O, how the Wheel Becomes It!
Fiction. Reprint. The great British writer's penultimate fiction returns us to the satiric wit of his early novels, Afternoon Men, What's Become of Waring and From a View to a Death. Having completed his great twelve volume A Dance to the Music of Time, Powell tells the story in O, HOW THE WHEEL BECOMES IT! of a British literary celebrity who is not an important writer, is no great personality, and certainly is no cause for celebration of the human species. G.F.H. Shadbold, a lifelong poseur and literary manque, lives, for the most part, in fear of discovery. A friend, Cedric Winterwarde, who Shadbold evidently seduced in his college days, writes a novel almost as insignificant and badly written as Shadbold's own literary output. As time passes, however, and the "friend" is killed in the army, Winterwade's novel begins to be rediscovered while Shadbold's work remains ignored. The discovery that Winterwade has penned a journal sets the stage for a hilarious series of events, ending in Shadbold's justifiable downfall from grace as he discovers that his friend has revealed not only Shadbold's sexual indsicretions, but has described his own affair with a woman with whom Shadbold had been in love.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
There's a pretty big difference between this and Powell's 'A Dance to the Music of Time.' DMT is enormous, and this is short; DMT is fantastic, and this is okay. On the other hand, they both deal with the strange break between the early to mid twentieth century and the last decades of it, so it's in some ways not so different. If you liked the last volume of DMT, I would definitely recommend this; and this would be a reasonable place to start, to see if you want to make the investment in the series. As a stand alone book, it's okay; the start is incredibly confusing, but after the first few chapters it settles into nice prose. A quick, funny read.
Review: O, How the Wheel Becomes It!User Review - Nick Tramdack - Goodreads
I read this novella on the recommendation of fellow library employee and UChicago 2007 alum Ben Nelson. I had always intended to tackle Powell's "A Dance to the Music of Time" and this seemed like a ... Read full review