Afternoon Men

Afternoon Men follows the trivial encounters and idle pastimes of the social set through William Atwater With a glee in upending pretense that rivals the works of Max Beerbohm and Evelyn Waugh, Powell attacks artistic pretension, aristocratic jadedness, and the dark side of the glamorous life.Afternoon Men provides an important perspective on the development of one of thiAfternoon Men follows the trivial encounters and idle pastimes of the social set through William Atwater With a glee in upending pretense that rivals the works of Max Beerbohm and Evelyn Waugh, Powell attacks artistic pretension, aristocratic jadedness, and the dark side of the glamorous life.Afternoon Men provides an important perspective on the development of one of this century s great satirists.
Afternoon Men Afternoon Men follows the trivial encounters and idle pastimes of the social set through William Atwater With a glee in upending pretense that rivals the works of Max Beerbohm and Evelyn Waugh Powell

  • Title: Afternoon Men
  • Author: Anthony Powell
  • ISBN: 9781557132840
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Afternoon Men”

    1. I first heard about Afternoon Men when I stumbled upon an online review that described the book as "the funniest book you will ever read." A few of my favorite books we pretty damn funny (A Confederacy of Dunces, Catch 22, most Vonnegut books) so I figured this book was worth reading. I picked up this book not really knowing what to expect other than it should be funny. It was an engaging, quick, read despite the fact that nothing really happens for most of the book. I finished the book liking i [...]

    2. A very funny book in which absolutely nothing happens. I read some criticism of it while reading up on literature of the 1930s and thought it sounded unbelievably bleak, but somehow I was amused rather than depressed. The characters want very little, do even less, and even the climactic bits are entirely anti-climactic -- very telling in a novel from 1931.

    3. Powell's first novel differs in tone from his Dance cycle. The social milieu is much the same; intellectuals and artists float about between depressing parties and country houses. And the plot is again cyclical; while that character was created through metaphor and imagery in Dance, here it is simply the fact that the first and last scenes occur in a private club and conclude with an invitation to a party. The mood is much bleaker, however. The protagonist seems to have no purpose or real enjoym [...]

    4. Posh people do nothing very slowly. So why do I love this book? I really don't know, but it really is a gem. Now I want to read everything else he wrote.

    5. Afternoon Men was Anthony Powell's first novel and was published in 1931 when Powell was only 26 years old. I found this copy in a secondhand bookshop when I was reading his twelve-volume series of novels, A Dance to the Music of Time. It's a fun book and will certainly be of interest to anyone that has read Dance as the style and structure of the book is so similar to his later work. The book has little plot and instead concentrates on characters and the dialogue between the many characters, wh [...]

    6. The more I re-read Powell, the more I appreciate the subtlety of the humour. A classic from this first of his novels is the comment that a man passed out drunk at a party doesn’t lower the tone of the party as much as he did while still conscious. It is dry humour at its most Saharan, but very enjoyable.

    7. I found this book at a used book store in Minneapolis. Anthony Powell is one of my favorite writers, so I bought it. I think it was one of his earlier books, published in 1931. Just finished it. I liked it, of course. The dry wit, the recording of conversations -- you want to read more and more (and if you do, there's always his massive "Dance to the Music of Time." The protagonist's love affair reminded me of one I had in college, where you couldn't seem to find a way to where you wanted to go. [...]

    8. MehUn libro frivolo. Non appassionante. Non coinvolgente. Primo che leggo dell'autore, e temo mi abbia un poco fatto passare la voglia di leggere il resto, nonostante tutti dicano sia un grande scrittore.Penso sia l'opera a non essere all'altezza del resto. Quindi si, gli daremo un' altra chance. Tra un po'

    9. Most people who reviewed this book on found more in it than I did. Typically I'm drawn to books where very little happens and what does happen has to be parsed from elliptical clues. However, I felt this particular story lacked bite. You have a mildly unappealing set of characters, who dabble in painting, work in a museum, or have a private income. Although they don't care much about each other, and sleep with whoever is at hand indiscriminately, they form a tight-knit coterie, hang about the s [...]

    10. Afternoon Men is written nearly wall-to-wall with dialogue, such that you have to piece together what's actually happening from the bits and pieces you overhear. Characters speak in understatements and half-truths, so it can take some getting used to. But the characters and the book are so clever-- I wanted them to be my clever friends, although I'm sure some people will find them awfully tedious. There aren't many sympathetic characters, and Powell doesn't give away any of their emotional depth [...]

    11. It's impressive how much mileage this guy can get out of a hardly-rollicking plotline and page after page of banal dialog. It shouldn't work, and yet it's absorbing and darkly funny and even kind of deep for those of us who like to ascribe depth to things that look on the surface like nothing has happened.Also, this is an extremely quick read, ideal for someone halfway through a brick-like book she's too busy to concentrate on but still wanting to actually finally read something start to finish. [...]

    12. This is a good book, it is funny and it is well written. But I can only give a 3 because there is plenty here to annoy. The characters are all dreadful (cynical, a satire, whatever) and seem hardly worth the effort of getting to know. They, or the author, are shocking snobs. Any working person is usually presented as slovenly, or stupid and certainly not 'people like us'. The language in the novel is old fashioned even for the time, it can only seek to exclude. I can't give it less than 3 becaus [...]

    13. This is a very slight, but mildly entertaining novel. For readers of Powell's masterpiece, A Dance to the Music of Time, it will be seen as a much lesser work that is still of some interest. Although the tone of the novel is quite different from the twelve novel series that comprise A Dance, the characters portrayed and the social situations are all rather familiar and evoke that world. This first novel of his is no place to start an acquaintance with Powell, but provides some satisfaction to th [...]

    14. Powell's novel is funny and cynical. His characters will not arouse any sympathy from the reader, however you cannot put this book down. The chapter when the characters argue about the appropriateness of having lunch when you know your host just committed suicide is hysterical, and having the hero pretend to have only a little to eat to fein compassion is never-seen. The characters are unpleasant but they are true, they are selfish but we understand why. That's all I was asking from Powell.

    15. A pointless book about pointless people. I realize it's a satire something something modern attitudes something something, and it is well-written and witty, but it's still fairly pointless. Maybe some of Powell's other books involve more interesting people.

    16. Absolutely brilliant. Dull, banal young things and artist manques sauntering through the 1930's Wasteland of Evelyn Waugh. Permeated with ennui and delicious irony. Snatches of phatic conversations redolent of Elliot. A map of a certain seedy class's cultural mindset.

    17. Sort of a cross between The Importance of Being Earnest and Waiting for Godot. Clever at times, but not often, and the satire seemed overdone.

    18. 1930s between the wars Britain. People doing nothing. Kind of a written pre-Seinfeld. The characters were simultaneously engaging and insipid. They were all probably killed in the Blitz.

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