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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And Amis offers other examples: 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’. Hilly hid mine after I fell up the stairs when I came home from the Garrick yesterday, and I’ve had to make do with a bottle of Blue Nun I found in the maid’s parlour.

Here is the beloved, bestselling compendium of Kingsley Amis’s wisdom on the cherished subject of drinking.

This is why I prefer to do much of my drinking at home. The Distilled Kingsley Amis. Formas de pagamento aceitas: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: It saves so much time.

In a strange sort of way, Kingsley Amis does for drink what Anthony Bourdain does for food: If only that were the case.

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. Gin is for pansies, though a snifter with water doesn’t go amiss. Mind you, this was before the explosion of American vineyards and beer snobs, but that’s a good thing: Account Options Sign in.


Spirits prevail over the stuff that might soften their impact, as illustrated by the Lucky Jim, which consists of 12 to 15 parts vodka to one part vermouth and two parts cucumber juice, and there is a drink for just about every ordeal kngsley Kingsley’s ordeal-filled life could be expected to present. 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.

Who will buy this? If found this to be the most entertaining and informative part of the book. I am not particularly sure that Amis is utterly scientific on the topic of drink who is?

The introduction was written by Christopher Hitchens and there are recipes. Gosh is that the time?

You’ve read Lucky Jim, now try drinking it

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. I think he was pretty consistent. 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 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.

Kingsley blames the brewery chains for this violence against the very heart of English society.

Review: Everyday Drinking by Kingsley Amis | Books | The Guardian

Other writers, he believes, have illuminated the metaphysical hangover while ostensibly writing of something else: Compartilhe seus pensamentos com outros clientes. There’s nothing worse than a man who everyfay 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.


At some time you will probably be forced to invite people to your home and they may expect a drink. The publisher can bloody well pad out the tye of the book with a pointless quiz without me. He was the author of more than 20 novels, including the classic Lucky Jim. Mixing practical know-how and hilarious opinionation, this is a delightful cocktail of wry humour and distilled knowledge, served by one of our great gimlet wits.

Amis keeps it light, never snooty, and tries to educate you about drinking. Usually in some kind of combination with one another. 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.

Each xistilled is packed with observations that, in their utter disregard for political correctness, social inclusiveness and phoney compassion, are as punchy and uplifting as the vile cocktails they describe. You will usually find that everyone quickly avoids you, thereby relieving you of the need to make conversation.