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Ill can t imagine being done IN SERIOUS LITERATURE THIS IS ABSOLUTELY serious literature This is absolutely hidden gem of American lit I think you should read it and see what I mean What a refreshing change to read something so vastly different rom anything written nowadays Yes this book is extremely dated totally immersed in the

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and outlook the 1920s but that s much of its charm And what a delightfully bizarre menagerie of exotic characters Wilder has presented here So strange and unbelievable are they that I doubt he could have just imagined them truth being stranger than White Water fiction They must have really existed if not individually then organically as composites the last remaining artifacts left behindollowing the destruction of empires in The Great War Apart rom their shared connection to a bygone world they each possess some uniue attribute that makes them exceptional and intriguingWilder draws a parallel between these displaced characters and the demise of the gods of classical antiuity after they too were swept away by the rise of ChristianityWilder s wickedly satiric humour skillfully sends up the absurdities and ridiculous conceits of his protagonists yet he does so in a kind manner because at heart he loves them or their eccentricity and we share his sorrow at their ultimate demiseReading this short novel I was struck by the act that Wilder himself also represents a bygone era one where an education in the classics was considered mainstream. A semiautobiographical novel of unforgettable characters and human passions launched Wilder's career as a celebrated storyteller and dramatist. .

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Wilder s irst novel written At Age 26 After He age 26 after he spent a year at the American school in Rome A portrait of bored and decadent aristocracy in Rome between the wars Characters drawn in great detail but somehow they never came alive or me The tone of the narrator is irritating a very young man trying very hard to persuade the reader of his immense erudition by describing all the art and artists he encounters with barely concealed condescension But then in what amounts to an afterword entitled The Dusk of the Gods we are given the suggestion that all the characters we have seen are the worn out incarnations of ancient Roman deities and that the narrator himself is the incarnation of Mercury the The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History founder of language and elouence and also the guide of souls to the underworld Suddenly all that has gone before becomes enlarged And there is a beautiful evocation of Virgil s poetry in a long description of nightfall on the Mediterranean as the narrator sails awayrom Rome on his way back to America Gloom at the Top A polite New Englander somehow penetrates a top hat society of aristocrats pale poets and princesses and Cardinals in Rome who are really hapless caught orever in the coils of wealth and privilege able to escape daily toil but not vacuity They are rather ironically known as the Cabala Note this book has nothing to do with Jewish mysticism Nothing Our narrator describes a series of Cabala members individually and we learn how they ar. A young American student spends a year in the exotic world of post World War I Rome While there he experiences irsthand the waning days of ,

The CabalaE connected Having money is tough you know You wind up having to keep the hoi polloi away "From The Gates But They "the gates But they might get in So best bring back kings divine right and the Almighty Church How Are You Going How are you going do that Don t let them catch wind of it Well you might A World on Fire form a secret group of the best people ie richest and most conservative and talk incessantly so seriously unserious Whether they have really created such a group is doubtful The word cabala ties them together in our imaginations THE CABALA was Wilder sirst novel It shows promise but it shows He went on to become a most worthy novelist and playwright It is ull of wryly humorous ironic portraits of this group or cabal of mostly non Italian Socialites While Vaguely Admiring Of Their Physical while vaguely admiring of their physical the palaces the villas the accoutrements I wouldn t call this the best novel I ve ever read but it is a airly charming period piece rom a time that was already over when it was written Ironic and self ironic unapologetically literary urbane and heady Reads or the most part like Woolf or Forster occasionally reaching wry delights When the bourgeoisie discovered that she was accepting invitations there was a tumult as of many watersThis is a book where you get the 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate feeling that the trees as it were are important than theorest And then after weaving this glittering verbal spell the story pounces The Oxford New Greek Dictionary from behind it andlexes does things that I not only haven t seen done but st. Secret community a cabala of decaying royalty a great cardinal of the Roman Church and an assortment of memorable American ex pats The Cabala. ,

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