Old Devils

ISBN-10: 159017576X

ISBN-13: 9781590175767

Edition: 2012

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Age has done everything except mellow the characters in Kingsley Amis’s late masterpieceThe Old Devils, which turns its humane and ironic gaze on a group of Welsh married couples who have been spending their golden years—when “all of a sudden the evening starts starting after breakfast”—nattering, complaining, reminiscing, and above all, drinking. This more or less orderly social world is thrown off-kilter, however, when two old friends unexpectedly return from England: Alun Weaver, now a celebrated man of Welsh letters (but still, nevertheless, a “frightful shit”), and his entrancing wife, Rhiannon. Long-dormant rivalries and romances are rudely awakened, as life at the Bible and Crown, the characters’ local watering hole, is changed irrevocably. Winner of the 1986 Booker Prize, and considered by his son Martin to be Amis’s greatest achievement—a book that “stands comparison with any English novel of the [twentieth] century (except of courseUlysses)”—The Old Devilscombines the author’s trademark wit and bile with an altogether less characteristic warmth. Few novels have described the physical and emotional attrition of ageing with the candor, sympathy, and moral intelligence that Amis brings to bear on his old devils.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 10/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Kingsley Amis is generally considered one of the "angry young men" of the 1950s. He was born in London in 1922 and educated at the City of London School. He received a degree in English language and literature from St. John's College, Oxford, in 1947. Until 1961 Amis lectured in English at University College, Swansea, and for the following two years at Cambridge. In 1947 Amis published his first collection of poems, Bright November. Frame of Mind followed in 1953 and Poems: Fantasy Portraits in 1954. His first novel, Lucky Jim (1954), established his reputation as a writer. He followed with That Uncertain Feeling (1956), and I Like It Here (1958). A longtime James Bond devotee, Amis wrote a James Bond adventure after the death of Ian Fleming in 1964. Amis's study of the famous spy was titled The James Bond Dossier (1965). Amis received the Booker Prize for the Old Devils (1986). Amis's later works include Memoirs (1990), and The King's English, a collection of essays on the craft of writing well. Amis was knighted in 1990. He died in 1995.

Lee Child is the pen name of Jim Grant. He was born in Coventry, England in 1954. He attended law school at Sheffield University, worked in the theater, and finally worked as a presentation director for Granada Television. After being laid off in 1995 as a result of corporate restructuring, he decided to write a book. The Killing Floor won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel and became the first book in the Jack Reacher series. In 2012 the first motion picture feature of Jack Reacher was released staring Tom Cruise.

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