A Handful of Dust

Arau, Anthony
April 1956
New Republic;4/2/56, Vol. 134 Issue 14, p19
The article focuses on the book "The Acceptance World," by Anthony Powell. Powell is nervously concerned with the decay of Great Britain's once-solid upper-middleclass, in whose decline he discovers the cause of much of Britain's current illness. In the book, he pursues the futilities of life among a menagerie of decidedly down-on-their uppers young Britons during the early years of the Great Depression. The world to which the title refers is the financial district of London during the thirties, where banking houses made capital loans to distressed businesses on the basis of theoretically deliverable goods. Powell indicates that the characters in his novel live in a spiritually depleted world of their own.


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