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Alms for Oblivion: Vol 1 (Omnibus Edition: The Rich Pay Late; Friends in Low Places; The Sabre Squadron; Fielding Gray) Paperback – 1 Jan 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Four Books in One edition (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099268140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099268147
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 547,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Raven's unique vision of our times - classes battling, corruption raging, ideas flashing - is not only valid but valuable. He spins webs of chance, intrigue and wit to ensnare civilised values and trap the truth. It's high time we gave this very curious genius a loud, warm welcome." (David Hughes Mail on Sunday)

"A ready made cult waiting to be discovered" (Spectator)

"Cracking entertainment... Dangerously, deliciously addictive" (Daily Telegraph)

"Raven's gusto, the robustness of his style and his powerful, if quirky, intelligence all held me rapt" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Sparkling and fizzing... Raven has the mind of a cad and the pen of an angel" (Guardian)

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Format: Paperback
After discovering Simon Raven roughly six weeks ago, I scrummed eight of his books, almost in one go.

Four of these were: The Rich Pay Late, The Sabre Squadron, Friends in Low Places, and, Fielding Gray.
These four are the first written in the Alms for Oblivion series which I rate higher than Powell's or Snow's.
But in saying that, I enjoy the well developed low characters, whose morals are not of our sickly politically correct age.

The cunning.

I was put on to him via a blurb in Stephen Fry's book 'The Liar', which said The Liar is a mixture of PG Wodehouse and Simon Raven. After reading Raven, and, of course, having read many Wodehouse's, I feel so happy to know how a cocktail of all three might taste!

Raven's writing is a classically educated dream. There are no pretentions or confusions: he is not writing to show how clever he is, but has a vast world of characters he wishes you to know through and through.

Read This Book.
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Simon Raven is a greatly underrated writer who has been unjustly ignored in recent years. This series in particular is a delight - witty, black, entertaining and pertinent - Raven slyly skewers his targets with inventive glee.
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Sheer perfection. Captures the mood of the period in an easy, fluid and rhythmical manner. Never afraid to tackle difficult themes.
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Reminds me of Robertson Davies Cornish trilogy with its mixture of humour and pathos, combined with a sharp wit. Would recommend the whole series.
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