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Colin MacInnes (1914–1976)

Teoksen Absolute Beginners tekijä

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Tekijän teokset

Absolute Beginners (1959) 568 kappaletta, 19 arvostelua
Patakaupunki (1957) 176 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Mr. Love and Justice (1960) 128 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The London Novels (1969) 88 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Australia and New Zealand (1964) 70 kappaletta
England, Half English (1961) 42 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Westward to Laughter (1969) 30 kappaletta
Three years to play (1970) 28 kappaletta
June in Her Spring (1952) 27 kappaletta
To the Victors the Spoils (1950) 21 kappaletta
All Day Saturday (1974) 13 kappaletta
Sweet Saturday night (1967) 10 kappaletta
Sidney Nolan (1961) 10 kappaletta
London: City of Any Dream (1965) 5 kappaletta
Out of the Garden (1974) 4 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Out of the Way Later Essays (1979) 3 kappaletta
MacInnes Colin 1 kappale

Associated Works

Absolute Beginners [1986 film] (1986) — Original novel — 25 kappaletta
OZ 44, September 1972 (1972) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
London OZ 1 (1967) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
London OZ 3 (1967) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Kanoninen nimi
MacInnes, Colin
Muut nimet
McInnes, Colin (birth)
Thirkell, Colin (childhood)
UK (birth)
Australia (passport)
Maa (karttaa varten)
London, England, UK
London, England, UK (birth)
London Polytechnic
School of Drawing and Painting, Euston Road, London, UK
McInnes, James Campbell (father)
Thirkell, Angela (mother)
Kipling, Rudyard (cousin)
Baldwin, Stanley (cousin)
Thirkell, Lance (half brother)
McInnes, Graham (brother) (näytä kaikki 7)
Burne-Jones, Edward (great-grandfather)
BBC Radio
British Army (WWII)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Son of singer Joseph Campbell McInnes and novelist Angela Thirkell, Colin MacInnes was born in London, raised in Australia, and returned to England in 1930. He served the UK in WWII, after which he wrote his first novel, To the Victor the Spoils, and worked for BBC Radio until he could earn a living writing.

He was openly bisexual, and though obviously in love with the city of London, remained relatively realistic about urban life. This is reflected in his writing, which often addresses race relations of the day, urban squalor, and includes frank and realistic depictions of gay and lesbian characters.



1914: Colin MacInnes - Resources and General Discussion, Literary Centennials (helmikuu 2015)


That was fairly good. It starts off well, told from the point of view of two main characters, a nigerian student in london for a year of study and a newly appointed colonial welfare officer.
The coloured community of 1950s london is a pretty unique setting. As well as nigerians you have gambians, people from trinidad and other caribbean islands, and a number of americans usually visitors, GIs or showbiz types.

However after the initial setup things become a bit episodic or sporadic might be a better descriptor. With its variety of characters it reminds me a lot of [a:Evelyn Waugh|11315|Evelyn Waugh|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1357463949p2/11315.jpg], except not funny, then again i don't usually find his stuff all that funny either :P .
Like Waughs novels, by the end there arn't really any likable characters or over-arcing plot, its more just a series of incidents.
The main nigerian character probably comes off the worst until you remember he's 18, which pretty conclusively explains if not entirely excuses his actions ;) .
The book is about race but not really racism. Its surprisingly light on the racism for 1950s but mostly because there are only a few white characters and they're mostly of the very liberal type.

By the end the whole thing just feels a bit slight. Fun and interesting enough but a bit thin.
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wreade1872 | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 28, 2021 |
Energetic and well-written account of youthful mucking-about in London of the 1950s. London then, like any big city any time, offers freedom from conformism and constraints, a stage for self-expression and self-discovery, and a crew of charismatic chancers. This time also has milk bars and music, beatniks with their now-weird cool slang, and some, thankfully also now dated, race riots, as indeed did occur in 1958 in Notting Hill, then still solidly working class. Echoes of James Dean and somehow of Dean Moriarty.… (lisätietoja)
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eglinton | 18 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 22, 2020 |
A bit of just not quite stream of conscious as we follow the just turning 19 year old aspiring photographer and jazz lover around 1959 London. It is a bit of a critique of the people and a paean to the city as it should aspire to be. The mixed maturity level of the main character isn't quite realistic, but does convey what a liberal of the time hope he would be. It's a fun trip.
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quondame | 18 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 8, 2019 |
In these novels MacInnes strikes me as an aspiring anthropologist, impressing us with his observations of British blacks, prostitutes and pimps, and postwar British teenagers. Plots are razor-thin, and when they are not enough to display his insider information, his characters have unlikely discussions about British immigration policy, the relative merits of appearing before a magistrate and a judge, how police entrap gay men in bathrooms, and even the Wolfenden report. On the plus side, MacInnes has a gift for visual description, and an ear for the many dialects of London. Characters' names are particularly inventive. The nerdy narrator of Absolute Beginners is not a very convincing working class teenager, but his celebration of London is always engaging. I assume that the high critical regard in which these novels are held reflects their value as records of a vanished London. The account of the Brixton Riots which closes Absolute Beginners is probably a unique contemporary record of its type.… (lisätietoja)
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booksaplenty1949 | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 3, 2019 |



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