Search Results: "Kingsley Amis"


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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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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Released: Feb. 7, 1965

"Most of the characters are faceless but one of them could be Peter Sellers."
The Egyptologists are the members of the Metropolitan Egyptological Society housed in London, and just what goes on or comes off in the Isis Room is not revealed until the end of this long legpull. 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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I WANT IT NOW by Kingsley Amis
Released: March 12, 1969

"MPSLUGMISTER Amis' noticing eye takes in everything and you'll like his ingenuously appealing Simon Quick."
Kingsley Amis, like John Braine, has been the subject of a good deal of retrospective critical lament—the golden boys of the '50's who turned out to be merely brassy commentators of the '60's. Read full book review >