By Malcolm Bradbury
After spending a 12 months educating in an American college within the Fifties, Malcolm Bradbury lower back to England in basic terms to achieve that his local kingdom had develop into approximately as mystifying to him because the American Midwest. As Britain marched towards a brand new decade, a lot of the rustic used to be altering inexorably, its agrarian earlier paved over via suburban builders, its quiet traditionalism changed through beehive hairdos and glossy, glass-walled workplace structures. And so, to confront this curious second in British heritage, Bradbury grew to become to the sharpest instrument in his arsenal: humor. In All Dressed Up and Nowhere to move, he writes of a rustic balancing precariously at the boundary of 2 worlds, with the wry wit and keenly observant eye that experience made him one of many 20th century’s maximum satirists.
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