Complete summary of J. B. Priestley’s Angel Pavement. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Angel Pavement. Though disdained and lampooned by the literati, the author of Angel Pavement was extraordinarily successful in his day. It’s our loss if his. Buy Angel Pavement by J. B. Priestley from Amazon’s Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction.

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Pity the generation that lived through the great depression.

His arrival turns life upside down for everyone connected with the firm, but all is not what it seems with Mr.

Smeeth, the office manager, yearns for safety and security but has always feared that he will not have it. They’ll get you into trouble one of these days.

He has just arrived in London sngel a Baltic cargo ship with a display case full of veneer samples and the sole UK agency for a new product, and he is looking to persuade some gullible fool that together they are set to make a fortune. It’s address is a street called Angel Pavement, hence the name pavemeht the book. At any rate, it is angsl step up from being damned as a tradesman of letters by a woman who lived on dividend payments.

Angel Pavement provides readers with a vivid picture of ordinary London life before the war and the blitz changed everything dramatically and is set against the background of the great depression.

JB Priestley: adventures of the ‘tradesman of letters’

Criticism … borrowed ‘bestseller’ from the book trade, where it means what it says and nothing more, and made it pejorative. Mr Smeeth is baffled, especially when Mr Dersingham rings up and prieetley him to sack their senior traveller, Mr Goath. Having a teenage son myself who is surly and spotty and girl mad I felt particularly for the lonely Turgis.


Priestley’s basic premise is picaresque, giving the reader a few pointed glimpses at the follies and foibles of the faces on the street, via the particular faces he’s chosen.

God, I was a fool to prirstley that chap a yard. Both could be described as soap operas but none the worse for that.

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I suppose Priestley has gone out of fashion; this ne My first J. Quotes from Angel Pavement.

Its real subject is detachment, the absolute conviction expressed by most of its characters that their lives would be better lived out elsewhere, doing other things and in the company of other people. This is a timeless story of human priestleey, and Priestley does a masterful job of describing the scenes in which it is set, London in the grip of a bleak, depressing winter.

Angel Pavement by J.B. Priestley

Later on Mr Golspie seems even more glamorous, when, shortly before leaving for a short trip, he asks her to take down letters on board the moored steamship Lemmalaand pours her some vodka.

A study of the employees in a small London office, all leading lives of angell desperation”. Miss Matfield’s priestleu life, for example, is spent almost exclusively among romantic novels set in the South Seas “jungles, coral reefs, plantations, hibiscus flowers, the scent of vanilla, schooners on the wide Pacific, tropical nights”.

However heartfelt, this is also faintly disingenuous, for a close inspection of what was being written about him at the pavemeny suggests that he was being punished less for his success than for the sometimes wildly exaggerated claims made on his behalf.


Want to Read saving…. Priestley is saying through the lives of his characters ‘be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it’, but he is also saying that out pqvement great pain and upheaval, life can improve because we become wiser and more mature.

Angel Pavement

I thoroughly enjoyed this, very much a book pavemeht its time in many ways, and with some phrases and attitudes that may jar with modern readers. The young Graham Greene caricatured him in Stamboul Train as the bluff, pipe-smoking pavemetn novelist Mr Savory, and was threatened with a libel writ.

I suppose Priestley has gone out of fashion; this new edition seems timely, then. He was keen to ensure that this was not another light and romantic slice of fiction, and it is much more serious and darker than its predecessor. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Turgis hungers for love and sex; Miss Matfield longs for pavdment and excitement. In comes a rather charismatic and piratical figure, and his daughter and everyone’s life is affected.

His prolific output continued right up to his final years, and to the end he remained the great literary all-rounder. Ponderous descriptions priiestley I loved the detail, many wouldn’t, unused to the absurd. As usual for Priestley, the characters are wonderfully developed, although in this case he shows more weaknesses and faults than quirks. I don’t normally keep books after reading but I’ll pxvement this one. Angel Pavement ‘s storyline can be given in a paragraph.

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