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The Anti-Egotist: Kingsley Amis, Man of Letters Hardcover – Aug 1 1994


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Aug. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195087364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195087369
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,467,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. M Purcell on Aug. 23 2002
Format: Hardcover
"For all the sometimes rowdy comedy attending Amis's depictions of meanness, his understanding of its psychology is complicated and serious. It is, if funny, also immoral, so little and minimal, practiced by wee men only. And it betrays neurosis, implying constant "paranoid" watchfulness lest one be had. It keeps one on a constant stretch of attentive calculation, and this finally becomes a substitute for thought, as well as replacing an objective interest in things outside oneself."
"I feel STRETCHED", Bilbo Baggins after having the One Ring for a while.
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By A Customer on June 26 1999
Format: Hardcover
I had to have this one - an intersection of two writers I've admired for some time. Fussel is probably the ideal person to write such an appraisal. As mentioned above, the lack of critical theoryspeak is most welcome. The interpretation of Amis as a moral satirist (which isn't a category that you see very much) provides a useful key to most of his work (fiction, poetry, and prose alike.) If you're a fan of the work, you'll enjoy this - it's like having a chance to sit down across from an intelligent, perceptive reader who likes the same things you do.
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Essential for Amis fans June 26 1999
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Format: Hardcover
I had to have this one - an intersection of two writers I've admired for some time. Fussel is probably the ideal person to write such an appraisal. As mentioned above, the lack of critical theoryspeak is most welcome. The interpretation of Amis as a moral satirist (which isn't a category that you see very much) provides a useful key to most of his work (fiction, poetry, and prose alike.) If you're a fan of the work, you'll enjoy this - it's like having a chance to sit down across from an intelligent, perceptive reader who likes the same things you do.
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Remarkable book Aug. 23 2002
By B. M Purcell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"For all the sometimes rowdy comedy attending Amis's depictions of meanness, his understanding of its psychology is complicated and serious. It is, if funny, also immoral, so little and minimal, practiced by wee men only. And it betrays neurosis, implying constant "paranoid" watchfulness lest one be had. It keeps one on a constant stretch of attentive calculation, and this finally becomes a substitute for thought, as well as replacing an objective interest in things outside oneself."
"I feel STRETCHED", Bilbo Baggins after having the One Ring for a while.

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