EVERYDAY DRINKING THE DISTILLED KINGSLEY AMIS PDF

I can definitely see how the constituent parts of this book would work well as columns. But they fall flat in the anthology format, in large part because Amis is so darn repetitious. We hear the same bon mots re: Scotch time and again, for example. The quiz section at the end conveys a few snippets of useful information, but most of the trivia is, well, too trivial. Not to mention outdated and, in some cases, just plain wrong--there is virtually no mention of New World wines, for example, and Amis contends that sake is meant to be served warm. Amis is obviously an excellent, extremely influential writer--I now understand where Anthony Lane copped his style.

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Five shots of Angostura very bitters Two tablespoons of bile Two or three glasses of this tincture can give you a lifetime of self-satisfaction. At some time you will probably be forced to invite people to your home and they may expect a drink.

My advice is to offer them the cheapest tipple you can find; my local off-licence does a ghastly Mosel at 70p a bottle. It is well known that only the very dullest of petit-bourgeois minds fail to over-imbibe on a daily basis, so I regard hangovers as a price worth paying for my brilliance.

That said, I have found ways of coping with this metaphysical malaise. The one downside to drinking is that it can make you fat. This is remedied by cutting out food entirely and drinking all spirits without mixers.

My weight has gone down to 19st with this diet. Liqueurs are best left to patent-shoed Wops. Or Americans. I loathe pubs with loud music, but my utmost detestation is reserved for sanctimonious ex-topers. 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. Gosh is that the time? The publisher can bloody well pad out the rest of the book with a pointless quiz without me.

Q: Who will buy this? A: No one. The digested read digested: The old pub bore.

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Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis

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. This new volume brings together the best of his three out-of-print works on the subject. Along with a series of well-tested recipes including a cocktail called the Lucky Jim the book includes Amis s musings on The Hangover, The Boozing Man s Diet, What to Drink with What, 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. 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. This time is necessary for searching and sorting links.

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This article possibly contains original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. October Learn how and when to remove this template message Amis is widely known as a comic novelist of life in mid to late 20th-century Britain, but his literary work included many genres — poetry, essays and criticism, short stories, food and drink writing, anthologies, and a number of novels in genres such as science fiction and mystery. Before becoming known as a poet, Larkin had published two novels; Amis originally wished to be a poet and turned to writing novels only after publishing several volumes of verse.

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Five shots of Angostura very bitters Two tablespoons of bile Two or three glasses of this tincture can give you a lifetime of self-satisfaction. At some time you will probably be forced to invite people to your home and they may expect a drink. My advice is to offer them the cheapest tipple you can find; my local off-licence does a ghastly Mosel at 70p a bottle. It is well known that only the very dullest of petit-bourgeois minds fail to over-imbibe on a daily basis, so I regard hangovers as a price worth paying for my brilliance. That said, I have found ways of coping with this metaphysical malaise.

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