Stock Image
Buy New
List Price: US$
Price: US$ 69.53 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.95 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Returns Policy

Sinister Street

Compton Mackenzie

52 ratings by GoodReads
ISBN 10: 0571250416 / ISBN 13: 9780571250417
Published by Faber and Faber
New Condition New Paperback
From BuySomeBooks (Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.) Quantity Available: 20
Available From More sellers View all  copies of this book

Paperback. 832 pages. Dimensions: 8.4in. x 5.3in. x 1.8in.If Compton Mackenzie is known at all now, it is as the author of entertainments like Whisky Galore and Monarch of the Glen. These are successful in their own right, but give no clue as to his prodigious talents as a young novelist in the early part of the twentieth-century. To realize why he was so highly regarded then you need to read Sinister Street. Owing to its length it was originally published in two parts, in 1913 and 1914. As a bildsungroman it can bear comparison with Dickens David Copperfield. That perceptive critic of the Georgian literary scene, Frank Swinnerton, described it as thus. It is the picture of the development of a very precocious boy into a sophisticated young man of the nineteen-tens, and the picture is painted with a detail and wealth of reference unattempted by other authors of Mackenzies experience. It illustrates most of its authors gifts, and all his faults. It is lavish, it contains rodomontade, it is literary, sentimental and florid. But it has no timidities; it is large and confident; it is a picture of something more than a single life. It is a record of a departed generation. More succinctly, John Betjeman said of it, This has always seemed to me one of the best novels of the best period in English novel writing. In short, it shows abundantly why Henry James thought it to be the most remarkable book written by a young author in his lifetime. It a classic waiting to be rediscovered. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780571250417

About this title:

Synopsis:

If Compton Mackenzie is known at all now, it is as the author of entertainments like Whisky Galore and Monarch of the Glen. These are successful in their own right, but give no clue as to his prodigious talents as a young novelist in the early part of the twentieth-century. To realize why he was so highly regarded then you need to read Sinister Street.

Owing to its length it was originally published in two parts, in 1913 and 1914. As a bildsungroman it can bear comparison with Dickens' David Copperfield. That perceptive critic of the Georgian literary scene, Frank Swinnerton, described it as thus. 'It is the picture of the development of a very precocious boy into a sophisticated young man of the nineteen-tens, and the picture is painted with a detail and wealth of reference unattempted by other authors of Mackenzie's experience. It illustrates most of its author's gifts, and all his faults. It is lavish, it contains rodomontade, it is literary, sentimental and florid. But it has no timidities; it is large and confident; it is a picture of something more than a single life. It is a record of a departed generation.'

More succinctly, John Betjeman said of it, 'This has always seemed to me one of the best novels of the best period in English novel writing.'

In short, it shows abundantly why Henry James thought it to be the most remarkable book written by a young author in his lifetime. It a classic waiting to be rediscovered.

About the Author: Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972) was a writer with a huge output, over ninety books. He wrote too much, but novels like Sinister Street, satires like Vestal Fire and Extraordinary Women and entertainments like Whisky Galore deserve to survive. He was born in West Hartlepool, educated at St Paul's School and Magdalen College, Oxford (his upbringing is vividly described in Sinister Street). During the First World War he became Director of the Aegean Intelligence Service. He had wide interests: he co-founded The Gramophone magazine in 1923: he was President of the Siamese Cat Club: he was a Scottish nationalist. He also like islands, living on Capri and Barra, and was lampooned for this by D. H. Lawrence, appearing as Mr Cathcart in the short story 'The Man Who Loved Islands'. He thought of suing but, in the end, ticked D. H. Lawrence off for suggesting cowslips could grow in a granite landscape; they prefer lime.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: Sinister Street

Publisher: Faber and Faber

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Book Type: Paperback

Payment Methods

Payment Methods Accepted by Seller

Visa Mastercard American Express


Seller BuySomeBooks
Address: Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.

AbeBooks Seller Since May 21, 2012
Seller Rating 5-star rating


Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web
sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as
Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund
within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. If you've changed your mind about a book that you've ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to contact us and we'll respond within 2 business days.

BuySomeBooks is operated by Drive-On-In, Inc., a Nevada co...

[More Information]

Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 1-2 business days. Books are shipped from multiple locations so your order may arrive from Las Vegas,NV, Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN, Momence,IL, or Commerce,GA.


Store Description: BuySomeBooks is great place to get your books online. With over eight million titles available we're sure to have what you're looking for. Despite having a large selection of new books available for immediate shipment and excellent customer service, people still tell us they prefer us because of our prices.