PDF O, How the Wheel Becomes It!
Powell tells the story in O, How the Wheel Becomes It! of a British literary celebrity who is not an important writer, is no great personality, and certainly is no cause for celebration of the human species. G. F. H. Shadbold, a lifelong poseur and literary manque, lives, for the most part, in fear of discovery. A friend, Cedric Winterwade, whom he evidently seduced in his college days, writes a novel almost as insignificant and badly written as Shadbold's own literary output. As time passes, however, and the friend is killed in the army, Winterwade's novel begins to be rediscovered while Shadbold's work remains ignored. The discovery that Winterwade has penned a journal sets the stage for a hilarious series of events, ending in Shadbold's justifiable downfall from grace as he discovers that his friend has revealed not Shadbold's sexual indiscretions, but has described his own affair with a woman with whom Shadbold had been in love. A visit from Isolde Upjohn Abdullah at the very moment of a television interview with the notorious Rod Cubbage reveals Shadbold to the public and his wife as the hysterical ninny he has always been.
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