‘Albert Angelo’ by B S Johnson

Albert Angelo book coverB S Johnson’s second novel, published in 1964, was Albert Angelo [New York: New Directions, 1964].  It’s a novel for those who like something different from basic linear narratives, despite the fact that its chapters are called Prologue, Exposition, Development, Disintegration and Coda.  Albert recounts his life; by vocation an architect but who earns his living as a supply teacher in the post-war London of austerity, bomb sites and general despondency.  He isn’t much good as a supply teacher but, as a qualified teacher aged 28, is it surprising his parents think it is time he took on a permanent job? Read more ...