Search Results: "Kingsley Amis"


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KINGSLEY AMIS by Eric Jacobs
Released: June 16, 1998

"Nor does Jacobs himself, who has written an evenhanded and refreshingly direct profile of the man: the soldier, the husband, the father, the boozer, the adulterer, and, above all, the novelist. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A lucid, unvarnished biography of novelist Kingsley Amis (who died in 1995), father of Martin and one of Britain's famously outsize literary personalities. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF KINGSLEY AMIS by Zachary Leader
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2007

"A fastidious effort to portray the mighty Kingsley in his full glory."
Latest of several biographies of the British comic novelist, written by the editor of his letters and sanctioned by his son, the novelist Martin Amis. Read full book review >

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KINGSLEY by Carolyn O'Neal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"An uneven dystopian tale, with intriguing ideas undercut by odd plot contrivances, but sporting a strong cast of varied and complex women."
This debut novel of environmental collapse intertwines apocalyptic fiction with the multigenerational family epic. Read full book review >

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MEMOIRS by Kingsley Amis
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Depthless, but the pace and variety will keep many awake."
Amis's "autobiography"—or, more accurately—portraits of his acquaintances after a few opening chapters on his family, school days, and life at Oxford. Read full book review >

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JAKE'S THING by Kingsley Amis
Released: June 26, 1980

"The Amis prose glitters throughout as shark-toothily as ever, but the Amis bile isn't the geyser it once was-more like a leaky faucet."
A savage, often unfunny and unfocused adieu to sex—at least as it's practiced in the "permissive society." Read full book review >

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ON DRINK by Kingsley Amis
Released: Oct. 24, 1973

"MPSLUGMISTER Amis."
Amis disclaims all responsibility for dipsomaniacs (a special case) but this should be everyone else's indispensable guide to alcoholic bliss. Read full book review >

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THE RIVERSIDE VILLAS MURDER by Kingsley Amis
Released: Sept. 1, 1973

"Not much of a game, as we indicated (a bloodied victim walks through the windows of Peter's house to lie fallen cold and dead) — not as seductive as his ghost story The Green Man — but a bit of cheerful nostalgia for those who mourn the demise of the red herring on the garden path."
Kingsley Amis, that literary traveling man, has written about the classical detective story which he admires (particularly John Dickson Carr's wheezy Dr. Fell) and now he has emulated the form which succeeds far better as a send-up than a story — that is a crime story since these elements, particularly the denouement, are sheer "kerfuffle." Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 8, 1971

"The right bright word is always in its right, striking place."
"The man's name is Ames," said the late Evelyn Waugh so pontifically that the discussion of Mr. Amis's work was broken off at that point. Read full book review >

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THE RUSSIAN GIRL by Kingsley Amis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Vintage Amis — as divisive, compelling, and hilarious as the Bobbitt trial."
As pleasantly cantankerous as ever, the venerable Kingsley Amis (We Are All Guilty, 1992) once again casts his gimlet eye on the vanities of the age. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1990

"Lots of wonderfully gratuitous gibes at Amis' familiar betes noires brighten an already luminous work."
One of modern literature's greatest curmudgeons appears to be going soft in his old age. Read full book review >

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THE GREEN MAN by Kingsley Amis
Released: Aug. 19, 1970

"If none of it coalesces altogether, there is still Mr. Amis' catchy, sophisticated talk which however small is always diverting."
Mr. Amis' new novel, superficially at least, is a ghost story in which his hero Allington who runs The Green Man (a very elegant inn but also a haunted house) is beset on all sides—by his own nocturnal hallucinations, by everpresent hypochondria, and by the encroachment of delirium tremens since he drinks a bottle a day. Read full book review >

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WE ARE ALL GUILTY by Kingsley Amis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"For a far more perceptive look at Britain's underclass, try Gillian Cross's Wolf (1991); unlike Amis's book, it has vibrantly individual characters and a compelling plot. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Like some other established adult authors, Amis (Lucky Jim; The Old Devils, Booker Prize, 1986) seems to imagine that his expertise qualifies him to write for young people; unfortunately, he has come up here with a simplistic, condescending book. Read full book review >