☆ The Body ↠ William Sansom, The Body, William Sansom, The Body Turning upon the smallest of hints and taking the detritus of modern life offhand diary entries discarded cigarette ends casual glances as a series of clues a London barber becomes obsessed with the idea of his wife s infidelity In this masterfully told tale jealousy hatred and nostalgia stir uneasily in the quiet of London s post war suburbia First published iTurning upon the small ☆ The Body ↠ William Sansom - The Body, The Body Turning upon the smallest of hints and taking the detritus of modern life offhand diary entries discarded cigarette ends casual glances as a series of clues a London barber becomes obsessed with t

  • Title: The Body
  • Author: William Sansom
  • ISBN: 9780860721291
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback

☆ The Body ↠ William Sansom ☆ The Body ↠ William Sansom - The Body, The Body Turning upon the smallest of hints and taking the detritus of modern life offhand diary entries discarded cigarette ends casual glances as a series of clues a London barber becomes obsessed with t

  • ☆ The Body ↠ William Sansom
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The Body

About "William Sansom"

  1. William Sansom

    Sansom was born in London and educated at Uppingham School, Rutland, before moving to Bonn to learn German.From 1930 onwards, Sansom worked in international banking for the British chapter of a German bank, but moved to an advertising company in 1935, where he worked until the outbreak of World War II At this time he became a full time London firefighter, serving throughout The Blitz His experiences during this time inspired much of his writing, including many of the stories found in the celebrated collection Fireman Flower He also appeared in Humphrey Jennings s famous film about the Blitz, Fires Were Started Sansom is the fireman who plays the piano.After the war, Sansom became a full time writer In 1946 and 1947 he was awarded two literary prizes by the Society of Authors, and in 1951 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature He married actress Ruth Grundy.As well as exploring war torn London, Sansom s writing deals with romance The Face of Innocence , murder Various Temptations , comedy A Last Word and supernatural horror A Woman Seldom Found The latter, perhaps his most anthologized story, combines detailed description with narrative tension to unravel a young man s encounter with a bizarre creature in Rome.Sansom died in London.From the Independent, October 2008 William Sansom was once described as London s closest equivalent to Franz Kafka He wrote in hallucinatory detail, bringing every image into pin sharp focus It was his strength and weakness it made his stories hauntingly memorable, but his technique often left his characters feeling under developed.His style was as cool and painstaking as that of Henry Green, also a wartime firefighter His 1944 collection Fireman Flower, and Other Short Stories may be his pinnacle In The Little Room , a nun waits for death after being bricked up in her windowless cell for an unnamed transgression To make her fate worse, a meter on the wall marks the incremental loss of the air in the room, and Sansom describes her changing state of mind with passion and clinical precision.The 1948 novella The Equilibriad owes a little too much to Kafka but shares the same strangeness, as the hero awakes to find himself able to walk only at a 45 degree angle Sansom was also good with an opening hook One story starts, How did the three boys ever come to spend their lives in the water main junction Sansom s publisher described his work as modern fables , but what makes them so ripe for rediscovery is their freshness and currency His characters face inscrutable futures with patience and resignation, knowing that they can do little to influence the outcome of their lives Sometimes terrible events, such as the collapse of a burning wall, slow down and expand to engulf the reader independent arts entChristine Brooke Rose shares short story space with Sansom in Winter Tales no 8, and homages him in The Languages of Love.

654 thoughts on “The Body”

  1. This book was hilarious The wealth of kitsch detail, the pathos of the characters little lives, dramatised to such delirious heights in their own heads, the sadness, the drabness and yet the glorious, absurd fun of it all, was intoxicating The writing is sheer genius, and I was thoroughly entertained throughout.


  2. Henry Bishop is a well off suburbanite with a comfortable income from a hairdressing business that seems to run itself perfectly well without him 20 years of marriage to Madge does not seem to have produced any children, although this topic never seems to occur to him, as he relates a recent crisis in his life.Things to notice about Henry he has odd ideas about certain topics being male , and the power of science and technology, he is concerned to acquire knowledge which he admits he never seems [...]



  3. This is a strange story of obsession The narrator, a man in his forties, catches his new neighbour watching the outline of his wife getting undressed and from the On becomes obsessed with the the man He becomes certain that the man is having an affair with his wife, even though there is no evidence to back up his suspicions And from then on we see a descent into near madness.The descriptive writing is masterful and suspenseful there was a very real sense of time and place I could see the surroun [...]


  4. This 1949 novel is an obsessive, claustrophobic, first person confessional by a meek, middle aged London suburbanite who undergoes a sudden suspicion and growing certainty that his wife is having an affair with a younger and much virile neighbor We are taken deeper and deeper into the narrator s insecure personality, a disturbing journey that becomes marked with skewed perceptions and ever increasing dread The writing is first rate from the opening describing the narrator s attempts to poison a [...]


  5. Never mind the story which is startling enough bcz it is so detailed what riveted me here was the use of English I shudder with glee at the thought of a grammar of English written with an aim to describe how Mr Sansom used the language Brilliant, sentence by sentence, clause by clause, phrase by phrase, word by word, and, yes, syllables and even phonemes get into the act The first five pages were enough to trap me.


  6. Small events having massive impact in this case, a narrator who is undergoing a tectonic epoch of midlife jealousy which his wife and neighbours hardly notice, until the magma starts to spill up through the cracks in his suburban English routine A late 20th century classic.


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