Hurry on Down Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1971
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About the Author
John Wain, 1925-94, was an English novelist and critic. He served as professor of poetry at Oxford (1973-8) and wrote or edited more than seventy books. His works include the novels A Winter in the Hills (1970) and The Pardoner's Tale (1978); Letters to Five Artists (1969), poems; and critical
studies of Arnold Bennett (1967) and Samuel Johnson (1975).
Nick Bentley is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Keele University, UK.
He is author of Contemporary
British Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2008); Radical Fictions:
The English Novel in the 1950s (Peter Lang, 2007); and editor of British
Fiction of the 1990s (Routledge, 2005). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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At the centre of the book is Charles Lumley. Given that the book was written in 1953, Wain had become part of the tradition that had spawned fifties Anti-Heroes (Look back in Anger and Rebel without a cause). Lumley's first act of rebellion is to forego his university education and become a window cleaner.
Consider these passages:-
"In Charles's breast pocket was a paper packet containing his last cigarette. He took it out carefully, but it had somehow bent , and the paper was broken in the middle. He began to smoke it, holding it so that one finger exactly covered the torn spot, inhaling deeply. The hot storm-centre of alcohol in his stomach rose to meet the smouldering pool of nicotine in his lungs, and, the burden of guilt and fatigue slipping from his shoulders, he breathed a silent prayer of gratitude to the twin deities of his world"
"The words crashed into the silence by the sudden cessation in Blearney's voice. The effect was that of a man talking loudly in a tube train, who barks out at the end of his sentence as soon as the tube stops, and the whole carriage hears it"
"...Now we can really beginthe fun - the party's complete. Folks, this is Harry Lumpy...This is Jimmy, Stanley and Elsa" The succession of names flooded over his mind like dirty water..."
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It's a good book, underrated, should be better known. But why is it so expensive?Published 7 months ago by Filip Muzsky
Wain is almost forgotten today I think and this certainly is well worth reading. Not sure it is his best book, but he is an author to rediscover.Published on 10 Nov. 2011 by W. Russell