The Road from the Monument

The Road from the MonumentStorm Jameson S Fine Novel Tells The Story Of Two Men, Their Beginnings, Ambitions, Wives, Failures, Successes.Gregory Mott Is Seen At First Solely Through The Eyes Of Other People The Old Man Who Taught Him When He Was A Child His Aristocratic Wife His Oldest Friend, Lambert Corry And Harriet Ellis, At One Time His Mistress And Still His Close Friend He Is A Religious Man, A Writer Whose Anglican Beliefs Have Had Considerable Influence For The Past Ten Years He Has Been A Successful Director Of The Rutley Institute Of Arts What Man Could Be Happier Or Sercure But Suppose Such A Man Makes An Error, Social Or Moral And Makes The Further Blunder Of Denying It During A Journey Abroad This Happens Afterwards, In London, Truth Eats Its Way Into His Life Through The Defences Of Fear, Vanity, Self Deception, Egoism Friends, And His Religious Assurance Itself, Fail Him, And Step By Step He Is Driven To Look At Himself In The Clearest Bearable Light.The Other Man, Lambert Corry, Makes No Errors.And, Though At One Moment He Runs Some Risk Of Recognising Himself, His Prudence And Agility Save Him From This Danger.Apart From The Journey Through France And The Scene In A Pilgrimage Village In Switzerland, The Action Takes Place In London, Much Of It In Mott S House On The North Side Of Hyde Park.The View From This House, Seen At Different Times Of Day Or Night, At Different Seasons, Forms The Background For A Novel Which Is Both A Social Comedy And The Account Of One Man S Unwilling Discovery Of Himself. An odd book, and perhaps even odd because Jameson is such a good writer Greg Mott is a highly regarded author, and the director of an artistic institute He came from humble beginnings his father was a destitute ex seaman, and the shame he graduated from Sheffield University but he has made something of himself, a great man of letters, with important friends and acquaintances I have to wonder if Mott were based on Evelyn Waugh, although Waugh went to Oxford The Road from the Monument opens with the retirement of a public school teacher he s been there sixty years, wasn t even qualified when he started, and has been paid a pittance throughout his tenure The teacher spotted Mott s potential early, and spoent his own money to put Mott through university After leaving the school, he goes down to London to see what Mott has made of himself and realises that Mott s intelligence and wisdom pretty much skin deep He goes back gom edisappointed The story then focuses on Mott s second in command, Lambert Corry, his best friend at school, who went to Oxford, became a civil servant, rose through the ranks but then resigned to take up a position at the institute Unlike Mott, he is not a successful author Although the plot of The Road from the Monument is ostensibly a