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The Flower Beneath the Foot #2020

The Flower Beneath the Foot Best known for his witty ingenious novels Ronald Firbank began his literary apprenticeship as a writer of short stories In his writings he cultivated a style which through his use of dialogue

  • Title: The Flower Beneath the Foot
  • Author: Ronald Firbank John Mortimer
  • ISBN: 9780140088250
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Flower Beneath the Foot By Ronald Firbank John Mortimer, 1924 Best known for his witty, ingenious novels, Ronald Firbank began his literary apprenticeship as a writer of short stories In his writings he cultivated a style which, through his use of dialogue and concentration of language and image, is considered today to be quite innovative One of his most popular novels, The Flower Beneath the Foot begins Neither her Gaudine1924 Best known for his witty, ingenious novels, Ronald Firbank began his literary apprenticeship as a writer of short stories In his writings he cultivated a style which, through his use of dialogue and concentration of language and image, is considered today to be quite innovative One of his most popular novels, The Flower Beneath the Foot begins Neither her Gaudiness the Mistress of the Robes, or her Dreaminess the Queen were feeling quite themselves In the Palace all was speculation Would they be able to attend the Fetes in honor of King Jotifa, and Queen Thleeanouhee of the Land of Dates Court opinion seemed largely divided Countess Medusa Rappa, a woman easily disturbable, was prepared to wager what the Countess of Tolga liked she knew , that another week would find the Court shivering beneath the vaulted domes of the Summer Palace.

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    1. Perhaps the New York Times Book Review of October 18, 1925 comes closest to hitting the nail on the head when it describes Ronald Firbank s The Flower Beneath the Foot 1923 as intricate, amiably grotesque buffoonery Set at the fantastical court of King Willie and Her Dreaminess the Queen of Pisuerga, this is an absurd and yet poignant tale of love, disillusionment, and debauch on the eve of a royal wedding told in the tittering tones of high camp humour, a blinding melody of chattering eccentric [...]

    2. A strange book, apparently an influence on Waugh s Black Mischief, but as far from Waugh as you can get in some ways It s as if one of ER Eddisson s post Ouroboros ponderances about archetypes and exemplars afoot in Zimimavia were to be taken over by Wilde, brought back down to earth and made stranger, funnier, subversive and resonant in the process I almost wrote that it is like the novel Huysmans Des Esseintes would write, but Firbank was both knowing and self aware than that tragicomic

    3. I picked this book up because it was referenced in a Vita Sackville West biography It is a silly story based somewhat on the elite of England in the 1930s Queen Dreariness, Sir Someone, Lady Somebody, Lady Wetme all make appearances in the story Vita appears in one section as Lady Chillywater who, not to confuse anyone is married to a diplomat named Harold It is brought up that she writes only under her name and not her husband s name I am assuming that this may have been entertaining at the tim [...]

    4. This is an odd and relatively obscure book that some might find tedious the plot doesn t move too quickly, and narrative is not so much the point of the exercise, anyway Firbank s forte is establishing tone and aesthetic sensibility, and what a scandalously witty tone and over the top aesthetic sensibility he has I was unaware such writing existed in England in the 1920s I read this unusual novel in a collected edition of five Firbank novels procured at a library rejects sale , and it lacked the [...]

    5. The introduction to this edition offers comparisons to Wodehouse and Waugh, though Henry Green and Ivy Compton Burnett come to mind as well give the characters a sufficient length of dialog and they ll hang themselves without much assistance from the omniscient narrator Firbank s style is much florid than either and consequently a bit fun.Three generations removed from an illiterate miner, with a family fortune recently made in railways, Firbank had the fascination of the recently arrived with [...]

    6. This is a lightweight humorous farce which serves well to clear the mind between deeper reads There s a small emotional tweak at the end, but otherwise this well crafted novel enters the mind effortlessly, amusingly passes through it without disturbance, and is forgotten without a trace soon after starting another book That s Firbank in a nutshell it took a certain artistry to write books that work the way his do.

    7. I loved this little book that bubbled with phrases words countesses marquis An interesting writer an odd but worthwhile book.

    8. The book is entertaining if you read it in passages, but not something to read back to back, despite being rather short There are about as many characters as there are pages and most of what s in the story is not physically in the text.While the whole book as an experimental exploration of camp and language is interesting, I d consider it art than entertainment.

    9. After VALMOUTH which was rather dull and THE PRINCESS ZOUBAROFF which was uninteresting and icky , THE FLOWER BENEATH THE FOOT is a welcome return to Firbank s earlier style But it s a return only to the strengths of those novels Firbank had a lengthy apprenticeship 5 self published novellas in 5 years but THE FLOWER is purely and consistently hilarious.The sovereign family of this Ruritania Pisuerga, somewhere in Europe is comprised of her Dreaminess the Queen, her consort King William, his Wea [...]

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