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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That said, I have found ways of coping with this metaphysical malaise. You will usually find that everyone quickly avoids you, thereby relieving you of the need kignsley make conversation. In one handsome package, the book covers a full shelf of the eevryday riotous and erudite thoughts on the drinking arts: 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.

If you are sufiiciently aware, according to Kingsley Amis, to remember aspirin before going to sleep, then you obviously weren’t having a good time.

If you don’t serve them wine even “plonk,” British English for “rotgut”you instantly lose social status. Elsewhere, Amis laments the destruction wrought on the English pub.

Here is the beloved, bestselling compendium of Kingsley Amis’s wisdom on the cherished subject of drinking. There is at least one wildly inaccurate assertion by Amis te the effect that martinis were the drink of John Rockefeller. The old pub bore. Kingsley blames the brewery chains for this violence against the very heart of English society.

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Detalhes do produto Formato: Selected pages Page 1. And now that I’m dead, there’s no harm in Bloomsbury repackaging the same material several times in the same collection. Habilitado Leitor de tela: Not that I am an alcoholic. Compartilhe seus drikning com outros clientes. 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.


Whisky is my favourite tipple, though I recommend never giving it to a Welshman as it’s wasted on someone with an IQ of less than My library Help Advanced Book Search.

He wrote one of the funniest novels everyvay written “Lucky Jim” and a great black comedy “Ending Up. Seja o primeiro a avaliar este item Lista de mais vendidos da Amazon: If only that were the case.

In a charming and funny way, he instructs the uninitiated in how to drink like driinking gentleman, and does a fine job.

The digested read: Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis | Books | The Guardian

He was the author of more than 20 novels, including the classic Lucky Jim. The books were written between and ; as a guide to prices, availability and so on, they are therefore entirely out of date. A philanderera boozer and I assume a misanthrope, he should be a pleasure to read on drink and egeryday ,he is. Its recipes are based on spirits, the repeated recourse to which enabled Kingsley to suffer fools if not gladly, then at least with a recognition that their defects are largely human.

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Experience Vintage International Sveryday Edition. And if you are seeking a requiem for the pub culture and all that it meant, then this is the book for you. The introduction was written by Christopher Hitchens and there are recipes. My weight has gone down to 19st with this diet.

If found this to be the most entertaining and informative part of the book. Kingsley Amis was one of the best-respected British novelists of the midth century. The Rub of Time: The digested read digested: It is an excellent heartener and sustainer at the outset of a hard day: Spirits prevail over the stuff that might soften their impact, as illustrated by the Lucky Jim, which consists ajis 12 to 15 parts vodka to one part vermouth and two parts cucumber juice, and there is a drink for just about every ordeal that Kingsley’s ordeal-filled life could be expected to present.

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This consolation was arbitrarily destroyed during the Seventies by one-armed bandits, kitsch signs and the conversation-stopping noise of pop music.

He started off as a young Communist, but sooner or later began to come to his senses, and ended up as great friends with the likes of Robert Conquest. 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. The War Against Cliche: Formas de pagamento aceitas: Mixing cocktails is one of my favourite hobbies.

Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis

These recipes 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 amks Noilly Prat stood on the sideboard, waiting to be enlivened with vodka or gin.

Topics Kingsley Amis Digested read. Thus Paul Fussell’s Milk Punch one part brandy, one part bourbon, four parts milk, plus nutmeg and frozen milk cubes is ‘to be drunk immediately on rising, in lieu of eating breakfast. Gin is for pansies, though a snifter with water doesn’t go amiss.