometer of the way English life was changing in the late fifties and as an affirmation of the new youthful sensibilities that here at least seem to hold out the possibilities of a post class, post racial future. That these possibilities crystallised as a superficial materialism and selfishness through a vicarious rather than engaged youth culture is no surprise to a reader of the novel, for it is Macinnes's genius to contain the two potential trajectories of Britain's future. One of the very best English novels of the 1950's.