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Anglo-Saxon Attitudes por Angus Wilson
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Anglo-Saxon Attitudes (original 1956; edición 1994)

por Angus Wilson

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'Angus Wilson is one of the most enjoyable novelists of the 20th century ... Anglo-Saxon Attitudes (1956) analyses a wide range of British society in a complicated plot that offers all the pleasures of detective fiction combined with a steady and humane insight.' Margaret Drabble First published in 1956, Anglo-Saxon Attitudes draws upon perhaps the most famous archaeological hoax in history: the 'Piltdown Man', finally exposed in 1953. The novel's protagonist is Gerald Middleton, professor of early medieval history and taciturn creature of habit. Separated from his Swedish wife, Gerald is increasingly conscious of his failings. Moreover, some years ago he was involved in an excavation that led to the discovery of a grotesque idol in the tomb of Bishop Eorpwald. The sole survivor of the original excavation party, Gerald harbours a potentially ruinous secret ...… (más)
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Título:Anglo-Saxon Attitudes
Autores:Angus Wilson
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (1994), Paperback, 352 pages
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Etiquetas:Bibliothèque Universitaire d'Angers (France)

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Wilson's second novel brings together a large, complicated cast of multiply-interconnected characters (so complicated that he apparently felt it necessary to include a dramatis personae before Chapter One), with at their centre the middle-aged, middlingly successful, medievalist, Professor Gerald Middleton.

Forty years ago, on the eve of the Great War, Middleton's teacher, the late Professor Stokesay, had made a sensational find in the Suffolk tomb of an Anglo-Saxon bishop. Once seen as an isolated freak, new archaeological work on Heligoland (!) is now starting to persuade scholars that Stokesay's discovery might be part of a significant pattern. Middleton has reason to suspect that the pagan idol found in the bishop's tomb was planted there as a twisted practical joke by Stokesay's son, since killed in the war, but has never felt it appropriate to cause trouble by saying anything. Should he do so now?

At the same time, Middleton finds himself in possession of various confidences relating to his own family, with similar dilemmas attached to them...

A darkly-funny, morally-complex tale, with no real daylight at the end of it, but a lot of entertaining little jabs at the scholarly world and its eccentricities, and insights into 1950s English (bourgeois) society. Plenty of gay characters, but they are still mostly pushed into obscure corners of the plot and their lives are made to seem furtive and shady to the remaining characters: this isn't the brave new world of Mrs Eliot. Not quite yet, anyway. ( )
  thorold | Apr 24, 2019 |
An awfully good book, held back to 4 stars because I wasn't emotionally engaged (when compared to the somewhat similar John Irving, Charles Dickens, or Robertson Davies--it's that kind of book). A very large cast (dauntingly large at first, but eventually you work out that everyone knows everyone else, and what those relationships are, and the book narrows its focus to a particular person/family and you realise who are the leads and who are the supports).

Not as funny as I was expecting--really, not funny at all, or at least not in the way where I would tell others "it's so funny!" because it's not. It's a slightly satiric soap-opera. I was particularly surprised by the openness with which characters' homosexuality, adultery, etc., was dealt with (I suppose books from the time period aren't necessarily as chaste as the movies/tv from then!) so that's also a mark in its favour. ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Sep 19, 2018 |
Unfortunately, I think you'd have to be pretty well versed in mid-20th century English academic and political culture to catch all that Wilson put into this lampoon. It's not on the surface silly, but you know jokes are being set up. The writing is fine, but the subject gets tedious if you're not in on the jokes. ( )
  Osbaldistone | Apr 25, 2018 |
An archaeological fraud has repercussions through three generations.
  ivanfranko | Aug 6, 2016 |
Wonderful complexity and richness of character. To sum up in a phrase: archeological excavation uncovers adultery. The dig serves as a background for all the whacky escapades and [I suppose] must provide some kind of metaphor. Mix the pagan phallic effigies in with that unreliable central character - it is an unpretentious yet thrilling Wilson (at his best). ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
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'What curious attitudes he goes into!'
'Not at all,' said the King. 'He's an Anglo-Saxon Messenger - and those are Anglo-Saxon attitudes. He only does them when he's happy.'
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'Angus Wilson is one of the most enjoyable novelists of the 20th century ... Anglo-Saxon Attitudes (1956) analyses a wide range of British society in a complicated plot that offers all the pleasures of detective fiction combined with a steady and humane insight.' Margaret Drabble First published in 1956, Anglo-Saxon Attitudes draws upon perhaps the most famous archaeological hoax in history: the 'Piltdown Man', finally exposed in 1953. The novel's protagonist is Gerald Middleton, professor of early medieval history and taciturn creature of habit. Separated from his Swedish wife, Gerald is increasingly conscious of his failings. Moreover, some years ago he was involved in an excavation that led to the discovery of a grotesque idol in the tomb of Bishop Eorpwald. The sole survivor of the original excavation party, Gerald harbours a potentially ruinous secret ...

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