Search Results: "Patrick Kingsley"


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HOW TO BE DANISH by Patrick Kingsley
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Though the scope of the book is small and the style conversational, Kingsley renders the quality and complexity of life in Denmark with an outsider's fresh perspective and a journalist's sharp instincts."
A book so engagingly written and incisively reported that it will make readers who have never given a second thought to Denmark give at least passing thought to moving there. Read full book review >

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THE NEW ODYSSEY by Patrick Kingsley
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A powerful firsthand account of a crisis that will continue to receive even more attention in the years to come."
Bravely following the refugee crisis from the Middle East to the European Union as it gains volume and urgency. 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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EREC REX by Kaza Kingsley
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"The author cuts no slack for readers unfamiliar with the previous volumes, but her tale continues to tumble along briskly and will please fans of the less earnest fantasists. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The young quester with dragon's eyes undertakes Tasks Three and Four of the Twelve with which he's been charged in this third episode, and learns a little more about his true family to boot. 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 >