• Title: What's Become of Waring
  • Author: Anthony Powell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
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    What s Become of Waring This fascinating catalog of the comic relates the ironic and ludicrous adventures of a noted but mysterious English travel book writer whose reported death throws the London literary world into a tizz
    This fascinating catalog of the comic relates the ironic and ludicrous adventures of a noted but mysterious English travel book writer whose reported death throws the London literary world into a tizzy Anthony Powell is also the author of O, How the Wheel Becomes It and Venusberg.

    One Reply to “What's Become of Waring”

    1. For years I've been meaning to start Powell's great sequence, A Dance To The Music of Time; but somehow I've never made the first step. However, I DO have a copy (purchased I think from some second-hand bookseller years and years ago) of this pre-Music comic novel, and the other day when I needed something absorbing but not too emotionally or intellectually challenging to read, I fished it off the shelf, and found myself enchanted. What's Become of Waring is set in England and the South of Franc [...]

    2. This one gets funnier every time. So much of Dance is rehearsed in Waring. Eustace Bromwich, especially, is an early version of Dicky Umfraville, just as the nameless narrator anticipates Nick Jenkins. The mystery surrounding T.T. Waring is resolved in a manner that anticipates the interconnectedness of everything in Dance. I find all of Powell's 1930s' novels reward re-reading.

    3. A classic British comedy that follows on the traditions of Wilde. This is light, classic, Ealing comedy style writing that captures a sense of time brilliantly. Loved it.

    4. This is a novel about a mysterious travel writer who seems to have died, narrated by an unnamed editor at his publishing company. It's 1930s London, so the action (if it can be called that) takes place in drawing rooms, cluttered offices, staid men's clubs, and country houses. It is quietly, very drily, not overbearingly comic, and the writing is good in an unobtrusive way:"My brother is a strange fellow," said Bernard, speaking with terrible bonhomie.* "I was staying with friends," Roberta said [...]

    5. I had to read this one really quickly to get it back to the library in time, but I don't think my experience suffered too much as a result. The novel is a meditation on identity; the narrator works for the publisher of the eponymous Waring, a mysterious author of travel literature who dies suddenly. The publishing company wants to get a biography out about Waring ASAP while they can still make money off of it, and the question of who should write the biography, and then the chosen author's resea [...]

    6. This was my last, final, attempt to complete an Anthony Dymoke Powell novel. Having thrice started, and thrice abandoned at different stages, 'A Dance to the Music of Time', I plucked from the dusty unread-modern-fiction shelves of Keele University Library this slender little tome. And quite enjoyed it! A pleasant tale of no great consequence, and refreshingly straightforward in style by comparison with the tediously overwritten pages of 'Dance to the Music of Time'. I shan't bother with him aga [...]

    7. Having come to this earlier work after I readA Dance to the Music of Time , it was pretty easy to see where all of the characters would end up and how the plot would unfold. But, it was still an enjoyable read. It hasn't really aged well -- like most Brit Lit written between the two world wars -- but that doesn't really matter. It's Anthony Powell.

    8. Not crazy about this book but a member of the my book club who grew up in England said it was satire. I really didn't get it but am going to give it a try with the understanding it is like Punch or Monty Python.

    9. Whilst perhaps not quite of the same calibre as the twelve novels of the Dance to the Music of Time sequence, Powell demonstrates his great talent here in crafting a thoroughly enjoyable tale. The truth about Waring and its ramifications make for a good twist.

    10. T.T. Waring is the nom de plume of an elusive travel writer in Powells' very funny novel. A British comedy of manners involving the publishing industry- I don't think this book is for everyone, but I enjoyed the setting and the search for Waring.

    11. The beginning of an interest in Anthony Powell. The title's from the poem that begins "What's become of Waring since he's given us the slip/Chose land travel or seafaring"

    12. A travel writer disappears in mysterious circumstances.OK, but "A Dance to the Music of Time" it is not. And I worked out the twist quite early on.

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