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The Old Devils af Kingsley Amis
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The Old Devils (1986)

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Malcolm, Peter and Charlie and their Soave-sodden wives have one main ambition left in life- to drink Wales dry. But their routine is both shaken and stirred when they are joined by professional Welshman Alun Weaver (CBE) and his wife, Rhiannon.
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Get a drink, sit back, relax and enjoy. Not clear to me why this won the Booker Prize, but I guess they were celebrating 'difference'. Nearest I can get to a comparison would perhaps be Three Men in a Boat - not much happens of any consequence but how brilliantly it's described. As I'm in the same (or even older) age bracket as our heroes, I'm disappointed that the best old devils I can muster is for the occasional lads' day out. ( )
  NaggedMan | Apr 13, 2021 |
De vraag is of de schrijver zijn eigen opvattingen door de personages laat weergeven of dat het de bedoeling is een beeld te geven van mensen waarvan hij de opvattingen bespottelijk vindt.

Erg interessant is het boek in feite niet. Toch was net dat misschien de bedoeling. Een groep onlangs gepensioneerden te beschrijven die terugkeerden naar hun streek van herkomst na een carrière in London. Behalve onbenullige gesprekjes over persoonlijke bekommernissen voeren de personages geen enkel diepzinnig gesprek. Hun leven bestaat nog nauwelijks uit meer dan zuipen.

Een opvallend thema is de Welse identiteit. De Welse cultuur en de taal wordt geminacht en is nog slechts een eigenaardigheid waar men mee te koop loopt. Ook hier weer is de vraag of dit de opvatting van de schrijver zelf is. ( )
  Rodemail | Jan 14, 2021 |
Time to review The Old Devils, eh? Let me get some supplies.

"First into the cargo space went, in quick time, a carton of drinkables: twelve-year-old Scotch, classy spring water to put in it, gin, tonics, a rare bottle of Linie-Aquavit from Oslo, a much commoner bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream…one each of Asti Spumante and Golden Sweet Malaga…four large cold Special Brews in wet newspaper...and a spot of coffee liqueur and other muck…"

That, my dears, is what the star couple of old devils takes with them on a four-day trip with one other couple. There is so much drinking in this novel, that I often felt vicariously dizzy.

The story is set in motion by the return to Wales of Alun Weaver, Welsh poet and TV personality, and his wife Rhiannon, after several decades’ absence. Their arrival stirs up a brew of old loves, losses, and resentments, many of them acted out in bars and other drunken revelries.

Most of the characters are of retirement age, and the book begins with a careful description of each main fellow’s morning routine, right down to one’s constant struggle with constipation. But there are tender moments too, such as insights into decades-old relationships, as well as brutally honest observations on literary academia, the role of wives, and the modernization of Wales. I can’t say I got all the Welsh jokes, but I got enough of the humour to be laughing out loud more than once. So grab a scotch and tuck in. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
Quite good, although not quite as good as Lucky Jim. But then, old age itself is rarely as good as youth. Anyway, both the 'boozing' and the 'Welsh' passages give the impression that he knew only too well what he was writing about. ( )
  Stravaiger64 | Sep 29, 2019 |
A group of longtime friends in a small, tatty Welsh town...the men meet up at the pub, the wives have drinks parties. There's still plenty of booze, adultery and rancour over past affairs, but tempered with the issues of old age.
"Diets interested him. His own eating and drinking practice was a conflation of several, often irreconcilable with each other. Thus the two halves of beer a day he reckoned he needed to help to keep him regular meant a cutback in calories elsewhere with the risk of a deficit in vital fibre."
To this group come a returning couple, the 'beautiful people' Alun Weaver (poet, broadcaster and quasi-celebrity) and his still-attractive wife Rhiannon. Each of whom have previously had - ahem, dealings - with a number of the group...
Amis' observations on the aging process are very pithy - and funny in the extreme. The unhappy marriages, obesity, increasing deafness... He also makes much of the issue of 'Welshness': while the Welsh protagonists mostly deride the recently introduced bilingual signs, and the concept of the mysterious aura surrounding all things Cambrian, newly-arrived Weaver makes a living out of pandering to the cult in his broadcasts.
So some quite clever and entertaining moents. But for me the story didn't really quite hang together and it all felt a bit 'much' (Oscar Wilde has the same effect on me.) So MUCH booze, adultery, OTT characters... Glad to reach last page. ( )
  starbox | Oct 13, 2018 |
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Malcolm, Peter and Charlie and their Soave-sodden wives have one main ambition left in life- to drink Wales dry. But their routine is both shaken and stirred when they are joined by professional Welshman Alun Weaver (CBE) and his wife, Rhiannon.

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