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"I'm coming, Mrs. Davies," I replied repeatedly, and very loudly, but to no avail.
The arrival of visitors for us always troubled Mrs. Davies and I'd sometimes
thought that she'd have preferred us to do without them. In the passage-type hall
I went out onto the landing. "Is there someone calling?" I asked in my special
cultured accent, which I retained for the whole of the subsequent dialogue. "Is
that you, Mr. Lewis?" "That's Mrs. Davies, isn't it? Well, and how are you, Mrs.
Kingsley Amis. I wondered what made her impute to me the activity of reading,
since our field of discussion had never included the world of letters. "Oh come
now, Mrs. Davies," I said, solicitously this time, "you really musn't let yourself
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nigeyb - LibraryThing
Very readable, albeit with an implausible upbeat ending. This book reminded me a bit of the John Updike Rabbit books. From what I recall, they also featured a central character who was unsure about ... Read full review
THAT UNCERTAIN FEELINGUser Review - Kirkus
A second book from one of the young English novelists (Lucky Jim was the first) continues his prodding of pomp and many circumstances, of upper class apings and ossified institutionalism. This takes ... Read full review