In Their Wisdom



[Reading] ➷ In Their Wisdom ➭ C.P. Snow – E17streets4all.co.uk Economic storm clouds gather as bad political weather is forecast for the nation Three elderly peers look on from the sidelines of the House of Lords and wonder if it will mean the end of a certain wa Economic storm clouds gather as bad political weather is forecast for the nation Three elderly peers look on from the sidelines of the House of Lords and wonder if it will mean the end of a certain way of life Against this background is set a court struggle over a disputed will that escalates into an almighty battle.In Their Wisdom

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  • Paperback
  • 345 pages
  • In Their Wisdom
  • C.P. Snow
  • English
  • 12 May 2019
  • 0020254008

10 thoughts on “In Their Wisdom

  1. says:

    Scientist, politician, polemicist and peer no other novelist got inside the arcane world of the post war British Establishment like Charles Percy, Baron Snow.Life in the House of Lords and its bars, in the courts where a disputed will forms the central narrative, and even in the operating theatre is described with a scientific dispassion.But the last happy scene, which sees the remarkable recovery of a severely ill Nobel prize winner, is in contrast to a cast of less admirable characters The Scientist, politician, polemicist and peer no other novelist got inside the arcane world of the post war British Establishment like Charles Percy, Baron Snow.Life in the House of Lords and its bars, in the courts where a disputed will forms the central narrative, and even in the operating theatre is described with a scientific dispassion.But the last happy scene, which sees the remarkable recovery of a severely ill Nobel prize winner, is in contrast to a cast of less admirable characters The politicians are spent, if ever they were forces, whose expectations are over The new men, motivated by money, are irascible Nor are the women spared, all of them in hock to men unworthy of them.The book has the pessimistic feeling of an anachronistic way of life coming to its end, matched by the author s detached, lofty style Although written and set in the Edward Heath era of the early 1970s, it s a world in which the talk is of Charles James Fox, Sheridan and W.G Grace as if they might pop into the members tea room.The sometimes truncated syntax does not make this an easy read, and Snow often had me reaching for the reference books exophthalmic, irenicon, inspissated, Trimalchio, Lanquinais words not just from the author but in the minds of the characters themselves One felt like a noisy hairy Nordic barbarian outraging the sensibilities of a fine nerved Hindu An unlikely way to characterise one s feelings, I would have thought And what is one to make of this comment Women whom the world thought beautiful often lacked a temperament to help a man get sexual pleasure , and found themselves miserable beyond their comprehension a statement that today seems as preposterous as it is unsupported.This seems now very much a period piece

  2. says:

    As he demonstrated in his great Strangers and Brothers sequence, Snow is a keen psychologist and peerless at probing the dynamics of power of all sorts , politics, and class Unadorned prose but great wisdom.

  3. says:

    I have to admit, I am pretty excited that no one else has rated this book.I m also pretty excited that my edition has a quote on the front from the Philadelphia Inquirer When s the last time you saw the Inquirer s book section referenced I m wondering if, in his focus on the historical perspective, including a direct appeal to future historians on the last page, Snow had any second thoughts about how much attention he gave to sexual relationships Maybe I m relying too much on current polarized I have to admit, I am pretty excited that no one else has rated this book.I m also pretty excited that my edition has a quote on the front from the Philadelphia Inquirer When s the last time you saw the Inquirer s book section referenced I m wondering if, in his focus on the historical perspective, including a direct appeal to future historians on the last page, Snow had any second thoughts about how much attention he gave to sexual relationships Maybe I m relying too much on current polarized conceptions of sex that view a focus on it it as either very good or very bad More generally, I m often surprised at books that seem to defend an old guard mentality, whether with reformatory outrage or resigned sympathy, that rely on intimate domestic and psychological details that they couldn t have made use of in most other eras Hopefully that s general enough it could mean something to people who haven t read the book since apparently no one has

  4. says:

    Devilishly written One of the rarities in literature where I was faced with a style that at times overwhelmed my comprehension I enjoyed the challenge If you re the sort with a penchant for British culture, and human experience this is a book worth seeking out.

  5. says:

    Borrow this book A gripping read, and even relevant today, although published in 1974 His writing is excellent.

  6. says:

    Quiet a placid little affair this, a gentle study of English political circles based around a legal case I thought Snow can write, even if the subject matter isn t the most captivating.

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