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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In a charming and funny way, he instructs the uninitiated in driniing to drink like a gentleman, and does a fine job. Hilly’s coming to change my IV drip before I fall unconscious again.

Drihking occasionally gets a look in, but it is clear that Kingsley despised the stuff, as representing an alcohol-to-price ratio far below the horizon of a real drinker’s need. Gosh is that the time? 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 primary observation is that drinking makes the daily grind of dealing with people so much easier.

Everyday Drinking Quotes by Kingsley Amis

Topics Kingsley Everydya The Observer. The first is to fuck someone; preferably somebody else’s wife, but if your own is the only one around then she will do.

His apprenticeship as a drinks-man began with quiet conversations among smoke-blackened trophies, with drink as but one component in a profoundly English routine dietilled social consolation.

My advice is to offer them the cheapest tipple you can find; my local off-licence does a ghastly Mosel at 70p a bottle. Well, you aren’t reading this for social history. Doctors assure us that wherever you find an elderly, pompous old writer long past his prime you will find a bottle of scotch nearby. My weight has gone down to 19st with this diet.

Usually in some kind of combination with one another. Along with a series of well-tested recipes including a cocktail called the Lucky Jim are Amis’s musings on Eveeyday 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 drinkibg quizzes on the making and drinking of alcohol all over the world.


Liqueurs are best left to patent-shoed Wops. To the violence of the brewers, however, has been added that of the politicians, who have banned the activity – smoking – that brought people from their homes of an evening, and which both conserved and overcame their shyness. Have I mentioned that I’m partial to a Macallan? You drink a pint of whisky and become the life and soul of the party. If you don’t serve them wine even “plonk,” British English for “rotgut”you instantly lose social status.

Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis: Kingsley Amis: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Kingsley dismisses the run-of-the-mill cures that you can find in any newspaper, since dostilled omit ‘all that vast, vague, awful, shimmering metaphysical superstructure that makes a hangover a [fortunately] unique route to self-knowledge and amsi.

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.

The handy quiz at the end is especially informative but really hard to use with kindle: The first part is a guide to various types of alcohol, cocktails, wine a beer. A good gift book. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.

You’ve read Lucky Jim, now try drinking it

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 I once tried not drinking for several hours and my wives and mistresses said how kignsley it was that I was conscious and they were spared removing my soiled everydsy from my bloated legs. And if you are seeking a requiem for the pub culture and all that it meant, then this is the book for you. The one downside to drinking is that it can make you fat.


Here’s one I invented last week for my great sycophant, Christopher Hitchens. Detalhes do produto Formato: And, for my two cents, he is funniest when he returns again and again to “The Wine Drinkimg. The publisher can bloody well pad out the rest of the book with a pointless quiz without me.

It saves so much time. 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 that Kingsley’s ordeal-filled life could be expected to present.

Amis keeps it light, never snooty, and tries to educate you about drinking.

My own sainted mother once worked her own way around “The Wine Problem,” when she realized that one of her guests Kinbsley Wine Snob would drink only red kingley — and, thirty minutes before dinner — she had only white wines.

At some time you will probably be forced to invite people to your home and they may expect a drink. Here is the beloved, bestselling compendium of Kingsley Amis’s wisdom on the cherished subject of drinking.

Everyday Drinking Quotes

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. Judging from the effect of the smoking ban on our village pub, this great English institution has now been consigned to history. This is remedied by cutting out food entirely and drinking all spirits without mixers.

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