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Documented as a personal favorite of Kingsley Amis, Take a Girl Like You , originally published in , is peopled with subsidiary characters, ranging from the posh and pedantic to the proletarian and pessimistic. These characters, with names like Julian Ormerod or Dick Thompson, mildly stimulate most scenes with their eccentricity, such as at meals or an impromptu shooting competition.
The reader is first introduced to the twenty-year-old Jenny Bunn, an old-fashioned working-class girl who recently moved to a small town near London to teach primary school children.
It is touched upon, without any further elaboration, that she wants to escape the hurt of an ex-lover. Whilst interacting with the eccentric characters of this town, she receives a constant but low jolt of cognitive dissonance in regard to maintaining her idea of a pre-coital nuptial.
But the main attraction, in both senses of the phrase, is the conceivably immoral and amoral Patrick Standish, who is thirty years old. Simply put, they did it better. Patrick finds himself constantly complaining about her stance.
It is hinted that Patrick used to be romantic until he developed a jaded ennui, ostensibly from past girlfriends. An inkling of this romance, or at least a faux version of it, is revived in him when he dates Jenny for an extended period of time after having promised to keep it in his pants until otherwise noted.
A swain. A suitor. This, coupled with stir-craziness, leads him to give Jenny an ultimatum, something to which we all know women respond well. He tells her that either they set up an appointment in which she will give up her virginity or she will be faced with one of two overlapping consequences: end the relationship or deal with the fact that he must have some sort of flesh in order to satiate himself.
Sheila, a sixteen-year-old student at the school where Patrick teaches, tells Patrick that she is pregnant and asks him for help. He prescribes her an abortion with a doctor, and even offers to pay for it. Not too long afterward, Patrick and Jenny meet at a party, which is where she explains herself: she meant to show up for their engagement, but thought it was too late by the time she summoned a simulacrum of courage.
Patrick has had enough and wants to end the relationship altogether. As the party progresses, she has too much to drink and is nearly raped by a stranger, but Julian intervenes and lets her rest in an empty bedroom.
Patrick finds his way in and, given her inebriated state, he rapes her. Thursday, May Facebook Twitter Vimeo Instagram. Like this: Like Loading About Author George Salis. May 11, 0. May 4, 0. April 27, 0. Comments are closed.
TAKE A GIRL LIKE YOU
A still from the film version of Take a Girl Like You. He was much in demand as a reviewer and journalist, and he could afford monthly visits to London, where he would drink from lunch until closing time. Just then a bandaged man in his underwear staggered into the room. This, Mavis told her guest, is Kingsley Amis.
Post a Comment. He was one of the great comic novelists of the 20th Century, and also a long-time proponent of SF and a writer of a number of SF novels and short stories. In his memory, here's a review I wrote some time ago of one of his best novels. Kingsley Amis opened his career with the novel that remained his most famous work to the end of his life: Lucky Jim.
TAKE A GIRL LIKE YOU
This perceptive coming of age novel about a northern girl who moves south, wants to fit in and yet wants to preserve her principles, challenges our assumptions about the battle of the sexes and classes in Britain. It is a story about 'the squalid business of the man and the woman' and 'the most wonderful thing that had ever happened' to Jenny Bunn. Few twentieth century novelists have explored our preoccupation with sex like Kingsley Amis. The results are surprising and often hilarious. Kingsley Amis's works take a humorous yet highly critical look at British society, especially in the period following the end of World War II. Amis also wrote poetry, criticism, and short stories. He also wrote on politics, education, language, films, television, restaurants and drink. Kingsley Amis was awarded the CBE in and received a knighthood in
Take A Girl Like You
Young Jenny Bunn comes to infant-teach outside of London and is quite determined to lose the narrow-minded ideas of her north country home. She is helped on her way by the owners of her digs, Dick and Martha Thompson, a fellow boarder, Anna le Page, assorted acquaintances and Patrick Standish, teaching in a nearby college, who resists falling seriously in love with her. Jenny, very firm about not going to bed with anyone until marriage is in the picture, has an up and down time with Patrick, loses him to some fancy partying with the worldly Ormerod, troubles with his headmaster's daughter, and after his repeated returns to her, in a drunken moment, is raped by him. But this insures marriage so- - -This fourth novel is of lesser stuff than the others in its parade of situations, its melange of people, its unfocused line. Those looking for the expected satire and humor will find little of either — or much else to admire.
Documented as a personal favorite of Kingsley Amis, Take a Girl Like You , originally published in , is peopled with subsidiary characters, ranging from the posh and pedantic to the proletarian and pessimistic. These characters, with names like Julian Ormerod or Dick Thompson, mildly stimulate most scenes with their eccentricity, such as at meals or an impromptu shooting competition. The reader is first introduced to the twenty-year-old Jenny Bunn, an old-fashioned working-class girl who recently moved to a small town near London to teach primary school children.
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An account of the writing — and reading, and other stuff — in my life by Andrew Cartmel. Post a Comment. Continuing my modestly ambitious project of reading all of Kingsley Amis's novels inspired by Zachary Leader's admirable and definitive biography of Amis , I have just finished Take a Girl Like You.
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Basket 0. I have for the first time found what I can truly love — I have found you. You are my sympathy — my better self — my good angel. I am bound to you with a strong attachment. Your basket:. Delivery: weeks, latest on Twenty year old Jenny Bunn is supernally beautiful and stubbornly chaste, which is why Patrick Standish, an arrogant schoolmaster, wants her so much. This novel about a northern girl who moves south, wants to fit in and yet wants to preserve her principles, challenges our assumptions about the battle of the sexes and classes in Britain.
Surprisingly long at pages in the Penguin paperback edition, ie this novel has the same weight and heft as a modern literary classic, as Lawrence or Conrad or Foster, but its subject matter is unclassically slender. She finds a rented room in a house owned by an older man, auctioneer Dick Thompson and his wife, Martha, sharing along with the other boarder, the podgy French girl, Anna le Page. In the voice of Patrick, who emerges as her main suitor:. Oh lordy lordy lordy, how lovely she was, with all that thick inky-black hair and the slightly hollow cheeks and the faint blue veins at the temples and the very definite natural line surrounding the lips and the lips themselves and and and and and and.
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The narrative follows the progress of twenty-year-old Jenny Bunn, who has moved from her family home in the North of England to a small town not far from London to teach primary school children. Jenny is a 'traditional' Northern working-class girl whose dusky beauty strikes people as being at odds with the old-fashioned values she has gained from her upbringing, not least the conviction of 'no sex before marriage'. A thread of the novel concerns the frustrations of the morally dubious Patrick Standish, a year-old teacher at a local private secondary school and his attempts to seduce Jenny; all this occurs against a backdrop of Jenny's new teaching job, Patrick's work and his leisure time with flatmate and colleague Graham and their new acquaintance, the well-off and somewhat older man-about-town, Julian Ormerod. The novel opens with Jenny Bunn's arrival at her lodging-house.