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Girl, 20 by Kingsley Amis
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Nov 26, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction
Read from November 26 to 28, 2011

This book, described as a comic novel, is not actually all that funny. A lot of the humor is in the form of satirical descriptions of the state of popular culture in the late 60s and 70s, as well as the portrait of Roy Vandervane, an aging leftist who chases that culture (and a 17 year old girl who epitomizes it). Unfortunately, satirical stuff has a whining tone, and perhaps I just don't share some British cultural understanding that would make Vandervane a believable character, but it ended up falling quite short of my expectations (which were high, considering that I think Amis is quite funny and like other books of his a lot). Also, the ending is a downer.
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