Angel Pavement

Angel Pavement What Do They Call This Street Angel Pavement, Isn T It That S A Dam Queer Name For A Street, Though I Ve Known Queerer Names In My Time Golspie.Tucked Away In The City Of London, Lies A Dingy, Almost Forgotten Side Street Known As Angel Pavement Here Can Be Found The Headquarters Of Twigg Dersingham, Suppliers Of Veneers And Inlays To The Furniture Trade Business Is Slow And The Staff Struggle Against A Tide Of Growing Competition, Rising Prices And Recession Into Their Midst Descends The Mysterious And Charming Mr Golspie And The Promise Of A Brighter Future Be Sure, Life Will Never Be The Same Again For All Those Concerned With The Firmthe Likes Of Herbert Norman Smeeth, The Cashier Harold Turgis, The Clerk Lilian Matfield, The Secretary Typist And The Boss, Howard Bromport Dersingham Angel Pavement Is One Of The Great London Novels A Vivid Evocation Of The Sprawling And Crowded Metropolis During The Era Of The Painful Depression Of The Inter War Years It Is Also A Splendidly Perceptive Examination Of What Happens To A Small Group Of Office Staff When The Destructive Force Of A Rapacious Financial Predator Is Unleashed Among Them.This Is J.B Priestley At His Bestindeed Most Critics Agree That Angel Pavement Was His Finest Novel, With Only Bright Day A Near Contender It Arrived Just After The Huge Success Of The Good Companions, And, Though It Is Darker Than The Delightful Earlier Novel, It Proved Just As Popularand Probably Significant.Great Northern Books Of Ilkley Have Been Bringing Out New Editions Of A Number Of Priestley S Works, And That Angel Pavement Was The Choice In 2012 Proved A Source Of Pleasure To All Priestley Fansand, Hopefully, The Availability Of The Novel Once Again Will Help New Readers Discover The Unique Style And Magic Of Priestley. I have just re read Angel Pavement for the first time inthan 40 years, and I am delighted that I was encouraged to do so following the re issue of this classic by Great Northern Books at 9.99 the new paperback edition is excellent value I know I was impressed when I first read it as a young man sometime in the 1960s, but I couldn t honestly recall exactly why, or say that I remembered too much about the story and so it was an enjoyable experience to rediscover this excellent novel a I have just re read Angel Pavement for the first time inthan 40 years, and I am delighted that I was encouraged to do so following the re issue of this classic by Great Northern Books at 9.99 the new paperback edition is excellent v
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler This is an unusual book with sections in it that were like long passages in the Pinter Beckett Ionesco school of thought Ponderous descriptions but I loved the detail, many wouldn t, unused to the absurd Good story, a con man totally messes up an odd li
,, , ,,, , ,,,,,, ,, , ,,,20 The whole time I was reading the book, I was thinking how suitable it is for mini series As it turns out, there are 2 of them one from the 50s and one from the 60s unfortunately nowhere to be found for downloading So, if you re hooked on British period dramas, looking not so much for good dramatic plot, but for a fine depiction of everyd
This has no real tricks up its sleeve, but draws the reader nonetheless We have what amounts to a large cast Dickens or Trollope outing, complete with competing narrative threads and class discordance This begins much as all London novels do in the swirl of life being lived, the just manageable chaos driven by commerce and urbanism unbound and somehow manages to narrow down to separate characters by the early chapters And great characters, in large part because of their un remarkableness This has no real tricks up its sleeve, but draws the reader nonetheless We have what amounts to a large cast Dickens or Trollope outing, complete with competing narrative threads and class discordance This begins much as all London novels do in the swirl of life being lived, the just manageable chaos driven by commerce and urbanism unbound and somehow manages to narrow down to
A tale of common life experience, of fantasies and fears coming true.I appreciated this book farthe second time I read it because I sawin it At first, I felt that Priestley was giving way too much information about his characters, but by the end of the book it had dawned on me that he was writing about fundamental lessons in life that we can all relate to and, in order to do that, he needed to give the reader a thorough look into the hearts and minds of his characters The focus of A tale of common life experience, of fantasies and fears coming true.I appreciated this book farthe second time I read it because I sawin it At first,
A good book, rather sad overall A study of the employees in a small London office, all leading lives of quiet desperation In comes a rather charismatic and piratical figure, and his daughter and everyone s life is affected It s pretty
Reminded me of Norman Collins London Belongs To Me Both could be described as soap operas but none the worse for that A must read for anyone interested in London and London working life that has mostly disappeared for ever. Truly one of the great London books of 20th Century Not very cheerful, I m afraid, but well written Take your time with this one