Saturday, August 25, 2018

From comic to tragic …

… Take a Writer Like Him: My Complicated Love Affair with Kingsley Amis - The Millions. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

One of the lesser-known names on the list was Patrick Standish, the main male character in Take a Girl Like YouKingsley Amis’s 1960 novel. In his era, of course, Amis was a near-ubiquitous man of letters who wrote novels as well as movie and restaurant reviews, poetry and criticism. He’s not nearly as widely read now, despite the New York Review of Books recently reissuing much of his catalogue. If people know Amis’s work, they tend to know his name-making first novel, 1954’s Lucky Jim, or perhaps The Old Devils, which won the Booker Prize in 1986. It’s a shame, because Take a Girl Like You is among his best—a great work of art, deeply moral and wonderfully realized. A lost classic.

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