Books - Review

Showing all books by: Kingsley Amis

The Alteration
A young talented choir boy is subject to the whim of his elders and betters who decide he should be castrated to preserve his incredible singing talent into adulthood. Set in an imaginary world where history has resulted in the whole of Europe becoming Catholic under a Yorkshire Pope, the kid has to decide whether all he has heard about the joys of sex are worth giving up for his singing career, and the glory of god.
Good. Lots of references to classical cultural things, lots of which I don't get being a bit of a cultural ignoramus, but still a good story anyway. Good 'twist' at the end! (He he he)
Score: 7.5
Published: tbc
Read: September 29th 2002

Lucky Jim
Young university lecturer Jim struggles against the establishment, and his weird suicidal girlfriend. Has some great scenes when he gets invited to Prof's house for the weekend, and has to do singing, and then burns his sheets with his cigarette and tries to hide it...
Very funny.
Score: 8
Published: 1954
Read: August 5th 2003

Ending Up
The story of four elderly 'friends' who share a house in the country, and mostly get on each others nerves, but endure each others' company mainly for practical reasons.
A bitter little story, but quite funny in places. The characters seemed a bit shallow and unlikely, I thought.
Score: 6.5
Published: 1974
Read: September 12th 2012