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As if it weren’t terrible enough Stanley finds himself beset on all sides by w 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 cruel in its utter indifference to the emotional range of most livesUsed without sensitivityinstead of scathing social commentary we get value judgements and cheap wit that does nothing to illuminate anything than the authors preconditioned stanceIn the case of KA this stance is clearly moldy old patriarchal elitism mysogymyand casual racism that Amis explicity defends as normalcommon garden varietyHe is concerned about his next drink and anxious comparing accents and nursing his ego than getting a grip on the situation he finds himself in when his only childfrom his first marriagehas what we might politely call a nervous breakdown or mental health issuesotherwise and in this book known as going bonkersflipping outraving madAt first I took the crassness of KA's attitude in stridefeeling sureseeing as he is such a distinguished author and all that the characters expressing such banalities were straw men I was counting on our hero the narrator Stanley to illustrate the uintessential wrongness of such contagious pessimismBut wait a minute I chose this particular book to read as an introduction to KA because it claimed on the back to be about a middle aged parent dealing with a child's rough transition into 'the real world' This does enter into the storybut in fact the title gives it away This is never about Steve the disturbed son who appears only peripherallyas a kind of subplot in Stanleys life Stanley is far concerned with maintaining the delicate balance between himself and the women in his lifeand exonerating himself from any blame in his sons issues Of course he doesnt even get that rightgiven his actual fear and loathing of all womenmade tolerable only by attaching himself to women he can subdue Independence of spirit as shown by his first wife is regarded as being unhingedselfish and deludedThere were a few interesting points madeespecially in the thread given to Steve's mysterious condition that eludes diagnosis His absolutely frightening psychiatrist is well donebut any insight gleaned from KA's send up of the entire proffession is too meagre and disconnected to justify reading this book Ignition if Mitologii subiective it weren’t terrible enough Stanley finds himself beset on all sides by w While I have struggled myself to overcome the tendencey I have nothing against the detachedironic point of viewSometimes the tone Between Heaven and Mirth is just right for the materialbut too often Biogenealogy it Sobre el anarquismo (Biblioteca de Divulgación Anarquista is not an entirely satisfactory outlet of expression affirming supercilliousness and a 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first I took the crassness of KA's attitude The White Lantern in stridefeeling sureseeing as he Kingsbane (Empirium, is such a distinguished author and all that the characters expressing such banalities were straw men I was counting on our hero the narrator Stanley to Learning To Dance illustrate the uintessential wrongness of such contagious pessimismBut wait a minute I chose this particular book to read as an 901 FRANCE ROUTES AUTOROUTES 2019 FRANCE ROUTIERE MAXI FORMAT RECTO introduction to KA because ¡Dilly-ding, dilly-dong!: Leicester City, el triunfo más improbable de la historia del fútbol inglés it claimed on the back to be about a middle aged parent dealing with a child's rough transition La locura de saltar contigo into 'the real world' This does enter The Five Chinese Brothers into the storybut The Future Aint What It Used to Be in fact the title gives Roomies it away This Adventures of Superman Vol. 3 is never about Steve the disturbed son who appears only peripherallyas a kind of subplot Virgin Wanted in Stanleys life Stanley The Message Ministry Edition: The Bible in Contemporary Language is far concerned with maintaining the delicate balance between himself and the women Lie With Me in his lifeand exonerating himself from any blame No Feelings Involved in his sons El libro de sinAzucar.org issues Of course he doesnt even get that rightgiven his actual fear and loathing of all womenmade tolerable only by attaching himself to women he can subdue Independence of spirit as shown by his first wife One Wore Blue (Cameron Saga: Civil War Trilogy, is regarded as being unhingedselfish and deludedThere were a few Size Matters interesting points madeespecially ¡Oh, lorem ipsum! in the thread given to Steve's mysterious condition that eludes diagnosis His absolutely frightening psychiatrist On the Edge (Dublin Nights, is well donebut any Snakewood insight gleaned from KA's send up of the entire proffession 88 Poems is too meagre and disconnected to justify 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Stanley and the Women

Omen neurotic half baked critical or just plain capricious and he begins to wond 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 thinking is just that the character and not necessarily the author Some reviewers have apparently missed that pointStanley Duke a middle aged Londoner had a son Steven who developed schizophrenia This forced him against his preference to spend time with his ex wife a woman of doubtful mental stability herself Every conversation with her was walking on thin ice waiting for her to raise hell about what he said how he said it or what he didn't sayThis also reuired visits to a female psychiatrist who hated him so much she went out of her way to blame him for the son's illness and whose animosity caused her to lose her objectivity and endanger Steven's recovery At the same time Stanley had to work as advertising head at a newspaper deal with a freeloading cheapskate editor and freuently encounter a former lover now a friend He also looked after Steven befriended his ex wife's new husband who drank heavily and acted drunk when he's not to avoid confronting the ex wife and talked to his general practitioner and an older psychiatrist who had doubts about the female psychiatrist's techniue His new wife was helpful but her mother and sister who visited freuently made no effort to conceal their disdain for him and his son

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Er whether insanity is not something with which all women are intimately acuaint 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 can be said of the men The story does notresolve all of the complications of the plot Actuallythe narration ends at some point and the reader can onlyguess how these characters will continue to get on in lifeMaybe Amis wrote a seuel? Even if not it is a good storythough those who want everything wrapped up by the lastpage should look elsewhere


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 confused But always likeable likeable because he is true and concerned His portrait of his ex wife and his present wife are biting although at the beginning he is certainly taken with and devoted to that present wife But the male characters don't really fare much better They're mostly foolishly powerless sots To the extent it can be said to be misogynistic its a misogynism that is earned And a misogynism that is wonderfully comic Amis's male characters in his fiction have suffered much worse Grow upAs a corrective if you like read Amis followup novel The Old Devils It just might be the best novel ever written about romantic love between two old people that I've ever read The genuine feeling the male protagonist has for a woman he loved and lost and comes into contact with again is so heartfelt that it is amazing Read it and you'll see that Amis's views of women are complex and can't be so readily dismissed This is what gives his work body and texture


  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 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 sacks?RightWhen 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


  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 cruel in its utter indifference to the emotional range of most livesUsed without sensitivityinstead of scathing social commentary we get value judgements and cheap wit that does nothing to illuminate anything than the authors preconditioned stanceIn the case of KA this stance is clearly moldy old patriarchal elitism mysogymyand casual racism that Amis explicity defends as normalcommon garden varietyHe is concerned about his next drink and anxious comparing accents and nursing his ego than getting a grip on the situation he finds himself in when his only childfrom his first marriagehas what we might politely call a nervous breakdown or mental health issuesotherwise and in this book known as going bonkersflipping outraving madAt first I took the crassness of KA's attitude in stridefeeling sureseeing as he is such a distinguished author and all that the characters expressing such banalities were straw men I was counting on our hero the narrator Stanley to illustrate the uintessential wrongness of such contagious pessimismBut wait a minute I chose this particular book to read as an introduction to KA because it claimed on the back to be about a middle aged parent dealing with a child's rough transition into 'the real world' This does enter into the storybut in fact the title gives it away This is never about Steve the disturbed son who appears only peripherallyas a kind of subplot in Stanleys life Stanley is far concerned with maintaining the delicate balance between himself and the women in his lifeand exonerating himself from any blame in his sons issues Of course he doesnt even get that rightgiven his actual fear and loathing of all womenmade tolerable only by attaching himself to women he can subdue Independence of spirit as shown by his first wife is regarded as being unhingedselfish and deludedThere were a few interesting points madeespecially in the thread given to Steve's mysterious condition that eludes diagnosis His absolutely frightening psychiatrist is well donebut any insight gleaned from KA's send up of the entire proffession is too meagre and disconnected to justify reading this book


  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 short and there are too many good worthy books out there to read


  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 thinking is just that the character and not necessarily the author Some reviewers have apparently missed that pointStanley Duke a middle aged Londoner had a son Steven who developed schizophrenia This forced him against his preference to spend time with his ex wife a woman of doubtful mental stability herself Every conversation with her was walking on thin ice waiting for her to raise hell about what he said how he said it or what he didn't sayThis also reuired visits to a female psychiatrist who hated him so much she went out of her way to blame him for the son's illness and whose animosity caused her to lose her objectivity and endanger Steven's recovery At the same time Stanley had to work as advertising head at a newspaper deal with a freeloading cheapskate editor and freuently encounter a former lover now a friend He also looked after Steven befriended his ex wife's new husband who drank heavily and acted drunk when he's not to avoid confronting the ex wife and talked to his general practitioner and an older psychiatrist who had doubts about the female psychiatrist's techniue His new wife was helpful but her mother and sister who visited freuently made no effort to conceal their disdain for him and his son


  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 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


  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 can be said of the men The story does notresolve all of the complications of the plot Actuallythe narration ends at some point and the reader can onlyguess how these characters will continue to get on in lifeMaybe Amis wrote a seuel? Even if not it is a good storythough those who want everything wrapped up by the lastpage should look elsewhere


  8. says:

    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


  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 offensive and every woman save one comes off as absolutely unbalanced


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