By Kingsley Amis
The hero of One fats Englishman, a literary writer and lapsed Catholic escaped from the pages of Graham Greene to the campus of Budweiser collage in provincial Pennsylvania, is philandering, drunken, bigoted, and extremely very fats, let alone in a country of continuing spluttering rage opposed to every thing, no longer least his personal overgrown self. In the USA, Roger Micheldene needs to care for no longer so obliging suburban housewives, aspiring Jewish novelists who pretty much as good as fresh his clock, stray deer, undesirable cigars, young ones who beat him at Scrabble (“It used to be no ask yourself that individuals have been terrible once they all started lifestyles as children”), and the United States itself, whereas making ever-more determined and humiliating overtures to Helen, a Scandinavian ice queen. If purely Roger might dare to teach a few actual feeling of his personal. This comedian masterpiece—about the Fifties crashing drunkenly into the consumerist Nineteen Sixties and a last scion of a disintegrating previous international empire encountering its upstart New global offspring—is one among Kingsley Amis’s maximum and such a lot caustic performances.
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Je le connais très bien. Mais vous n’êtes pas de Barbazac ? - J’habite chez mon oncle. - Je ne vous ai jamais rencontrée... LA FEMME DE JEAN BARNERY 31 - C’est mon premier bal ! votre premier bal ! J’aurais dû m’en douter. I1 y a en vous quelque chose de si neuf. une telle joie I - J’ai ... surtout peur de ma gaucherie 11 parut réfléchir et son visage morne aux traits si durs s’éclaira d’une expression tendre, fougueuse, enfantine : - Cette gaucherie... l’indécision de tout ce qui commence...
Là-bas dans le salon bleu ... - Non, je ne veux pas. - Soyez gentille:... Vous n’allez pas me refuser Elle s’enfuit à travers le hall, perdant sa direction comme dans une brume, croyant que son tumulte intérieur se manifestait à tous par un désordre de sa robe, de ses cheveux, de ses gestes. Dans le vestiaire des dames où un grand miroir ovale était illuminé, elle trouva un refuge. Les femmes de chambre sommeillaient dans une pièce voisine. Pauline Ôta ses gants et s’assit devant la coiffeuse, sans se regarder; les coudes appuyés, elle: cacha ses yeux dans ses mains froides, sans penser, sans rien sentir que la gêne de sa respiration bridée.
Elle était montée à la tribune du temple, où des jeunes filles entouraient le pasteur assis devant l’harmonium. Une lampe éclairait son visage immobile; la lumière à hauteur des yeux accusait la dureté de son regard. s forêts. 8 Alors Mlle Bertin lança une éclatante fausse note et le regard moqueur de Pauline rencontra les yeux souriants de Jean Barnery. Lorsque Pauline se rappelait ce coup d‘ceil malicieux ... ... ... ... LA FEMME DE JEAN BARNERY 39 de Jean jeté vers elle, et qui fut le commencement de leur amitié, elle voyait distinctement son visage.