Search Results: "Kingsley Amis"


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THE ALTERATION by Kingsley Amis
Released: Jan. 20, 1976

"Too precious to take seriously (however genuine the anti-clerical anger) and too leaden to embrace."
The English Reformation never was. Read full book review >

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THAT UNCERTAIN FEELING by Kingsley Amis
Released: Feb. 23, 1955

"It's not a sure bet that British acclaim — and vanguard American criticism will overcome that uncertain American market."
A second book from one of the young English novelists (Lucky Jim was the first) continues his prodding of pomp and many circumstances, of upper class apings and ossified institutionalism. Read full book review >

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TAKE A GIRL LIKE YOU by Kingsley Amis
Released: Feb. 22, 1960

"Those looking for the expected satire and humor will find little of either — or much else to admire."
Young Jenny Bunn comes to infant-teach outside of London and is quite determined to lose the narrow-minded ideas of her north country home. Read full book review >

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THE NEW OXFORD BOOK OF LIGHT VERSE by Kingsley Amis
Released: June 1, 1978

"So: a strongly flavored selection, sparkling and accomplished and sedulously unserious, to supplement (but not supplant) Auden's more lingering measures."
"Anon. is not my favorite poet," writes K. Amis, butting against the first Oxford Book of Light Verse (1938) compiled by W. H. Auden, which includes anonymous ballads, folk songs, and nursery rhymes right along with the poems of Chaucer-to-Byron-to-Betjeman. Read full book review >

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GIRL, 20 by Kingsley Amis
Released: Jan. 12, 1971

"Thus the comic effects and comic they are become purely pleasurable perquisites — like Penny when she is handed over to Douglas — as attractive a prospect as 'the free offer of a new and prodigious set of hi-fi equipment."
This is Kingsley Amis as you know him best (after Lucky Jim and before The Green Man) in which via a fatcat Englishman, Sir Roy Vandervane, he manages to strafe the scene with an exactitude of eye and ear which is infallibly and fractiously funny. Read full book review >

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THE OLD DEVILS by Kingsley Amis
Released: March 1, 1987

"Plenty of boisterous pub crawls and witty chin-wags add up to vintage Amis."
In this bilious and booze-sodden narrative (winner of the 1986 Booker Prize), Amis once again transforms insult, ridicule, and reaction into high comic art, much of it at the expense of his own kind for a change. Read full book review >

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DIFFICULTIES WITH GIRLS by Kingsley Amis
Released: April 5, 1989

"But here bis talents are wasted on a dull sex farce that resolves itself with much cheap moralizing."
After winning the Booker Prixe for his last novel, an inspired satire on aging adulterers (The Old Devils), Amis here aims his barbed wit at an easy target—the cultural excesses of the Sixties. Read full book review >

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THE JAMES BOND DOSSIER by Kingsley Amis
Released: June 29, 1965

"As such, it's an entertaining exegesis of the compleat Bond for the compleat collector thereof."
To Fleming- With Admiration, as one of the "demi-giants" who like Jules Verne or Conan Doyle left an unmistakable imprint on the story of action/intrigue, this critique of his total OEUVRE in the face of many detractors. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1998

"Although useless as a guide to the English language, Amis's book functions as a droll literary tract and a reminder that —the price of a good style, like that of other desirable things, is eternal vigilance."
A delightfully arch, irreverent handbook for those who dare to speak or write the King's English—Kingsley Amis's English, that is. Read full book review >

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THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY by Kingsley Amis
Released: Oct. 16, 1989

"Sporadically entertaining—with occasional Amis drolleries—but too episodic, arbitrary, and just-plain-silly to sustain interest."
Don't get your hopes up, fans of The Riverside Villas Murder (1973). Read full book review >

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ONE FAT ENGLISHMAN by Kingsley Amis
Released: Feb. 26, 1963

Kingsley Amis, who has often claimed that his intention was to write funny books, has never succeeded in doing so as well as he did in Lucky Jim. Read full book review >

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THE ANTI-DEATH LEAGUE by Kingsley Amis
Released: Aug. 17, 1966

"All in all, it might be classed as an intellectual thriller— it's a work of considerable originality and agility and it should keep its readers firmly captive, midway between attention and admiration."
At the beginning of this novel which suggests very well the malignant boredom within a small British army unit engaged in an operation of an unspecified nature, one is never quite sure what is going to happen. Read full book review >