All the Conspirators Paperback – 24 Jun 1976
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The best prose writer in English. --Gore Vidal"
A novel of adolescence, of family life among the New Poor, of atrocities witnessed at tea in the drawing room. A profound but not impartial book.--Cyril Connolly
In Isherwood s work, a magic potion of history and invention, the voice is clear, and no matter how many times we hear it, it always seems to be speaking for the first time."
The best prose writer in English.--Gore Vidal
Isherwood s best critics, Gore Vidal and Elizabeth Hardwick, have characterized his work as journalistic and objective, and indeed his writing can be read as a series of dispatches from the gay front.--Hilton Als"
In Isherwood's work, a magic potion of history and invention, the voice is clear, and no matter how many times we hear it, it always seems to be speaking for the first time.
Isherwood's best critics, Gore Vidal and Elizabeth Hardwick, have characterized his work as journalistic and objective, and indeed his writing can be read as a series of dispatches from the gay front.--Hilton Als --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986), perhaps the first major openly gay writer to be read extensively by a wider audience, was one of the most distinguished authors of the twentieth century. His literary friendships encompassed such writers as W. H. Auden, E. M. Forster, Stephen Spender, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Somerset Maugham. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This early work (his first novel) reads like many 20's novels with highly theatrical, self-involved characters interacting in scenes that would work better on stage than between the covers of a book. That none of them are particularly sympathetic may be off putting for some. Even Isherwood, in his self-deprecating introduction to this edition, is half-apologetic about the experimental styles used intermittently and unsuccessfully.
The plot involves the son of the house, Phillip, who wishes to escape the office where he works, torn between pleasing his oppressive mother and the dreams of becoming an artist (writer AND painter, mind you). His ally is his sister, Joan, who likewise is torn between two suitors, a cynical med student and a stuffed shirt Cambridge man. The climax is out of a 30's film and totally absurd.
And yet there are the seeds of the novelist Isherwood would become, the precocity of this early writer (he started the novel when he was 21) on display in a few wonderfully written scenes and the satisfaction of seeing where his talent began.
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