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The Revenge For Love

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  74 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Published in the shadow of the Spanish Civil War, The Revenge for Love is a political thriller attacking the fraudulence and feeble-mindedness of life in the Britain of the 1930s. A brilliant satire on a world that has lost its sense of self and been seduced by the appeal of Communism, it is one of a handful of books (it could be compared to Orwell's Coming Up for Air or K ...more
Paperback, 399 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Black Sparrow Press (first published 1937)
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Sam Schulman
Some great set-pieces: 1 between the workingclass Communist who had escaped from a Spanish prison camp + lost his leg in doing so, revealing to the County babe who digs communists that his atrocity stories were only de rigueur, and that the nuns had not in fact rubbed salt in his wound but been very kind to him. She turns on him, whereupon he denounces all upperclass Communists who sneer at actual workers - whereupon she has another boyfriend beat him to a pulp and nearly kill him, all the time ...more
Interesting to read this as I'd just read The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Stein, which mentioned Wyndham Lewis amongst others. The characters in Revenge for love seem at times easily led. There is no main lead with each part seeming to take the central part. Felt sympathy for Margot, Vince and Percy, but wanted to shake them for their inability to see what is going on around them.
Nov 10, 2007 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read somewhere that Lewis considered this his best novel. I think his readers usually agree. I've only read a little of his fiction but I can't imagine that it gets much better.
Nov 30, 2012 Kingfan30 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I did manage to get all the way though this, but it was not easy to follow and I'm afraid not my sort of book at all.
Um, I found it less infuriating than Tarr?
Jun 05, 2014 Samuel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Affecting a breezy manner"
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(Percy) Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) was a novelist, painter, essayist, polemicist and one of the truly dynamic forces of the early 20th century and a central figure in the history of modernism. He was the founder of Vorticism, the only original movement in 20th century English painting. His Vorticist paintings from 1913 are the first abstract works produced in England, and influenced the development ...more
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