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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It turns out that Peter and Rhiannon used to date and there was an incident from their past that Xevils finds it difficult to forget. Was this lingsley stupid thing to do? Well, it did pick up a bit, especially with the Peter character, concerning his relationship with his wife and grown-up son, as well as his past relationship with Rhiannon.

Also there were vaguely funny incidents such as the whole group getting thrown out of their local pub by the landlord who verbally abuses all of them. All of a sudden the evening starts starting after breakfast.

All of those hours with nothing to stay sober for. Never caught him listening to any of them but it was an hour taken care of.

Some of us have got a lot to be thankful for. Everybody had been in their twenties then; well, round about thirty. Now, from round about seventy, all those years of maturity or the prime of life or whatever you called olc looked like an interval between two bouts of vomiting.

Has anybody else read The Old Devils? Did you like it? Do ikngsley disagree with me and consider it a comic masterpiece?

Filed under Amis, KingsleyFiction. I have read Lucky Jim and I really liked it. I just bought Take A Girl Like you and am going to read that one next. What I used to fear was that they were only going to be about the upper-classes and would be very parochial. French, Russian, American etc. The Old Devils is very insular and appears very dated as well — I mean it would have seemed dated to me when it came out as I was 16 at the time and I would have avoided it like the plague.


Like Liked by 1 person. But I started Vile Bodies and quickly started shrugging. See my other comment here about Amis jr. I read Take a Girl Like You in the mid-eighties a good twenty years after publication and it felt dated.

I get the feeling that his novels are very much a product of their time. Some of my favourite books have unlikeable characters, but they are in those cases interesting characters. I also quite like dated books as it can be the closest we get to time-travel, allowing us to escape the homogeneity of current day morality and sensibilities. I also found that I liked parts of the book when I was re-reading them in order to write this post.

Maybe KA just needed a good editor. It is, at least, easy to read. Well, the Booker has certainly been subject to all those criticisms over the years. I loved The Siege of Krishnapur — have you read that one? I think it would be a nice antidote to Amis…. I really should have read Lucky Jim first but I had this one to hand and I thought it would be better than it was.

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.

The same thing happens with the Oscars. Was there any sneering towards the uncultured lower orders of society by any chance? I concur about Bukowski. I related to the joys and failings to blue-collar workers, having been one myself for years. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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