Alms For Oblivion Volume II

'Each of the novels in Alms for Oblivion is an elegant morality tale, beautifully composed, sparkling with appreciation of the sheer limitless variety of human wickedness' TLS Simon Raven's sequence of colourful and funny novels about the ...

Author: Simon Raven

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448181797

Category: Fiction

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'Each of the novels in Alms for Oblivion is an elegant morality tale, beautifully composed, sparkling with appreciation of the sheer limitless variety of human wickedness' TLS Simon Raven's sequence of colourful and funny novels about the English upper-class misbehaving continues against a backdrop of intrigue in Athens, radicalism in Cambridge, turmoil in India and movie-making in Corfu. Dazzlingly witty and thoroughly depraved, Raven's world is also a dark mirror to our times - one that is sure to make you blush, shriek, laugh out loud and always read on. Volume 2: The Judas Boy, Places Where they Sing, Sound the Retreat and Come Like Shadows 'The Alms for Oblivion series steers its way its stylish course somewhere between Fleming and Waugh' Guardian

Alms For Oblivion Volume III

But Simon Raven's achievement and the conflicted, colourful or uniquely vile characters he created are not easily forgotten after the last page is turned.

Author: Simon Raven

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446485491

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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'Brisk, bawdy and reckless' Evening Standard 'A freak writer, he defies classification. In wilder moments he suggests a loose, lunatic collaboration of Trollope, Ouida and Waugh' Observer The Alms for Oblivion sequence - an extraordinary series of murders, suicides, affairs, fighting, fires and at least one explosion, blackmail, gambling, illness, madness, lots of parties and plenty of sex - draws to a close with two novels about death and retribution. But Simon Raven's achievement and the conflicted, colourful or uniquely vile characters he created are not easily forgotten after the last page is turned. Volume III includes Bring Forth the Body and The Survivors 'There are some people who consider the greatest cycle of twentieth-century novels to be Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time. These people are wrong. Widmerpool and his joyless accomplices are as nothing compared to the characters in Simon Raven's majestic, scurrilous and scabrous Alms for Oblivion cycle' Guardian

Alms For Oblivion Volume I

In the first four novels Raven's wayward band of upper-class anti-heroes lurch from debauched parties to rehearsals for nuclear war; from blackmail to murder; from marriage to adultery and back again.

Author: Simon Raven

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448181780

Category: Fiction

Page: 896

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'Cracking entertainment... Dangerously, deliciously addictive' Daily Telegraph '[Raven is] a freak writer, he defies classification. In wilder moments he suggests a loose, lunatic collaboration of Trollope, Ouida and Waugh' Observer Enter Alms for Oblivion, Simon Raven's dazzling cycle of ten novels, all telling separate stories but at the same time linked together by the characters they have in common: schoolboys and businessmen, writers and soldiers, prostitutes and patient wives, actresses and models. In the first four novels Raven's wayward band of upper-class anti-heroes lurch from debauched parties to rehearsals for nuclear war; from blackmail to murder; from marriage to adultery and back again. Volume 1: The Rich Pay Late, Friends in Low Places, The Sabre Squadron and Fielding Gray 'There are some people who consider the greatest cycle of twentieth-century novels to be Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time. These people are wrong. Widmerpool and his joyless accomplices are as nothing compared to the characters in Simon Raven's majestic, scurrilous and scabrous Alms for Oblivion cycle' Guardian

Fielding Gray

"The lead novel in Raven's ''Alms for Oblivion'' sequence (there are ten in all), this very English tale is set in 1945 and perpetuates the image of the public school as a haven for upper-class snobbery and other more earthly vices.

Author: Simon Raven

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ISBN: UOM:39015000607898

Category: England

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"The lead novel in Raven's ''Alms for Oblivion'' sequence (there are ten in all), this very English tale is set in 1945 and perpetuates the image of the public school as a haven for upper-class snobbery and other more earthly vices. Intelligent and popular, Fielding Gray likes to play the role of romantic pagan, in many respects a charming persona, but one which inevitably leads to conflict with the forces of convention. His rather careless seduction of another student sets off a chain of events with tragic consequences that alter the course of his life. The tale is not offered, however, as a defense of conventional morality. Indeed, many of its representatives are less than appealing, eager to use the tragedy for their own ends. Urbane and exhibiting an occasional flash of wit reminiscent of Waugh, it is a work that should appeal to most Anglophiles."--fantasticfiction.com.