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read Sinister Street reader ë Paperback È Presents a semi autobiographical figure Michael Fane handicapped by a public school and university education passing through school Oxford and low life in London The author also wrote Whisky Galore Extraordinary Women and The Four Winds of LovePresents a semi autobiographical figure Michael Fane handicapped by a public scho superb an utterly beautiful novel It has given me to think about than any other book I have read this year

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Ol and university education passing through school Oxford and low life in London An absolutely absorbing account of growing up I've never read such a convincing description of a small child's fears and distortions of everyday things As Michael grows up he does all the silly things you could think of but remains immensely likeable There is a host of characters who appear and recede and sometimes reappear the Oxford sections are horribly credible and the scenes of low life in London find plenty of echoes today This is a massive book but well worth the time spent reading it

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Sinister StreetThe author also wrote Whisky Galore Extraordinary Women and The Four Winds of Lov This is an exceptionally good and very influential novel Henry James praised it; Scott Fitzgerald and Evelyn Waugh loved it and made use of it almost plagiarized it in This Side of Paradise and Brideshead Revisited It appeared at the same time as Maugham's Of Human Bondage and it is lucky for both Maugham and Mackenzie that their novels were published so close together that neither could be accused of stealing from the other The great critic Edmund Wilson thought Mackenzie was a much better writer than Maugham I rate them in their best work on a par and very highly SS and OHB are in my view major novels Like Of Human BondageSinister Street is one of the last great triple decker young man's coming of age novels with a ravishing central section evoking life at Oxford in the early 1900's Mackenzie was very versatile he founded Gramophone Magazine and deserves rediscovery I've also read Carnival Guy and Pauline and Thin Ice all very much worth reading but so far Sinister Street remains my favorite