Take a Girl Like You (Patrick Standish and Jenny Bunn #1)
"The best novel Amis has written; it has the comic gusto, the loathing of pretension that made LUCKY JIM so engaging and high-spirited." (Listener)
"Incendiary stuff...a really formidable blaze. This is his most interesting so far...and no less...more
Amis handles this with a surprisingly light touch. If Jenny knew too well what she was waiting for, it would have been hard to sympathize with her or like her. The fact that she doesn’t really know, but doesn’t want to do anything that she can’t take back is just a charming aspect of her youth. What we ...more
I will mention, however, that Amis has an ability to capture drunkenness and associated effects that is unsurpassed.
One of the larger problems is that Amis’s prose is constricted by realism. This is the inclination of what Rub ...more
I liked Jenny Bunn from the start. Through the story she exuded a certain something, an innocence and a sense of humour that appealed to me. I found I couldn’t wait, for her sake, the sexual revolution of the mid 1960s, just so that she – in her 30’s - could break the bounds imposed of her by the Patrick Standish.
Kingsley Amis described Patrick for what he was, a Master of Arts, and a cad, frequently a counterfeit, someone that a fairly liberated woman, or a hard one, once said of him ‘you’ll ma ...more
These sentences are what made me stifle giggles all through Lucky Jim. Unfortunately, they are noticeable chiefly by their rarity in this novel. The one I marked was as good as an ...more
Kingsley Amis was born in Clapham, Wandsworth, Couty of London (now South London), England, the son of William Robert A ...more