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5.0 out of 5 stars Amis on top form, 27 May 2014
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Success contains some of the best writing I have ever seen. When I first read it I was immediately launched onto a ten-year Amis Only project, during which I killed time before the next Amis novel by re-reading all his others. You can imagine what that was like when there were only three of them. Yes, I know them all by heart.
Success is a bit dated now, marked by the casual racism and sexism of the 1970s: people just wouldn't say some of the things the characters say, these days. It is abundantly clear that Amis is not approving of these views, by the way. He is singling them out for particular contempt. But that will not stop some readers calling him out for racism and sexism.
It is a kind novel, even a loving one. The satireformatted to the teeth and unforgiving, but ultimately it calls for a compassionate response in the reader. It is also one of the funniest books I have ever read.
I wish he would return to this form and stop trying to be Hitch or his dad all the time. He is a better poet than either.
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Initial post: 28 May 2014 20:58:26 BDT
Mike Collins says:
Good call but casual sexism and racism are just as endemic today, you don't have to look too far. Plenty of Philip Larkin refs here. I thought it might be 'A Study of Reading Habits' that inspired this book but maybe not. I'll have to go through the Collected; post if you know. Anyway, one helpful vote coming your way, S.E. Ta.

Posted on 9 Sep 2014 11:35:55 BDT
munkster says:
Hi S.E. I discovered Amis when I was 15; there was a battered copy of this novel in the school library (no stamp--guess it was left by a teacher) which I appropriated. That was it. I too know them all by heart! I bought London Fields with my English prize book token. When the local dignitary presented me with it, he whispered "Rather rude, this, isn't it?" "Yes, sir!" Trilled I gleefully. I lost said knackered copy many years ago so am going to buy it again. Looking forward to returning to it :) thanks for your review, it's nice to read of another female Amis fanatic. There don't seem to be many about...
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