A Season in the West

A Season in the West Josef Birek, A Young Dissident Writer, Escapes From Communist Czechoslovakia To The West Birek Already Has A Reputation His Work, Smuggled Into England, Has Been Published By The Comenius Foundation In London, Translated Laura Morton, The Wife Of A Banker, Who Had Studied Czech At Oxford University When Birek Comes To London, Laura Helps Him Find His Feet, Introduces Him Into Her Circle Of Fashionable Friends And He Becomes Her Lover At First Birek Is Lionised But Soon Discovers That There Is A Down Side To Life In The Free World

British novelist and non fiction writer Educated at the Benedictines Ampleforth College, and subsequently entered St John s College, University of Cambridge where he received his BA and MA history Artist in Residence at the Ford Foundation in Berlin 1963 4 , Harkness Fellow, Commonwealth Fund, New York 1967 8 , member of the Council of the Institute of Contemporary Arts 1971 5 , member of

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  • Hardcover
  • 238 pages
  • A Season in the West
  • Piers Paul Read
  • English
  • 09 March 2018
  • 9780436410048

10 thoughts on “A Season in the West

  1. says:

    Although this book is almost a generation old, it is still just as relevant now as it was then.It talks about class, the British way of life, how we put far too much emphasis on materialism in our value calculations and how money appears to be able to buy exemption from behaving decently Most of the things at the root of so much malaise in the world, and in the UK in particular, are aired in this book which is what makes it so relevant, and such a compelling read.It s taken me a long time to discover Piers Paul read but this book left me wanting a lot, lot marvelous fare

  2. says:

    Josef Birek is a Czech dissident writer who escapes to England only to find that all the things he most loved about the West free enterprise, religion, Margaret Thatcher are treated with disdain He befriends Laura Morton, a young, bored bankers wife, who quickly becomes infatuated with him This is one of Read s better books, and contains his trademark mix of cynicism and moralism that is rarely found together in modern literature.

  3. says:

    Sch ne Sprache, feine Ironie und interessanter Ansatz Jedoch wird man nach der Bekanntschaft mit dem Roman nur noch mehr von dem modernen Gesellschaftsmodell entt uscht, auch gibt es keinen einzigen Charakter dem man ernsthaft mitleiden kann Der Leser muss also schon eine gewisse Portion Zynismus besitzen, um nach der Bekanntschaft mit dem Roman nicht dem Decadance zum Opfer zu fallen

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