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Take a Girl Like You by Kingsley Amis
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May 08, 10

It's not always pretty when Amis is on about women (The Russian Girl and Stanley and the Women are both sort of ridiculous), but the unelaborated kneejerk conclusion that his handling of the date rape here must therefore be problematic is just asinine. That it was more or less inevitable in this story doesn't mean Amis is excusing it. And in the broader context of the conflict between Jenny's "provincial" morality and Patrick's more "cosmopolitan" outlook, it's clear that while most of Amis's heroes (and, I imagine, the man himself) find the latter to be useful, they ultimately can't shake the former. And it's clear where Amis's sympathies lie. (Of COURSE the ending was meant to be depressing.)

Anyway, not quite as funny as Lucky Jim, and a good deal more complicated, but still very entertaining.
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