Download Epub Format ☆ Stanley and the Women PDF by Ë Kingsley Amis Another brilliant book by Amis It s remarkable that his books are so incredibly hilarious but underneath it all is a real sadness or melancholy.
Con el clima feminista y pol ticamente correcto que vivimos ltimamente a Kingsley Amis lo hubieran crucificado, aunque supongo que la gente con sentido del humor sabr a sabr apreciarlo porque el libro no est nada mal A m me ha gustado, no tanto como La suerte de Jim pero mucho m s que Los viejos demonios no aburre, la prosa es aguda y est lleno de situaciones estrafalarias y divertidas Ayuda leer el pr logo, en el que explican la raz n de la particular opini n del se or Amis sobre las mujeres.
While I have struggled myself to overcome the tendencey, I have nothing against the detached,ironic point of view.
Sometimes the tone is just right for the material,but too often it is not an entirely satisfactory outlet of expression, affirming supercilliousness and a narrow,rigid style of observation that can seem cruel in its utter indifference to the emotional range of most lives.
Used without sensitivity,instead of scathing social commentary we get value judgements and cheap wit that does nothing to illuminate anything than the authors preconditioned stance.
In the case of KA, this stance is clearly moldy old patriarchal elitism mysogymy,and casual racism that Amis explicity defends as normal,common garden variety.
He is concerned about his next drink and anxious comparing accents and nursing his ego than getting a grip on This book made me so angry I ripped it up directly after finishing it It s the worst piece of misogynistic garbage I have ever read and nothing can induce me to read another book by Kingsley Amis I didn t believe, then, in not finishing a book no matter how much it disgusted me but now I have decided life is too short and there are too many good, worthy books out there to read.
In de memoires van Martin Amis Experience, 2000 wordt de moeizame verhouding met zijn vader Kingsley beschreven en tegelijk een openhartige blik op het literaire werk van de oude meester geworpen Vrouw en vijand lag verstikkend dicht tegen het pijnrooster aan Ik voelde bij Kingsley dat zijn evenwicht zoek was Dat mag een typisch Brits understatement genoemd worden, want zonder kromme tenen is deze curieuze roman niet door te komen In zijn weliswaar prachtig doorwrochte schrijfstijl worden we in de wereld van Stanley Duke geplaatst, verkoper van advertentieruimte bij een grote krant en voor de tweede maal getrouwd een mannetjesputter met het liefst doorlopend een borrel in de hand Als zijn zoon wordt opgenomen in een psychiatrische kliniek raakt Stanley de greep kwijt op zijn vooringenomen zekerheden omtrent de vr
Sad, but humorous in many places and insightful about women, who should not read this book It should be remembered that it is written in the first person, which means that what the main character is saying and thinking is just that the character, and not necessarily the author Some reviewers have apparently missed that point.
Stanley Duke, a middle aged Londoner, had a son, Steven, who developed schizophrenia This forced him, against his preference, to spend time with his ex wife, a woman of doubtful mental stability herself Every conversation with her was walking on thin ice, waiting for her to raise hell about what he said, how he said it, or what he didn t say.
This also required visits to a female psychiatrist who hated him so much she went out of her way to blame him for the son s illness and whose animosity caused her to lose her objectivity and endanger Steven s recovery At This is Amis s view of how a man from South London lives inthe 80 s London, emphasizing his relationships with variouswomen his current wife, his ex wife, a doctor in charge oftreating his son for madness, etc Since Amis was himself fromSouth London, one may wonder if this is auto biographical.
In any event, Amis is writing about a world he knew well and writing very well indeed None of the women is perfect,but the same can be said of the men The story does notresolve all of the complications of the plot Actuallythe narration ends at some point, and the reader can onlyguess how these characters will continue to get on in life.
Maybe Amis wrote a sequel Even if not, it is a good story,though those who want everything wrapped up by the lastpage should look For such a depressing topic there sure are plenty of very funny moments and lines The party on the barge is quite funny Then there s this bit, as an example, when Stanley is going to visit his son in the mental hospital, for your enjoyment I turned the corner to find that an ambulance had drawn up outside the entrance and the two crewmen were helping down an old fellow who going on like a madman in a Bela Lugosi movie Shock headed, wild eyed, wrapped in a grey blanket, he was spreading his hands jerkily about in front of him as he shuffled forward, not actually screaming but crying out in a high wordless voice The men told him he was fine and doing great I was trying to look like a piece of the wall and had no idea how he s
Some would believe that getting intensely angry at the perceived slight to one s gender s honor due to the female protagonists in the book being portrayed as neurotic and selfish, is behavior that only helps prove that all women ever are kind, rational, and mentally balanced, and that it is therefore the duty of all novelists to portray their female characters in this way, and if they don t they have failed as novelists and human beings.
Perhaps an analogy would help.
When a Chinese or a Russian audience watches a James Bond film where the Chinese or the Russians are the baddies suppose Group A of the viewers judge the film on the basis of its cinematic qualities and its ability to entertain, while the Group B folks reject it outright on the grounds that it is anti Russian or anti Chinese , while the articulate of them even start lecturing earnestly ever As If It Weren T Terrible Enough, Stanley Finds Himself Beset On All Sides By Women Neurotic, Half Baked, Critical Or Just Plain Capricious And He Begins To Wonder Whether Insanity Is Not Something With Which All Women Are Intimately Acquainted