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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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At first I was disappointed at the delayed delivery. But there is warmth in this book, it is just subtle and fairly scant.

The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis (1986)

Like Liked by 1 person. I have read and re-read “The Old Devils. It is funny for those who know the breed and yet he conveys the desperation lying underneath some of his characters with a kingslet of sympathy.

All in all the book reminds me of that lyric by the Who- ‘hope I die before I get old. An Insatiable Craving for Book… on. But it cuts another way and goes much darker, or much sadder, and that sadness is less frequently relieved with hilarity.

The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis

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.

The characters are all stuck in high school dramas. He actually felt the sweat break out now on his forehead. He has enjoyed some literary success as a poet who aspires to be another Dylan Kingsleey. If you are in a mood to be patient, the characters and the fun Amis has with them make the novel worth reading. Shoshi’s Book Blog Book reviews, reading projects and general reflections: I seem to need the tone of voice to clue me in that what is coming is intended humorously.


Stuck in a Book. Charlie tottering at the grand unveiling of the statue stands out for its dazed humour, for its Amis-like taking the piss out of a supposedly devisl occasion. Your average Celt wouldn’t turn a hair about heavy drinking, gossipy characters. Notify me of new posts via email.

The Life of Kingsley Kingsleu. Some of us have got a lot to be thankful for. Mar 11, Mark Samuels rated it it was ok.

It’s passages like this that show clearly how insult kinngsley ridicule can be transformed into decils comic art. And now, after years of modest success in London television appearances, a book or twoit’s time for Alun and his handsome wife Rhiannon to return in triumph to the little Welsh town from which they came, and take up again with the mates who knew them best, back when they were all young and hungry.

Back then he seduced and knocked up his student, Rhiannon, still something of a beauty today, whom he promptly left kignsley one Angharad, under the delusion of greener pastures. Published January 15th by Random House first published Alun Weaver, a writer of modest celebrity, returns to his native Wales with his wife, Rhiannon, sometime girlfriend of Weaver’s old acquaintance Peter Thomas. Notify me of new comments via email.

At the time, however, it came as something of a surprise. Do you disagree with me and consider it a comic masterpiece? Despite John Banville ‘s carefully-worded Introduction, by the way, this book’s political sentiments were not at all upsetting to me.

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He’s also known for championing the Welsh poet, Brydan, whom I suspec This novel is a story of old friends, married couples ddvils southwestern Wales, and how their lives change when Alun and Rhiannon Weaver return to the country after Alun’s long career in London.

But then we are known for our hot tempers not for nothing is our national symbol a fire breathing dragon and we do tend to take offence at implied slights to our national pride After only a year, he was called up for Army service in July To ask other readers questions about The Old Devils mingsley, please sign up. Does Malcolm have any real talent or is he like everyone else and not have any visible or plausible reason to exist?

PaperbackVintage Classicspages. They are nowhere near ready to go gently into that good night. I think it would be a nice antidote to Amis…. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Retrieved 8 December Pants on in the bedroom, heel and toe like the vevils but at floor level, spot of talc vevils the scrotum, then trousers two mornings out of every three or so. Well that’s splendid news, by George,” comes the reply. 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.