One of the most unexpected of these authors turned out to be Kingsley Amis, whose books I’d picked up here and there in different editions: the rebarbative yellow Gollancz hardbacks, versions with that scattered-objects cover design that was so popular with publishers in the 1960s, chic modern-classics relaunches and one 1970s paperback () with a cover so lurid that I hadn’t been able to read it on a train. This took me back. I would have said, if asked, that was a classic and that and are both underrated and insightful novels of their time. But was I an admirer of the work as a whole? Well, I had every novel, including and ,some two dozen in total. So evidently yes. Did I agree with most of what they had to say? Hardly at all. They stayed and have gone on being disagreed with.
Thursday, October 07, 2021
Considering what one has read …
… The Old Devil by Philip Hensher. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)