By Angus Wilson
Gerald Middleton is a sixty-year-old self-proclaimed failure. Worse than that, he’s "a failure with a conscience." As a tender guy, he used to be all for an archaeological dig that grew to become up an obscene idol within the coffin of a seventh-century bishop and scandalized a iteration. the invention was once in reality the main outrageous archaeological hoax of the century, and Gerald has lengthy recognized who used to be dependable and why. yet to bare the fact is to hazard destroying the area of comfortable compromises that, in my view in addition to professionally, he has lengthy made his own.
One of England's first overtly homosexual novelists, Angus Wilson was once a filthy realist who relished the sleaze and scuffle of lifestyle. Slashingly satirical, virtuosically plotted, and showing Dickensian humor and nerve, Anglo-Saxon Attitudes encompasses a vibrant solid of characters that comes with scheming lecturers and fading actresses, vast businessmen toggling among mistresses and other halves, media celebrities, hustlers, transvestites, blackmailers, toadies, or even one holy idiot. each person, it sort of feels, is both in cahoots or at the hours of darkness, at the same time comically intrepid Gerald Middleton struggles to keep up a few dignity whereas digging up a historical past of lies.
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Is this the new issue of Bluecollar Review ? asked Julie. Is she your girlfriend? Yes, this is the new issue, said Ira. Want to help me staple it and sell it? What’re you doing today? Running away from home, Julie said. Want to come along? Ira straightened up his spine, cleared his throat. T H E D R E A M O F D O C T O R B A N TA M 47 Are you serious? he asked. Is it that bad? Do you need a place to stay? I was kidding, said Julie. It’s not that bad at home. That’s a relief, said Ira. It’s worse, said Julie, and she let out a maniacal laugh.
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Come with me. Julie put down her book and followed Tabitha into their mother Linda’s bedroom. Their mother was at work, like every day; she wouldn’t be home until after six. A stack of Jackie Collins novels held up the TV remote on the table by the bed. Tabitha pulled the still-unmade comforter and blankets off—the sheets beneath were pink and rumpled, sour-smelling, and old ashes had been pressed into their 400-count weave. 26 JEANNE THORNTON Take off your clothes, said Tabitha. And lie down. Julie felt a thrill of badness as her khaki shorts and her bluehemmed motorcycle underwear fell to the floor.
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