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[Reading Enemies of Promise] ePUB author Cyril Connolly



10 thoughts on “Enemies of Promise

  1. says:

    On the upside the next time anyone complains about how The Literary Establishment has always forced people to write in single genres and thus distorted the Genius Writer I can point to one book as showing what rubbish that statement is On the downside I now know why this is cult classic and less just classic I wa

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    I have always disliked myself at any given moment; the total of such moments is my life

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    In the first part of this book Connolly examines the dual trends of stripped down vernacular storytelling and elevated stylisticall

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    This is a rather surprising and confusing book; only the middle third is like I thought it would be which is also the part advertised by the title Since this section is by far the shortest it leaves me with a lot of time to reflect on the other twoThe first eighty or so pages which lay out the Predicament as Connolly calls it are given ove

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    I really only found the first third of this book interesting I think it lays out an excellent premise in what Connolly dubs The Predicament The predicament is between a ornate type of writing and a stripped down direct version I found Connolly's dissection of the two styles rather lopsided He seemed to lambaste ornate writing with an excessive fierceness Seemingly chalking its use to insecure writers uncertain of what they were trying to

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    Just finished Part I the witty survey of English literary trends feuds and factions from 1890 until 1938 The copy I have is a library one so I

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    William Boyd said of this Somehow manages to enshrine in his words and life everything that we aspire to and that intellectually ennobles us and all that is weak and worst in us as well

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    “There is but one crime to escape from our talent”Cyril Connolly 1903 – 1974 was a British reviewer critic

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    first half most interesting

  10. says:

    Literary criticism from 1938 totally readable in 2020 Funny and tragic probably much like the man himself

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Summary í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Cyril Connolly

Y politics drink and advertising as well as novelists such as Joyce Proust Hemingway and Faulkner in essays that remain fresh and penetrating to this day   “A fine critic compulsive traveler and candid autobiographer Connolly lays down the law for all writers who wanted to count He had imagination and decisive images flashed with the speed of wit in his mind” V S Pritchett New York Review of Bo. I really only found the first third of this book interesting I think it lays out an excellent premise in what Connolly dubs The Predicament The predicament is between a ornate type of writing and a stripped down direct version I found Connolly s dissection of the two styles rather lopsided He seemed to lambaste ornate writing with an excessive fierceness Seemingly chalking its use to insecure writers uncertain of what they were trying to say When he does find merit in this mode of writing he seems to tie appreciation to its work as only being possible in a bygone age and for a ever shrinking leisurely class of

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Enemies of Promise

“Whom the gods wish to destroy” writes Cyril Connolly “they first call promising” First published in 1938 and long out of print Enemies of Promise an “inuiry into the problem of how to write a book that lasts ten years” tests the boundaries of criticism journalism and autobiography with the blistering prose that became Connolly’s trademark Connolly here confronts the evils of domesticit. In the first part of this book Connolly examines the dual trends of stripped down vernacular storytelling and elevated stylistically ambitious prose in early 20th century novels He looks at the strengths and weaknesses of both styles and proposes a synthesis It s interesting stuff rendered dated in its prescriptions by the fact that the dam was about burst a vast array of styles far beyond the elitist mandarin or demotic vernacular of his analysis were to explode on the literary scene And yet the essential ebb and flow of forces of stylistic complication and simplification are still a valid way to view liter Let Sleeping Dogs Lie years” tests the boundaries of criticism journalism and autobiography with the blistering prose that became Connolly’s trademark Connolly here confronts the evils of domesticit. In the first part of this book Connolly examines the dual trends of stripped down vernacular storytelling and elevated stylistically ambitious prose in early 20th century novels He looks at the strengths and weaknesses of both styles and proposes a synthesis It s interesting stuff rendered dated in its prescriptions by the fact that the dam was about burst a vast array of styles far beyond the elitist mandarin or demotic vernacular of his analysis were to explode on the literary scene And Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose yet the essential ebb and flow of forces of stylistic complication and simplification are still a valid way to view liter

Summary í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Cyril Connolly

Oks  “Anyone who writes or wants to write will find something on just about every single page that either endorses a long held prejudice or outrages and that makes it a pretty compelling read You end up muttering back at just about every ornately constructed pensée that Connolly utters but that’s one of the joys of this book” Nick Hornby The Believer “A remarkable book” Anthony Powell ?. first half most interesting