Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 1931
Genre Fiction
Origin UK
Publisher Pelligrini & Cudahy
My Copy 1st American ed.
First Read August 23, 2006

Many Dimensions



Re-reading this after Grevel's biography of Charles Williams, the whole relationship between Lord Arglay and his Secretary got much, much weirder. I still enjoyed the book, though - and think it's stil lone of the most pleasant of Williams' novels.

Noted on August 12, 2017

But Lord Arglay, at once in contact and detached, at once faithless and believing, beheld all these things in the light of that fastidious and ironical goodwill which, outside mystical experience, is the finest and noblest capacity man has developed in and against the universe.

Quoted on August 12, 2017

Would you rather be more abominable than you sound or sound more abominable than you are? The answer is I would rather be neither but I am both.

Quoted on August 12, 2017

I do not know what he meant, 'Arglay answered, 'though certainly the way to any end is in that end itself. For you cannot know any study but by learning it, or gain any virtue but by practicing it, so you cannot be anything but by becoming it. And that sounds obvious enough, doesn't it?'

Quoted on July 20, 2010


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