Self Condemned

Self Condemned After Rene Harding becomes dissatisfied with the civilization of England he leaves the country and travels in search of a new intellectually stimulating home

  • Title: Self Condemned
  • Author: Wyndham Lewis
  • ISBN: 9780876855751
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • After Rene Harding becomes dissatisfied with the civilization of England, he leaves the country and travels in search of a new intellectually stimulating home.

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    1. Wyndham Lewis was a ferninster par excellence. In the early 1930’s he expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler. Around the same time he comported himself as an anti-semite. (Though eventually he about-faced on both these stances.) When nearly all self-respecting progressive intellectuals were hitching themselves to Communism, he remained staunchly right-wing. In the 1930’s he blasted nearly the entire British literary establishment in his corrosive satire The Apes of God (which I will read some [...]

    2. "Self Condemned" is a novel written by Wyndham Lewis and published in 1954. Wyndham Lewis was born Percy Wyndham Lewis but he didn't like the name Percy so he dropped it. I happen to like Percy much better than Wyndham. He was not only an author but also a painter. He was a co-founder of the Vorticist movement in art, and edited the literary magazine of the Vorticists, BLAST. I've seen his art and I'm not a big fan of his painting; so far I've only read one of his books so I'm not sure yet if I' [...]

    3. Perhaps the greatest anti-Canadian novel ever written, which is still full of loving, careful, humorous observation of Canada in the 40s, and the most expansive novel of claustrophobia ever written, describing the life of an exiled, nearly broke, frieldless + childless couple confined to a 12'x25' apartment-hotel in Canada for most of its many hundreds of pages. Wonderful observations on the sex war, Canadian English v "peasoup" mutual hatred, climate, obsession with drink (why does no one remar [...]

    4. Self CondemnedBy: Wyndham Lewis1954Why is it people feel they need to travel abroad to European countries to gain a sense of enlightenment and self actualization? It's strange when people from Western countries recount their journeys to France and Germany speaking of how they have become more cultured and knowledgeable once they have traveled across the ocean.For Lewis it was the opposite. He came to Canada with his wife before the second world war to escape the proximity to violence and death. [...]

    5. Rene strikes me as a selfish man, he makes the decision to resign his job and head to Canada. His wife Essie is expected to drop everything and go with him. The first part of the book allows the reader to follow the couple as they meet friends and family before the journey. I've done this myself when travelling from the UK to New Zealand.Once they arrive in Canada they become isolated, transplanted to an alien city with no friends and with the war started they are cut off. Lewis is very good at [...]

    6. That is to say, it's very unpleasant. But I suppose it's supposed to be that unpleasant, so it's at least well-done. And there are a couple of really nice images to relieve all that horrible plodding unpleasantness.

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