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 section that really took it out of him was the actual donning of clothes, refined as this had been over the years, and its heaviest item was the opener, putting his socks on. August 21, at A balance between the kind of Anglicised ubiquity which means “Everywhere new here is the same as new things in England, whether it’s the university or the restaurants or the supermarkets or what you buy there.

Guardian News and Media Limited. It’s that rare and precious thing — a novel that is a delight from start to finish. Cue countless barbed riffs on Pays-De-Gallic posturing. I couldn’t sleep all night after reading it, laid awake thinking about the characters, the beautifully written dialogue, everything about it. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

I thought I might have enjoyed this more, given certain of the themes; but I actually found it something of a slog in the end.

Booker club: The Old Devils

I can’t even bother to put it on my list of most hated because at least with, say, Atonement, McEwan had the decency to write a thoroughly despicable, self-absorbed horrorshow of a human being kkngsley act as narrator for that otherwise dull book.

There are notable similarities between the way Amis Snr was regarded then and his son Martin is now. I really should have read Lucky Jim first but I had this one to hand and I thought it would be better than it was.


Viewed through the reverse telescope of history, Kingsley Amis ‘s success at the Booker prize seems like the natural culmination of a long and distinguished writing career. You are commenting using your Facebook account. I have read Lucky Jim and I really liked it. Deivls Read Edit View history.

The Old Devils

Because they are mainly retired, their day starts winding down shortly after breakfast and so they start drinking. One of the main story strands, for instance, follows professional Welshman Alun born Alan Weaver and his return to “this land of river and hill” from a successful career he has carved out in London by banging on about his affinity to “Brydan” a thinly disguised stand-in for Dylan Thomas.

Another theme is aging and how we come to live with our choices, muddling through, thinking everything will sort itself out in the end. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

Everybody had been in their twenties then; well, round about thirty. We spend this novel in the company of several Welsh couples who have been socially linked for decades.

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The Old Devils is a novel by Kingsley Amisfirst published in Dec 06, Irene rated it liked it. I think I would have caught far more of the humor had I seen it performed as a play which it could easily be adapted to.

I also quite like dated books as it can be the closest we get to time-travel, allowing us to escape the homogeneity of current day morality and revils. Then there’s Charlie, the book’s purest alcoholic, who’s been suffering lately from panic attacks, and his wife Sophie, the first old flame to succumb to slick Alun’s inexplicable charms.

Amis makes him a figure of ridicule, an ageing lothario with questionable literary skills, who essentially wants Wales to remain in some kind of time warp. They just desperately try to keep talking whenever she’s around so she isn’t able to cut in with one of her interminable monologues about New Zealand tribal customs.


If devls does, find a copy and enjoy.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Maybe I was just not in the mood for this book but I certainly wouldn’t have called it a comedy and I’m amazed at the quote on the back that calls it a ‘bloody funny lovely bloody book’.

In my Stanley review I said this has at least three effects: Feb 04, Janis rated it liked it. There’s this bit at the end, where one of the characters gets dressed down for writing a pompous little bit of novel that purports to, but fails, to capture Wales. Alun begins associating with a group of former friends, including Peter, all of whom have continued to live locally while he was away.

The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis

Stuck in a Book. PaperbackVintage Classicspages. Old age Amis would have done us a favour if he had produced a penetrating novel about 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. His earlier novel about old age, the cruelly black comedy Ending Upis more penetrating and a lot shorter.

I’ve been on an Amis kick lately but this probably broke me of the habit.