Kingsley Amis is one of England's finest men of l...more
Flower power packs a powerful topsy-turvy punch on nearly everybody in the late 1960s, even a renowned 54-year old symphony orchestra conductor in London. This is one Kingsley Amis novel I found to be highly engaging, entertaining and, such a pleasant surprise, actually funny – and for a clear-cut reason: the novel is first-person, the narrator, Douglas Yandell, a wishy-washy 34-year old aesthetically attuned classical musician and music critic continually speaks words and makes observations sca ...more
I thought this was hilarious, but it’s very British: I imagine it’ll verge on foreign-language novel or period piece for most U.S. readers. But if you speak (sorry, “have”) conversational public-school English, you’ll recognize enduring, comic, and—actually—universal...more
This is not to say the book is disap ...more
As comic as this book is, there are many sobering moments that are frighteningly insightful. What seems like a romp ultimate turns out to a be a pretty profound novel about age and responsibility, free will and the affects of our choices on ourselves and loved ...more
This is a trip into early 70s southern middle class England. Our narrator is Douglas Yendall, a thirty something sophisticated man who reviews classical music and doesn't 'get' youth culture. In particular it follows his story with the Vandervane family. Head of the household - only in title though - Sir Roy Vandervane (big name in classical music circles) is having an affair with a 17 year old bratt, Sylvia. It's tearing his family life apart: his wife Kitty is falling ...more
I did not.
Possibly I do not understand 1970s British satire. The loss, no doubt, is mine.
Possibly I did not follow the musical threads of the novel, therefore missed the funny ...more
Kingsley Amis was born in Clapham, Wandsworth, Couty of London (now South London), England, the son of William Robert A ...more