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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The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis (1986)

You are commenting using your WordPress. All of those hours with nothing to stay sober for.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What we get is the startling beautiful accuracy of Amis’s observations of real people men AND women for once leading their shabby real lives.

Man Booker Prize I get the feeling that his novels are very much a product of their time. Even if there is a segment of the population that takes umbrage at his depiction of Wales, they surely have to acknowledge that with The Old Devils, there is clearly old life in that old devil Amis.

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He is adept with the men, but I am mingsley cogitating about the women. The Old Devils is very insular and appears very dated as well — I mean it would kingsleh seemed dated to me when it came out as I was 16 at the time and I would have avoided it like the plague. The Old Devils, by Kingsley Amis. The temptation here is to start reeling off supporting quotes again, especially some beauties relating to bowel movements and farting.


Most blunt and wonderful is the invitation: Refresh and try again. All sorts of stuff, for instance what had been taking place a little earlier, seemed much as before, or at any rate not different enough kingsleh start making a song and dance about.

Was this a stupid thing to do? Lewis eventually rejects the whole monied, corrupt scene and moves to a mining town where he feels more in touch with his Welsh roots.

The next paragraph is just as compelling, and the next. Women come in for scathing, bitter criticism throughout, by all the men, for being incomprehensible enemies liable to make emotionally wounding attacks at any moment.

But they were soon past there now and on to where she had tue been for at least ten years, probably a good deal more.

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It took some time, but the characters in The Old Devils–elderly friends in South Wales who spend most of their time discussing the condition of being Welsh–grew on me as I worked my way through the chapters. Excessive drinking, adolescent posturing, massaging old memories and complaining about the physical indignities of the aging body seem to dominate the lives of these figures.

Feb 04, Janis rated it liked it. Notify me of new posts via email. You are drawn into their lives, their little kindnesses, their colossal rudeness and unhappiness. Short of that, she would most probably have Rosemary with her, back from her evening out or somewhere with William Thomas, who seemed to have been around since first light or thereabouts.


Remind me not to grow old while simultaneously being Welsh and fixated on my regrets. I often struggle to catch the humor of written satire. Please try again later.

Despite John Banville ‘s carefully-worded Introduction, by the way, this book’s political sentiments were not at all upsetting to me. Turning it into a charade, an act, a place full of leeks and laver-bread and chapels and wonderful old characters who speak their own highly idiosyncratic and often curiously erudite kind of language.

Email required Address never made public. I kept waiting for the humor to begin, but it never did. Books I want to share with you. With a conviction undimmed by having survived countless run-offs he felt that everything he had was lost and everyone he knew was gone.

All of those hours with nothing to stay sober for.

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Side by side is a commentary on love and marriage, characterized more like a war of the sexes type thing. I have read Lucky Jim and I really liked it. Topics Books Books blog. Old age Amis would have done us a favour if he had produced a penetrating novel kingslsy old age since we now, inare more aware than ever of the coming boom in numbers of the elderly, living longer, dominating our society, requiring expensive healthcare and support.