Set in London during the mid 1960s, this novel explores the twin jungles of sexual liberation and office politics in a distinguished literary publishing house. Kingsley Amis also wrote "The Green Man", "The Riverside Villas Murder" and "That Uncertain Feeling".
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Patrick Standish, "hardly going bald at all" at 37, reads girlie magazines and is having an affair with the woman next door. His over-accommodating wife Jenny, 28 and still childless seven years after her miscarriage, cozies up to gamy ex-Washington journalist Oswald Hart in an effort to bring her cad of a husband to his senses. The Standishes' sexual and emotional warfare forms the hub of Amis's wobbly satirical lunge through late 1960s London. Besides Patrick, other men having "difficulties with girls" include Timothy Valentine, who left his wife to try homosexuality; Simon Giles, pompous manager at the publishing firm where Patrick works; and Stevie and Eric, a gay couple prone to flamboyant arguments. With Swiftian glee, Amis deflates a menagerie of poets, publishers, academics and other snobs, phonies and egomaniacs. Yet on the whole, his satire is a flaccid, tedious affair that could have been set in the '80s as easily as in the '60s.
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX009173505X
Book Description Hutchinson, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 009173505X