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Children of the Sun: A Narrative of Decadence in England After 1918
by Martin Green
Children of the Sun is a story of brilliant and later famous young people who deliberately chose decadence as an alternative lifestyle. The setting is England between World War I and World War II. The cast of characters includes Evelyn Waugh, Randolph Churchill, W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, and Cecil Beaton among others.
Paperback, 518 pages
Published September 18th 2008 by Axios Press
(first published January 1st 1987)
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This is my favorite book about the social and intellectual culture of Britain in the '20s, a rich and evocative period in that country's history. Anyone who enjoys the novels of Evelyn Waugh or Anthony Powell would be enthralled by Green's account. Green also had a unique and rather baroque writing style, best on display here and in his 1961 "Mirror for Anglo-Saxons" (not listed on goodreads).
I hadn't the vocabulary, personal or intellectual background, to completely understand what ideas the author was trying to convey to me. There were, however, quite a few points made, within the starting several pages of each chapter, that felt to me to be amazingly current to my feelings and, therefore, were interesting. Because of this, I felt that the book could've been reduced by 450 pages and still impart to me that which was important.