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Monday, July 20, 2015

The Revenge For Love (1937) by Wyndham Lewis


Book Review
The Revenge For Love (1937)
by Wyndham Lewis
(AMAZON)

     Ultimately, Wyndham Lewis' most memorable excursions into fiction are his satires.  This book and The Apes of God (1930) are the two titles that best exemplify his dark explorations of the modes and mores of 1930s English "bright young things."  Like many thoughtful writers of the 1930s, Lewis explored Communism, Fascism and the similarities between the two in the context of the times.  This "context" were the tumultuous events between the Great Depression and World War II, with a heavy emphasis on the Spanish Civil War and fashionable London.

  Whether a reader is interested in the bright young things of London in the 1930s is very much a matter of personal taste.  Personally, I take interest in all 20th century avant gardes, but the English are at the top of the list in terms of just the level of documentation via the number of authors who were writing about the same smallish group of people.  Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Wyndham Lewis all traversed a social set that couldn't have been more than a thousand or so individuals.

 

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