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by Michael Frayn

Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Michael Frayn
ISBN: 0006541038
ISBN13: 978-0006541035
Language: English
Publisher: Flamingo (November 14, 1985)
Pages: 224
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Towards The End Of The Morning is a 1967 satirical novel by Michael Frayn about journalists working on a British newspaper during the heyday of Fleet Street.

Towards The End Of The Morning is a 1967 satirical novel by Michael Frayn about journalists working on a British newspaper during the heyday of Fleet Street. Its protagonists work to compile the miscellaneous, unimportant parts of the newspaper – the "nature notes" column, the religious "thought for the day", the crossword and so on. The paper seems sunk in a state of torpor, and the journalists' work is extremely dull

And Michael Frayn can do cultural comedy just about as good as Dickens. Towards the End of Morning (one of several titles the book has accumulated) rates with The Pickwick Papers in its appreciation of the idiosyncrasies of a passing culture seen from the inside.

And Michael Frayn can do cultural comedy just about as good as Dickens. Like Dickens, Frayn was a journalist in his youth who also saw the limitations of the profession. And like The Pickwick Papers, his book is an institutionally posthumous record of the days when the only thing Fleet Street had little interest in was itself and its painful forthcoming demise

Michael Frayn's classic novel is set in the crossword and nature notes department of an obscure national . His novels include Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong, Spies and Skios.

His novels include Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong, Spies and Skios. His seventeen plays range from Noises Off, recently chosen as one of the nation's three favourite plays, to Copenhagen, which won the 1998 Evening Standard Award for Best Play of the Year and the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play.

Towards the End of Morning by Michael Frayn is a brilliantly comic drama about an ambitious journalist who works for an obscure national newspaper during the declining years of Fleet Street. This tale is set in the crossword and nature-notes department of an obscure national newspaper during the declining years of Fleet Street.

Towards the End of the Morning. This book seems to have been retitled over the years, by the common consent of almost everyone who has mentioned it to me since it was first published in 1967, as Your Fleet Street Novel. Towards the End of the Morning by Michael Frayn. First published in Great Britain by Collins in 1967. No one, for some reason, can remember the title I gave it, though I rather like it still, when I can manage to recall it. The confusion has been made worse because it had a different title in America, Against Entropy.

Michael Frayn's classic novel is set in the crossword and nature notes department of an obscure national newspaper during the declining years of Fleet Street, where John Dyson dreams wistfully of fame and the gentlemanly life - until one day his great chance of glory at last arrives. Michael Frayn is the celebrated author of fifteen plays including Noises Off, Copenhagen and Afterlife

Michael Frayn's 1967 Fleet Street novel draws unavoidable comparison with Evelyn Waugh's "Scoop", and that .

Michael Frayn's 1967 Fleet Street novel draws unavoidable comparison with Evelyn Waugh's "Scoop", and that it comes off looking pretty good speaks volumes for Frayn's talent. It tells the story of John Dyson, a middling newspaper man slipping towards the end of his youth and towards the end of his foundering career.

Michael Frayn's classic novel is set in the crossword and nature notes department of an obscure national newspaper during the declining years of Fleet Street, John . Books related to Towards the End of the Morning.

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Comments to eBook Towards the End of the Morning
Folsa
12 chapters, 94,000+ words

How have I lived this long without knowing about this book and Michael Frayn? I’ve since learned that Frayn has been an eminent playwright for years. But if not for Valancourt Books, I still wouldn’t know about him or his work. I hope Valancourt wins its fight against the U.S. Copyright Office and becomes more prosperous.

This account of London journalists and their families, colleagues and friends is funny and interesting and such a pleasure to read that I had to force myself to stop reading it through in one sitting.

The satirical comic characters are perfect for depicting journalism and middle class life in the twentieth century. For example, read the first half of chapter two. John Dyson in particular undergoes funny ordeals. He’s the head of a features department in a Fleet Street newspaper and wants desperately to have a television career. His gradual morning-after humiliation over his first appearance on television is funny. His experience with air travel is a perfect depiction of it. It starts out with elation and ends in torture.

John’s colleague, Bob Bell, has problems of his own, including a young girlfriend who he’s having second thoughts about because she writes him twelve-page letters. Here’s a sample from one of her letters where she talks about a conversation with her father:

“Then suddenly out of the blue, while we were having tea, he asked which school you had been to. I had to say I didn’t know, because strange to say you’ve never told me, and he said H’mph.”

This is a minor classic.

3.6 stars
Waiso
Michael Frayn wrote some of the best plays of his era, but before becoming a dramatist, he was a newspaperman and novelist. “Towards the End of the Morning” (retitled to “Against Entropy” in the U.S., for some reason) was among his earliest ventures out of newsprint. It’s clearly a learning effort, as full of dull patches as of wondrous comic set-pieces, precursors of the classic “Noises Off.” The novel is set in a sleepy Fleet Street features department, not so different from the one where Evelyn Waugh set the beginning of “Scoop.” The distractable boss becomes fixated on becoming a chat show personality, despite lacking any discernible personality. One of his minions suffers from terminal spinelessness, and the other from terminal sleepiness, literally. The best bit in the book is a junket from hell, where the boozy planeful of sots with typewriters never reaches its destination. For those who drank in the pubs of Fleet Street, with occasional short breaks for work, as I did back before the Murdoch era, this is a joyful and true-to-life trip down memory lane. For the other 99 per cent, it will read like science fiction.
Dangerous
This is a delicious book. Michael Frayn is one of the few authors who makes me smile and laugh. The ill-fated plane trip with international reporters on board and on the tarmac is priceless. The scenes of the drunken newspaper men lurching from one airport to the next in less and less equipped aircraft contain some of the funniest material I have ever read. together with the ill-fated tv appearance of one of the main characters.
So happy Frayn's novels are in print!
Berenn
This might be classified as a forgotten classic. More people should be reading Frayn's novels, and
I thoroughly enjoyed every page of the hardscrapple lives of these newspaper people,
and I could even smell the newspaper ink on every page! Auberon Waugh was wrong about Michael Frayn,
he's right up there with Peter Devries.
Lli
This is an autobiographical novel, describing Michael Frayn's early days as a newspaperman: it doesn't have the polished brilliance of his later writing, but is a very fine book indeed.
playboy
Disappointing compared to his other books I've read (Skios and Headlong).
Dori
A fab read, very entertaining but very much the humour of it's time. loved the story but very disappointed with the end.
Boring book.
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