His opening shot at Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park is spot on in praising Austen as a writer while accurately analysing what is most annoying about this particular story.
One of his targets appears at least twice in this collection, which is religion, and in particular Christianity.
I want to find out if it's the way Kingsley Amis describes it in another of these pieces.
Amis senior has somehow been persuaded to take part as a judge. Most of them mince around with their ridiculous model walks, but one impresses him.
Is it nobler to put up with all the nasty things that luck throws your way, or to fight against all those troubles by simply putting an end to them once and for all?
Dying, sleeping—that’s all dying is—a sleep that ends all the heartache and shocks that life on earth gives us—that’s an achievement to wish for. Ah, but there’s the catch: in death’s sleep who knows what kind of dreams might come, after we’ve put the noise and commotion of life behind us. That’s the consideration that makes us stretch out our sufferings so long.I frequently annoy people by saying that I don't see the point of reading books in translation. Then why do you want to read literature in translation?I should say that it's really Kingsley Amis's fault. "Do you know: up to that moment, I'd read quite a lot of stuff in tran I frequently annoy people by saying that I don't see the point of reading books in translation. Then why do you want to read literature in translation?If you compare this collection of lit crit and pop rumination to similar recent efforts by Updike, Hitchens, or even Amis' son Martin, you'll find it far more If anyone on staff is interested, I'd be happy to submit a scan of the dust jacket of my copy. It features six snapshots of a few of the figures Amis is concerned with in his essays, Jane Austen, Christopher Lee (the actor), Charles Dickens, DH Lawrence, Peter Cushing (the actor), and Ian Fleming.If you compare this collection of lit crit and pop rumination to similar recent efforts by Updike, Hitchens, or even Amis' son Martin, you'll find it far more readable, if you're anything like me.These are particularly egregious (and illuminating of his character) in the two essays in question.I found the following quotation from the essay on Amis' political views to be exquisitely timely.Fear of death makes us all cowards, and our natural boldness becomes weak with too much thinking.Actions that should be carried out at once get misdirected, and stop being actions at all. Pretty lady, please remember me when you pray.______________________________________I am trying to persuade Not to accompany me to the Miss Fête de Genève pageant on July 28. It's a reasonable question, but I have never seen a beauty contest.He truly convinced me.______________________________________Many readers will no doubt be surprised to hear this, but until a few minutes ago I was unaware that paraphrases of Hamlet are, in fact, readily available on the Internet.For people as poorly informed as I was, here is the Spark Notes version of the soliloquy from Act 3, Scene 1: The question is: is it better to be alive or dead?