Absolute Beginners

Absolute Beginners

by Colin MacInnes

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ISBN-13: 9780749009984
Publisher: Allison & Busby, Limited
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 75
Sales rank: 546,641
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

COLIN MACINNES (1914-76), son of novelist Angela Thirkell, cousin of Stanley Baldwin and Rudyard Kipling, grandson of Burne-Jones, was brought up in Australia but lived most of his life in London about which he wrote with a warts-and-all relish that earned him a reputation as the literary Hogarth of his day. Bisexual, outsider, champion of youth, ‘pale-pink’ friend of Black Londoners and chronicler of English life, MacInnes described himself as ‘a very nosy person’ who ‘found adultery in Hampstead indescribably dull’ and was much more at home in the coffee bars and jazz clubs of Soho and Notting Hill. A talented off-beat journalist and social observer, he is best known for his three London novels, City of Spades, Absolute Beginners and Mr Love and Justice. MacInnes died of cancer in 1976.

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Absolute Beginners 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
polarbear123 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A classic and rightly so. It's in the same league as the Catcher in the Rye and similar too in many ways. Yes the characters are transient but so are people in real life- friends are transient and the people that we know, we pick apart and examine through our own eyes and mind. The main character here has some shrewd observations on the development of London, generational differences, the economy and the disappearance of British culture and in a sense reason. Yes it is a look through the some might say naive eyes of a teenager but then the clue is in the title. This book brings a town alive in a very real sense. Every encounter we read about has something to show us about its people or nature and the book never outstays its welcome. An excruciatingly engaging read!
AdonisGuilfoyle on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A subtle, wry contemporary take on late 1950s London. The unnamed narrator casually observes life around him for most of the book, until the political, social and personal reality of the time and place hit him - and the reader - in the last chapters. MacInnes has an unnerving knack of covering light and dark in the same mocking, objective voice, so that the emotions behind events are all the more powerful when unravelled from the narrator's point of view; I was nearly brought to tears at one point, and the racial tension is staggering. A smart, thoughtful snapshot of twentieth century England, that still applies today, and I particularly have to agree with the psychology of drivers ...