Metroland is divided into three sections. In the first section, we meet Toni and Chris as schoolboys who share a devotion to the intangible values of art, and a constant desire to ‘épater le bourgeois’ through displays of adolescent cheek. Their belief in the enhancing nature of Art leads them to examine religiously their own physiological responses when listening to records or looking at pictures. At this stage, Chris views ‘metroland’ with disdain as a kind of suburban wasteland where his family happen to live, an area whose only distinction is to be devoid of any at all. The two friends deride everything conventional and career-orientated – they visualise their own future as being ‘artists in residence at a nudist colony’.
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