Saturday, 29 November 2008

Love has failed them

A passage from Neil Powell's "Amis & Son: Two Literary Generations", comparing a Kingsley Amis character to a Roy Fuller character:

The two days share similar rhythms and are punctuated by identical consolations. Both men, alone and dejected at the ends of their respective novels, nevertheless possess rich inner cultural and imaginative lives that are unavailable to apparently cleverer, more successful characters; love has failed them, but not the redemptive power of art. It's a state which Kingsley seems to endorse, almost with a touch of envy.

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