The problem with these cures, the British novelist Kingsley Amis () wrote in his now-classic book “On Drink,” is that they deal only. Review: Everyday Drinking by Kingsley AmisThese recipes belong to a vanished world, in which you had to think hard as to how to get as much. ‘I don’t really like wine. Gin is for pansies, and liqueurs are best left to patent- shoed Wops’.

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The famous hangover scene in Lucky Jim is complemented here by a philosophical chapter on the hangover that is one of the great English essays of our time.

Fisher would be nodding her head from A Better World. The books were written between and ; as a guide to prices, availability and so on, they are therefore entirely out of date. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Mind you, this was before the explosion of American vineyards and beer snobs, but that’s a good thing: Kingsley Amis was one of the great masters of comic prose, and no subject was dearer to him than the art and practice of imbibing.

And if you are seeking a requiem for the pub culture and all that it meant, then this is the book for you. Along with a series of well-tested recipes including a cocktail called the Lucky Jim are Amis’s musings on The Hangover, The Boozing Man’s Diet, The Mean Sod’s Guide, and presumably as a matter of speculation How Not to Get Drunk – all leavened with fun quizzes on the making and drinking of alcohol all over the world.

Selected pages Page 1. That said, I have found ways of coping with this metaphysical malaise. Kingsley blames the brewery chains for this violence against the very heart of English society. This is why I prefer to do much of my drinking at home. At some time you will probably be forced to invite people to your home and they may expect a drink. Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Other writers, he believes, have illuminated the metaphysical hangover while ostensibly writing of something else: Dipsomaniacs are a breed of the lower orders you meet on street corners: I once tried not drinking for several hours and my wives and mistresses said how dull it was that I was conscious and they were spared removing my soiled trousers from my bloated legs.


The Distilled Kingsley Amis. A good gift book. The second is to read a book by that little shit Mart; it will either remind you you’re not that bad a writer or give you some sleep.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Champagne is an overrated girl’s drink, though it can be drunk with any food; as such, it’s a perfect breakfast drink because a scotch before 10am is very non-U. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. Kingsley dismisses the run-of-the-mill cures that you can find in any newspaper, since they omit ‘all that vast, vague, awful, shimmering metaphysical superstructure that makes a hangover a [fortunately] unique route to self-knowledge and self-realisation’.

Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis

Mixing practical know-how and hilarious opinionation, kongsley is a delightful cocktail of wry humour and distilled knowledge, served by one of our great kingsle wits. The handy quiz at the end is especially informative but really hard to use with kindle: K ingsley Amis wrote three short books on drink, which are collected for the first time here.

There isn’t much more to say, but as I’m being paid by the column I’d better repeat myself. This is pretty repetitive, a carelessly selected assortment of periodical pieces.

Experience Vintage International English Edition. Well, she put red food-coloring into the white wine, and the great Wine Snob praised his delicious drink!

Mixing practical know-how and hilarious opinionation, this is a delightful cocktail of wry humor and distilled knowledge, served by one of our great gimlet wits. These sveryday belong to a vanished world, in which you had to think hard as to how to get as much alcohol into the system for as little outlay as possible, and in which those noxious medicines Dubonnet, Martini, Advocaat and Noilly Prat stood on the sideboard, kngsley to be enlivened with vodka or gin.

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You then start insulting people, before sweating heavily and wetting yourself involuntarily. Account Options Sign in. At the start, Amis announces certain ‘general principles’ to be followed in creating drinks, all of which can be derived, by natural drinkers’ logic, from the first of them, which holds that ‘up to a point [i.

There are a great many drinks on the market – spirits, wines and beers – drimking I’ve probably drunk them all. Here is the beloved, bestselling compendium of Kingsley Amis’s wisdom on the cherished subject of drinking.

He died in at the age of And, for my two cents, he is funniest when he returns again and again to “The Wine Problem. Here’s one I invented last week for my great sycophant, Christopher Hitchens.

And Amis offers other examples: My primary observation is that drinking makes the daily grind of dealing with people so much easier.

Detalhes do produto Formato: My advice is to offer them the cheapest tipple you can find; my local off-licence does a ghastly Mosel at 70p a bottle. I think he was pretty consistent. I’ve never cared for even the best wines, and this should guarantee those poncing off you neither ask for top-ups nor stay long, thereby leaving you more money and time for the pub. The first part is a guide to various types of alcohol, cocktails, wine a beer.

It will not console you for the loss, but it will teach you how to be rude about it, with that inimitable rudeness that Kingsley perfected and which was the breast-plate across a warm, vulnerable and thoroughly decent heart.