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After the Fireworks (Modern Voices)

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As an acclaimed novelist, Miles Fanning is well used to the unwanted attentions of his fans as he goes about his daily business. Yet little prepares him for the determination of the gauche Pamela Tarn who resolves to enter not only his world, but also his bed. Initially repelled by the enormity of the age gap between them, Fanning vows never to acquiesce, and resorts to ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Hesperus Press (first published 1936)
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Jill
Nov 28, 2015 Jill rated it it was amazing
The concept of a literary canon (aka: arbitrary decisions made by pretentious white dudes) irritates me to no end. It forces a very specific kind of reading and literary cultural history upon ~educated readers~ -- and it's in very few ways a positive one. Sure, there are some objectively brilliant classics, but what falls to the wayside may be just as excellent.

I feel like -- aside from Brave New World -- Huxley fell to the wayside. And that is a travesty, because I suspect Aldous Huxley is a li
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May 06, 2016 Arax Miltiadous rated it liked it
Ομολογώ, είχα μια διαφορετική εικόνα στο μυαλό μου για τον Χάξλεϊ διαβάζοντας το Brave new world, Δηλαδή δεν μπορούσα να τον φανταστώ να γράφει κάτι άλλο παρεκτός από φαντασία - δυστοπία.
Κι' όμως , μου άρεσε ο τρόπος της αφήγησης του σε αυτή τη νουβέλα , η οποία πραγματεύεται αυτό που δηλώνει και ο τίτλος της , σε δυο επίπεδα. Στον ερωτικό τομέα, τι νιώθουμε όταν πέφτει η αυλαία, η ειδάλλως "μετά τα πυροτεχνηματα" για τον ήδη ξεπερασμένο εραστή ή ερωμένη μας, ενώ παράλληλα, η ιστορία που μας αφ
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Kylie
Feb 24, 2010 Kylie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of aldous huxley
I received this as an Early Reviewers copy from LibraryThing. After the Fireworks was originally published in the 1930s and is supposed to be satirical, but I didn't really get the satire in it.

The story follows a well-known, middle-aged, womanising novelist and a 21 year-old fan who meets up with him in Rome. Her desire is to be an intellectual, but she doesn't seem to be particularly interested in learning anything. He takes her around Rome trying to educate her while trying to resist her adva
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Sarah
May 25, 2013 Sarah rated it did not like it
Not recommended. Another reviewer aptly said "I don't care about the egocentric Miles or the essentially narcissistic Pamela so their ultimate predicament didn't move me the way I felt it should." I didn't understand at all the satire, which is perhaps an indictment on me but as a reasonably intelligent and well-read human being I'm not fussed by such pretension.

There was one idea that I did like, however, namely:
"That's the definition of culture - knowing and thinking about things that have ab
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Gillian
May 31, 2010 Gillian rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Beautifully depressing but oddly disatisfying. I don't care about the egocentric Miles or the essentially narcissistic Pamela so their ultimate predicament didn't move me the way I felt it should. Still, an accurate description of the emotions when you realise you've fallen out of love with someone.
Beka Sukhitashvili
May 13, 2015 Beka Sukhitashvili rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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ორივე მოთხრობაში მწერალი გვიჩვენებს სიყვარულის უძლურებას იმ არსებული პირობების ფონზე: განსხვავება ასაკს, ინტერესებს შორის, გამორიცხავს წყვილის ხანგრძლივ ბედნიერებას.
მომეწონა მწერლის ენა და განსაკუთრებით ფინალები.
Jonathan
Dec 16, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was ok
Tough read. Thankfully short. I enjoyed the intro by Fay Weldon more than the book, and she convinced me I'd liked it more than I thought I had!
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Aug 05, 2016 Nata rated it it was ok
მგონი ისეთი საცოდავი პერსონაჟი, როგორიც პამელაა არასდროს შემხვედრია :)
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Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Through his novels and ...more
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