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Cyril Connolly ✓ 5 Read & Download Enemies of Promise Free read à 105 Oks  “Anyone who writes or wants to write will find something on just about every single page that either endorses a long held prejudice or outrages and that makes it a pretty compelling read You end up muttering back at just about every ornately constructed pensée that Connolly utters but that’s one of the joys of this book” Nick Hornby The Believer “A remarkable book” Anthony Powell ?. There is but one crime to escape from our talent Cyril Connolly 1903 1974 was a British reviewer critic and writer of distinction Connolly s Unuiet Grave a despondent meditation on creativity and existence in a world challenged by the destruction of World War II is one of my favorite books I finally got around to ordering Enemies of Promise first published in 1938 and designed to solve the problem of how to write an enduring book by his count one that stands for at least a decade The book is split into three major parts The first is an audit of British writing tracing the rise and fall of some of the well known authors and poets many of whom were not familiar to me as well as their main styles of writing This section really brought to life Connolly s breadth of knowledge related to the landscape of English letters The second part is focused on advice for how writers can live up to their own promise and produce a lasting work this includes some of the pitfalls they must avoid As an author and a reader I found this section enlightening and at time maddening given the similar challenges facing writers then and now The third section is a personal history of his time at Eton a boy s school and the tremendous psychological torture he endured that shaped his later career As this book makes clear Connolly had an admirable grasp on the history of creative writing especially in England and offered some keen insights for writers that still ring true today And best of all he has a uniue lyrical but imminently approachable style that makes his writing sing and spotlights the agile workings of an impossibly sharp mind Writing is a impure art than music or painting It is an art but it is also the medium in which millions of inartistic people express themselves describe their work sell their goods justify their conduct propagate their ideas It is the vehicle of all business and propaganda At the present time for a book to be produced with any hope of lasting half a generation of outliving a dog or a car of surviving the lease of a house or the life of a bottle of champagne it must be written against the current in a prose that makes demands both on the resources of our language and the intelligence of the reader Our language is a sulky and inconstant beauty and at any given moment it is important to know what liberties she will permit To day the forces of life and progress are ranging on one side those of reaction and death on the other We are having to choose between democracy and fascism and fascism is the enemy of art drunkenness is a substitute for art it is in itself a low form of creation I love his suggestion that readers who enjoy a book get in the habit of sending a small tip or other token of appreciation to the author That is a trend I certainly wish had caught on though I d settle for honest reviewsThe third section about life at boy s school though it gave me my favorite line in the book I have always disliked myself at any given moment the total of such moments is my life was an odd addition It certainly presented tragic insights into the cruelty of those days but did little to get to the core uestion of how to write a book that endures Setting aside the curious but moving excursion into Pink Floyd level schoolboy terrors did Connolly s book meet the very challenge he set out to resolve Probably Though his name and reputation aren t exactly well known almost 80 years later there s much of value to be found in his writing once you get past the what seems now stilted and mostly masculine language for writers and artists of all stripes Not only did Connolly make a life and a career out of thinking seriously and deeply about literature and creativity he also seemed scarred by the loss of life accompanying WWII almost prescient in his defense of art and his despair at a world willing to risk everything for ultimately nothing At present the realities are life and death peace and war fascism and democracy we are in a world which may soon become unfit for humans to live in Artistic work may not last longer than the life of a bottle of champagne but it seems despair about the short sightedness of global politics if we can t learn the lessons Connolly laid out 80 years ago will always endure

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Cyril Connolly ✓ 5 Read & Download Enemies of Promise Free read à 105 “Whom the gods wish to destroy” writes Cyril Connolly “they first call promising” First published in 1938 and long out of print Enemies of Promise an “inuiry into the problem of how to write a book that lasts ten years” tests the boundaries of criticism journalism and autobiography with the blistering prose that became Connolly’s trademark Connolly here confronts the evils of domesticit. I have always disliked myself at any given moment the total of such moments is my life Lips Unsealed years” tests the boundaries of criticism journalism and autobiography with the blistering prose that became Connolly’s trademark Connolly here confronts the evils of domesticit. I have always disliked myself at any given moment the total of such moments is my life

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Cyril Connolly ✓ 5 Read & Download Enemies of Promise Free read à 105 Y politics drink and advertising as well as novelists such as Joyce Proust Hemingway and Faulkner in essays that remain fresh and penetrating to this day   “A fine critic compulsive traveler and candid autobiographer Connolly lays down the law for all writers who wanted to count He had imagination and decisive images flashed with the speed of wit in his mind” V S Pritchett New York Review of Bo. I really only found the first third of this book interesting I think it lays out an excellent premise in what Connolly dubs The Predicament The predicament is between a ornate type of writing and a stripped down direct version I found Connolly s dissection of the two styles rather lopsided He seemed to lambaste ornate writing with an excessive fierceness Seemingly chalking its use to insecure writers uncertain of what they were trying to say When he does find merit in this mode of writing he seems to tie appreciation to its work as only being possible in a bygone age and for a ever shrinking leisurely class of readers When he discusses the straight forward journalistic type of writing he recognizes that it is the style in favor at the time and doesn t really expand much further beyond that Connolly then seems to abandon the predicament he s exploring and wraps everything up with a rather convoluted summary indicating that trends between the style are entirely reactive The implication being that writer s fluctuate between the styles to rebel against what is popular during the time essentially motivated by a rebellious ego There s not much expansion on this idea which is a shame as Connolly himself states that egotism spoils a writer s own work He later posits that there is gulf fixed between those who dislike the ornate and those who love it and that the only true crime an author can commit is to to flee from their talent So although Connolly doesn t himself clearly state this the solution to the predicament is to ignore the ebb and flow of the shifting trends of the literary landscape to resist the pull of the ego and the need to set one apart from the pack and simply write authentically without waste Be true to yourself as an artist and consider it no business of yours as to how critics may categorize your writing style That sentiment which Connolly circles around but never really pins down is characteristically Stoic in nature And for that I understand why folks like Ryan Holiday have praised this book so highly This book of rather the first third of it serves as a good distillation of how a Stoic writer should approach their work While interesting and valuable the other 23 of the book are inescapably dull His biography is supposed to demonstrate writing that will last essentially transcending the fluctuation of the two trends Sadly it does not resulting in a uneven book that seems like an abandoned exploration into the predicament writers face


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    EBOOK DOWNLOAD Enemies of Promise Read & Download Enemies of Promise On the upside the next time anyone complains about how The Literary Establishment has always forced people to write in single genres and thus distorted the Genius Writer I can point to one book as showing what rubbish that statement is On the downside I now know why this is cult classic and less just classic I was led to expect much I thought the first section by far the most interesting Connolly's understanding of liter

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    EBOOK DOWNLOAD Enemies of Promise In the first part of this book Connolly examines the dual trends of stripped down vernacular storytelling and elevated stylistically ambitious prose in early 20th century novels He looks at the strengths and weaknesses of both styles and proposes a synthesis It's interesting stuff rendered dated in its prescriptions by the fact that the dam

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  • Paperback
  • 288
  • Enemies of Promise
  • Cyril Connolly
  • English
  • 12 August 2020
  • 9780226115047