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As if it weren’t terrible enough Stanley finds himself beset on all sides by w While I have struggled myself to overcome the tendencey I have nothing against the detachedironic point of viewSometimes the tone is just right for the materialbut too often it is not an entirely satisfactory outlet of expression affirming supercilliousness and a narrowrigid style of observation that can seem cruel in its utter indifference to the emotional range of most livesUsed without sensitivityinstead of scathing social commentary we get value judgements and cheap wit that does nothing to illuminate anything than the authors preconditioned stanceIn the case of KA this stance is clearly moldy old patriarchal elitism mysogymyand casual racism that Amis explicity defends as normalcommon garden varietyHe is concerned about his next drink and anxious comparing accents and nursing his ego than getting a grip on the situation he finds himself in when his only childfrom his first marriagehas what we might politely call a nervous breakdown or mental health issuesotherwise and in this book known as going bonkersflipping outraving madAt first I took the crassness of KA s attitude in stridefeeling sureseeing as he is such a distinguished author and all that the characters expressing such banalities were straw men I was counting on our hero the narrator Stanley to illustrate the uintessential wrongness of such contagious pessimismBut wait a minute I chose this particular book to read as an introduction to KA because it claimed on the back to be about a middle aged parent dealing with a child s rough transition into the real world This does enter into the storybut in fact the title gives it away This is never about Steve the disturbed son who appears only peripherallyas a kind of subplot in Stanleys life Stanley is far concerned with maintaining the delicate balance between himself and the women in his lifeand exonerating himself from any blame in his sons issues Of course he doesnt even get that rightgiven his actual fear and loathing of all womenmade tolerable only by attaching himself to women he can subdue Independence of spirit as shown by his first wife is regarded as being unhingedselfish and deludedThere were a few interesting points madeespecially in the thread given to Steve s mysterious condition that eludes diagnosis His absolutely frightening psychiatrist is well donebut any insight gleaned from KA s send up of the entire proffession is too meagre and disconnected to justify reading this book Der Schweizerische Robinson on all sides by w While I have struggled myself to Ensorcelled The Erotic Adventures of Jane in the Jungle Book 9 overcome the tendencey I have nothing against the detachedironic point The Poems The Collected Works of W B Yeats of viewSometimes the tone is just right for the materialbut too Sylvia Pankhurst often it is not an entirely satisfactory Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts outlet Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts of expression affirming supercilliousness and a narrowrigid style The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series of Book of Isms observation that can seem cruel in its utter indifference to the emotional range バガボンド 1 of most livesUsed without sensitivityinstead Расул Гамзатов Стихи of scathing social commentary we get value judgements and cheap wit that does nothing to illuminate anything than the authors preconditioned stanceIn the case Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble of KA this stance is clearly moldy Microsoft Office Excel 2007 for Project Managers old patriarchal elitism mysogymyand casual racism that Amis explicity defends as normalcommon garden varietyHe is concerned about his next drink and anxious comparing accents and nursing his ego than getting a grip Uncle Tom's Cabin; 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the Women have just done and surely the all other works by Amis Sr will do when the time comes to engage with them soon enough Insha AllahStanley Duke is the narrator and hero for feminists and surely others he is the ultimate antihero in that he seems to have a bizarre outmoded chauvinistic take on the Women who is going through a serious crisis after his son Steve comes to his house one evening claiming to have walked all the way from the Victoria station upon just returning from his girlfriend Mandy who is in Spain a moment that is followed by an ever increasing tension with signs that the young man is barmy since he first throws massive uantities of water all over the mirror the floor then breaks the glass and soon after the television set in his mother s house and then the mad behavior becomes the normThe main character is married to Susan a woman that appears normal kind understanding patient in the first place but would become complex until revelations about her past conduct expose a very different personage one that does not stand competition and has to have her way so much so that she would stop going to school to be tutored in private and at one moment would throw a bottle of champagne thorough the window to explode on the street and while for some time she supports her spouse in his efforts to cope with the mad manifestations of her stepson the situation would take a dramatic turn once the husband states that the priority at that moment is Steve and his illnessWhen a nadir is reached after Steve takes Herzog from the bookshelves torns the cover plays Mahler at an absurdly loud volume becomes violent at his mother Nowell the father brings in doctor Nash a reasonable man though he shares a very negative view on women with the main character and this one has the disturbed son diagnosed with schizophrenia modified later as schizophrenic syndrome committed to a hospital where he is under the supervision of a bizarre unhinged woman Trish Collings that takes some inappropriate decisions eventually threatening to release the patient if the parent challenges her in what is the most extreme malpracticeEven when dealing with traumatic catastrophic events Kingsley Amis has the uniue unparalleled humor and writes that there was no sign of Stevelike pools of blood or blazing furniturethe nearest thing would have been an award winning Mexican movie made in black and white on purpose and called Las somethingyou ve got good and bad in every crowd You know like GermansI thought you took him off his drugs and he tried to join the Arab Secret Service went up a tree to insulate himself from blokes trying to read his mind with radio waves and went for his mother in law with a knife Indeed the trajectory of the rambling son is dramatic for after the initial annoying disturbing seuence of events Stanley is called by a police superintendent at the Embassy of a fictional Arab state where Steve has tried to offer some information on the Israeli intelligence agents previously the deranged character had been ranting about Jewish conspiracies but when his statements have proved wrong some scuffle ensued though as to what had happened the British official has a different version from what the foreigner had suggested the result is that the boy has a black eye and had been apparently beaten in the embassyOne night the hero is off on some unexpected adventure with his editor during which he meets with the husband of his first wife Bert Hutchinson who proves to have a different personality from what we readers and narrator had been led to think he has for when at home he explains that there are only two possibilities to be right or happy he is either drunk or pretends to be to avoid clashing with Nowell the woman who had apparently left Stanley and married Bert in order to get acting parts which would be available given that her second spouse is in television but when that scenario would not prove to have basis in reality the relationship soured 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10 thoughts on “Stanley and the Women

  1. says:

    Despite the ire displayed here by some silly ideologues this is really a first rate novel by the inimitable Kingsley Amis He creates a character with an authentic voice a character that is both comically befuddled and ultimately depressingly confused But always likeable likeable because he is true and concerned His portrait of his ex wife and his present wife are biting although at the beginning he is certainly taken w

  2. says:

    This is an impeccable novelSome 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

  3. says:

    While I have struggled myself to overcome the tendencey I have nothing against the detachedironic point of viewSometimes the tone is just right for the materialbut too often it is not an entirely satisfactory outlet of expression affirming supercilliousness and a narrowrigid style of observation that can seem cruel in its utter indifference to the emotional range of most livesUsed without sensitivityinstead of scathing social commentary

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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 pointStanley Duke

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    Stanley and the Women by Kingsley Amis10 out of 10From a certain point on it may not matter what others say about a Magnum opus you like indeed even if they consider it in fact a ‘mean little novel in every sense sour spare and viciously well organized’ as the son of the genius Kingsley Amis Martin Amis who might well be the i

  7. says:

    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 biographicalIn any event Amis is writing about a world h

  8. says:

    For such a depressing topic there sure are plenty of very funny moments and lines The party on the barge is uite funny Then there's this bit as an example when Stanley is going to visit his son in the mental hospital for y

  9. says:

    hilarious misogynistic fab

  10. says:

    My nineteenth Amis book and the first one that I've considered calling misogynist The final pages are truly offensive and every woman save one comes off as absolutely unbalanced

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