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Er whether insanity is not something with which all women are intimately acuaint. 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 your enjoymentI turned the corner to find that an ambulance had drawn up outside the entrance and the two crewmen were helping down an old fellow who going on like a madman in a Bela Lugosi movie Shock headed wild eyed wrapped in a grey blanket he was spreading his hands jerkily about in front of him as he shuffled forward not actually screaming but crying out in a high wordless voice The men told him he was fine and doing great I was trying to look like a piece of the wall and had no idea how he saw me but he did and swung and swayed round Cenote 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 Sottomissione visit his son in the mental hospital for your enjoymentI turned the corner to find that an ambulance had drawn up outside the entrance and the two crewmen were helping down an old fellow who going on like a madman in a Bela Lugosi movie Shock headed wild eyed wrapped in a grey blanket he was spreading his hands jerkily about in front of him as he shuffled forward not actually screaming but crying out in a high wordless

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Stanley and the Women

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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 inspiration for Steve Duke has said about this novel making this reader further inclined to delay the reading of The Information or another of the books he has writtenThe undersigned is ecstatic reverent barmy and in merriment whenever he reads a chef d oeuvre by the one who is among the best five writers on his list as proved by Lucky Jim Girl 20 Ending Up That Uncertain Feeling The Old Devils and Jake s Thing links for the notes on this magnum opera are provided at the end of this scribbling all of which have offered a glorious entertainment spectacular amusement just as Stanley and 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 and the husband plays drunk all the time when he is not totally inebriated to avoidconfusionThe Women in the magnum opus are depicted with cynicism and there are some uotes that make the antihero a complex character how wrapped in themselves females areshe was lucky I forgot to bring the flame thrower with mewomen are like Russians if you do exactly what they wanted you are promoting the cause of peace being constructive and realistic but if you ever stood up to them you are pursuing imperialistic designs and interfering in their internal affairswe obviously dislike the comment on women but on the Russians One comment appears to be understanding the trouble is we want to fuck them the pretty ones I mean and imagine it happening to you everyone wanting to fuck you wherever you go and being ready to pay for you if your father stopped doing that you d have to be pretty tough to stand up to that Some links for the rest

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As if it weren’t terrible enough Stanley finds himself beset on all sides by w. 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 prove that all women ever are kind rational and mentally balanced and that it is therefore the duty of all novelists to portray their female characters in this way and if they don t they have failed as novelists and human beingsPerhaps an analogy would helpWhen a Chinese or a Russian audience watches a James Bond film where the Chinese or the Russians are the baddies suppose Group A of the viewers judge the film on the basis of its cinematic ualities and its ability to entertain while the Group B folks reject it outright on the grounds that it is anti Russian or anti Chinese while the articulate of them even start lecturing earnestly everyone within earshot that not all Chinese or Russians plot to overthrow the west this is a very narrow view and perhaps even give a knowing sneer and say wryly something like Oh dear looks like the film director has never met a normal Chinese person and has become bitter about itand such Which group would you say is made up of reasonable viewers and which group of sad sacksRightWhen one is ten years old it s OK to judge books as good or bad because one likes or dislikes the characters When one is fifteen it s OK to judge books as good or bad because one agrees or disagrees with the views of the main character or the author himself should he make an appearance as straight omniscient POV which is a topic connected to the heart breaking subspecies of readers that are unable to make the distinction between the alleged views of the author and those of hisher characters but that s a separate and morbid discussionOnce one is an adult judging books thusly is a symptom and a diagnosisThe same way for example some victims of cerebral insufficiency can t read Death in Venice without flying into a rage due to perceived either vilification of homosexuality or promotion of pedophilia and similar tabloidonline forum mentality drivelNo A book of fiction is judged by the uality of the prose the characters and the structure By the amount of time it took to finish by whether you reread it again or not by whether you would recommend it to someone else by whether it made you rethink parts of your life or perhaps helped you not think and instead relax really well and such The other approach of the how dare you say all Chinese people plot to overthrow the west type isembarrassing tantrums of minds trapped in vicious loops of emotional agony which colors everything inside and outside them If pressed to the logical conclusions of their thoughts the erudite of this crowd who do admit that they can not reasonably expect that every type of person is presented positively in popular entertainment arrive upon a compulsive obsessive formula of fairness where in a film or a book for every ignorant thug Italian there must be also a kindly and cultivated Italian to balance him out for every shrill and scheming woman there must be a reasonable and straightforward one for every broken down alcoholic loser homosexual there must be a fit and sober CEO homosexual and aside from this also every conceivable stereotype must be foiled and subverted and thus every character should or less do the opposite of what the biases of the readers and the audience expects them to otherwise the book or film promotes fascism and ignoranceThe moral principles behind this silliness are noble indeed but are not really served very well by itThis book like all Kingsley Amis books following the almost brilliant Lucky Jim The Alternation and Colonel Sun excluded from the list as sideline experiments is impeccable Scott Fitzgerald wrote one A level The Great Gatsby but Kingsley Amis has managed to write a score of English B level Gatsbys which is a titanic achievement and an enormous contribution to the English literary languageAnd keeping in mind that in spite of all the toil that went into feminist theory since the 1960 s with some terrific thinkers there all that s filtered down to the pleb is the vague idea that female characters should behave either like boys with breasts or like wise semi goddesses and preferably have all sorts of phallic boots and swords on them for good measure ie the same decrepit idea of an Egyptian empress wearing a fake beard in order to be as good as a man but applied to all of pop culture the epistemological basis which the whole misogynistic bookauthor kerfuffle stands on graduates from dubious to ludicrousStanley and the Women is a book about a vaguely decent but also intensely selfish man with many character flaws and psychological blind spots surrounded by a supporting cast of other intensely selfish men with many character flaws and psychological blind spots and many intensely selfish womenwith many character flaws and psychological blind spots with the men periodically discussing with each other that the women are barking mad or even sinisterly are not barking mad but that their behavior is their type of sanity And the book works out perfectly Kingsley Amis is the greatest writer of the last wave of modernists much subtler than Tom Wolfe for example displaying an infinitely higher mastery as a weaver of nuancesIf you want to sample gorgeous nuances in popular post WWII literature you turn to John le Carre to Ross Macdonald to Ramsey Campbell to Peter Straub and last but not least indeed foremost to Kingsley Amis


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

  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

  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 cru

  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 sh

  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 thinkin

  6. says:

    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 in

  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 he knew well and writing very well indeed None of the women is perfectbut the same

  8. says:

    For such a depressing topic there sure are plenty of very funny moments and lines The party on the barge is uit

  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 off

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