'O, HOW THE WHEEL BECOMES IT!'

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Sometime novelist and critic, now literary hack and occasional lecturer at provincial universities, Geoffrey Shadbold has long rested on the laurels of what was once a promising career. But when he is invited on to a TV chat show, and asked to give his views on love and sex, the wheel is come full circle when the past rolls awkwardly into the present.

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ANTHONY POWELL was born in 1905. After working in publishing and as a scriptwriter, he began to write for the Daily Telegraph in the mid-1930s. He served in the army during World War II and subsequently became the fiction reviewer on the TLS. Next came five years as literary editor of Punch. He was appointed a Companion of Honour in 1988. In addition to the twelve-novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powell was the author of seven other novels, and four volumes of memoirs, To Keep the Ball Rolling. He died in March 2000.

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“A superlative new short novel, a satirical zinger. . . . O, How the Wheel Becomes It! is a distillation of all that is inimitable about its author—deflation of high seriousness and the pursuit of esteem at the expense of others, achieved with rigorous understatement; a wryness that is never mocking or arch; and a sense of pathos just offstage.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Powell has always dealt beautifully with the vagaries of the sexual imagination. . . . A treat for the many Powell addicts.” (Allan Massie Scotsman (UK))

“Powell’s observations of human behavior are as sharp, his ear for conversation as devastatingly accurate, his wit as trenchant, as they ever were.” (Susan Hill Daily Telegraph (UK))

“The unmatched serenity of Powell’s humor is the product of a classical perspective: confident that the more obvious verities of life do not change much, he refuses to wring his hands at the decadence of the age, contenting himself with the sheer spectacle of human excess.” (David Heim New Republic)

“There is no other . . . British novelist whose sense of social nuance is so delicate or so subtle, or whose comic range is so wide. . . . And there is certainly no other novelist whose work gives so much or such consistent pleasure.” (Times Literary Supplement (UK))

“One of his cleverest, funniest, and most delightful books.” (A. N. Wilson)

“Powell excels at the long arc. . . . For those not yet ready to tackle Dance, Wheel is a work of the mature Powell, very sensitive to those unforeseen changes in fortune or circumstance that occur throughout life and which give the book its title.” (Gerald J. Russello The Millions)

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