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Kingsley Amis

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1PaulDalton
Modifié : Déc 28, 2012, 7:12am

NYRB Classics are going to be publishing a lot of Kingsley Amis titles over the next few years, starting with Lucky Jim and The Old Devils. He's not the type of writer that I would immediately associate with the series.
I've never read him but I've ordered Lucky Jim. Are there any group members who know his work well?

2urania1
Oct 8, 2012, 11:07pm

From my perspective, he is obnoxiously sexist.

3AsYouKnow_Bob
Modifié : Oct 8, 2012, 11:53pm

Are there any gruop members who know his work well?

(Tentatively raises hand...)

As a general rule, his early stuff is better than the later stuff. The sexism was always present, but it was more mainstream in the '50s; and, while Amis did change with the times, remarkably, it was in a retrograde direction.

(Similarly: in the '50s, Amis was a fan and proponent of 'jazz' - - but by the 1970s, he found Miles Davis unacceptable.)

That said, he was generally a reliable craftsman; I've read most of his output, and can think of only a couple real clunkers (from late in his career...).

4Marensr
Déc 27, 2012, 1:13pm

I enjoyed Lucky Jim but that is the only work I know. It is more frivolous in the vein of The Dud Avocado but with a hapless man as the central character. It is also a send up of academia which is always fun. I can see what Urania says too, but I enjoyed my limited experience with him.