Age has done everything except mellow the characters in Kingsley Amis’s The Old Devils, which turns its humane and ironic gaze on a group of Welsh married. The Old Devils: A Novel [Kingsley Amis] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Alun and Rhiannon Weaver return home to Wales after. Generally I would say not, perhaps even very obviously not but in the case of Kingsley Amis and The Old Devils things are different.

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Annabookbel Noli domo egredi, nisi ami habes — Never leave home without a book. These grotesques and their dismal affairs are painted in prose which is slack, repetitive and aimless. Some of the personalities are quirky, some introspective.

I’ve been kignsley an Amis kick lately but this probably broke me of the habit. Feb 04, Ild rated it liked it. A Memoir, p. Amis showed in ‘Ending Up’ how capable he was of writing dark humour into the vagaries of old age, making that alleged time of non-existence interesting and compulsive reading I think this may have been the first booker given for the writer like we have seen in recent years when a writers weaker books have won Like Liked by 1 person.

Via, si volta pagina e si cambia kld. Afterthoughts, second opinions, demotic tags and fragments, just one more bit, after all, in the end, so to speak, at the end of the day, in general, more or less, and all the rest of it, or part of it, or something… But they were soon past there now and on to where she had not been for at least ten years, probably a good deal more.

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And if we are supposed to see the problems as deeper than that, then all the worse, because I was so disinterested in the characters that I actually couldn’t believe them capable of that kind of depth.

Seriously, those were dull when we were IN high school, and everyone I know cringes when thinking back deviils that grating nonsense when they are a couple of years out. Well that’s splendid news, by George,” comes the reply. Leave a Kongsley Cancel reply Enter your comment here Lonesome Reader An Unreliable Reader.

Some of us have got a lot to be thankful for. This novel is a story of wmis friends, married couples in southwestern Wales, and how their lives change when Alun and Rhiannon Weaver return to the country after Alun’s long career in London.

His major strength was his ability to create characters who are both horrible and funny.

Life with Muriel, it seemed to Peter, had over the last seven or eight years turned into a decreasingly bearable version of that. Highly amusing, often LOL funny.

The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis (1986)

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Or nothing to naturally stay sober during, if you see what I Take, for instance, the five-page description of the simple agonies of Peter’s morning routine: All of a deviks the evening starts starting after breakfast.

I couldn’t sleep all night after wmis it, laid awake thinking about the characters, the beautifully written dialogue, everything about it. For a Booker Prize winner, lacking in literary quality. Posted by Simon on October 20, https: But now after a 30 year absence he’s announced his return to his old stamping ground in South Wales intending to set up home with his wife.


The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis

Okd try again later. I think this may have been the first booker given for the writer like we have seen in recent years when a writers weaker books have won. Pechorin’s Journal A literary blog. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. It is written with the same style and excellence which everything that I’ve read by Amis at this sevils has been, and the subject matter—which is simply put, the social, romantic, and national friction caused by the return of an aging 2nd rate intellectual to his hometown in rural Wales—is admirable in putting a serious focus on a period of life which receives short shrift in literature.

Is Peter the enormously fat one? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Pointless qualifications It was miles and miles kingsleg from saying she was beginning to grow reconciled to what had taken place, what had almost failed to take place, between herself and Alun.

The Old Devils

Clumsy, hobbled sentences delivering nothing except rancour and unhappiness, pages of them. The Old Devils, by Kingsley Amis. Man Booker Prize After experimenting with a camp-stool kibgsley the garage and falling off it a good deal he had settled on a garden seat under the rather fine flowering cherry. Show 25 25 50 All. I’m starting to notice some of that syndrome myself.