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Angry Old Man?!
on 26 October 2003
This book has a long and distinguished history and it is nice to see it being reissued 50 years after its first publication. All the brouha about Amis and the ANgry YOung Men aside, if you go a little deeper you will see that this was actually the novel that started it all off in 1953. I guess that in those days, the story of a graduate dropping out of polite society to become a window cleaner (and then a drugs courier, hospital porter, chauffeur and other working class jobs) was more shocking than it would be now...But Hurry On Down is actually very funny, with forays into the dark side of human behaviour, and has a comic sense of occasion that compares well with the offerings of Sir KIngsley a year later. It is also sharply observed - a real young man's novel. I loved it again, many years after first reading it, and I think it should again be very popular in its fiftieth year!