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The ascent of F6: a tragedy in two acts

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Hardcover, Second edition
Published 1937 by Faber and Faber (first published 1936)
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Richard Jespers
Jan 12, 2016 Richard Jespers rated it really liked it
After having taken in so much of Isherwood’s material, I feel strange reading a collaboration between him and Auden. Whose idea belongs to whom? Where do the words of one author pick up and words of another leave off? The allegory seeming somewhat dated, would anyone produce it today?

The main character, Michael Ransom, succumbs to his mother's persuasion and his brother James’s support, and leads an expedition up F6, a mountain peak on the border between Britain and a fictitious nation of Ostnia
Apr 13, 2016 Dan rated it liked it
The action was pretty interesting, but I could've done without a lot of the soliloquies. Would be interesting to see this staged. I read an account once where Isherwood said that they got around staging a dramatic fall from the mountain by killing the lights and slamming a door off-stage. I bet that was pretty cool to experience.

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Wystan Hugh Auden was an Anglo-American poet, best known for love poems such as Funeral Blues, poems on political and social themes such as September 1, 1939 and The Shield of Achilles, poems on cultural and psychological themes such as The Age of Anxiety, and poems on religious themes such as For the Time Being and Horae Canonicae. He was born in York, grew up in and near Birmingham in a professi ...more
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