Frases de Kingsley Amis
Data de nascimento:16. Abril 1922
Data de falecimento:22. Outubro 1995
Outros nomes:킹즐리 에이미스,കിങ്സ്ലി അമിസ്,کینقزلی آمیس,Kingslijs Emiss
Kingsley Amis foi um ficcionista, poeta e cronista literário britânico.
Revelou-se como um dos grandes prosadores ingleses que surgiram depois da Segunda Guerra Mundial, no grupo chamado Angry Young Men . Em 1954 lançou seu primeiro romance - e primeiro grande sucesso -, Lucky Jin, que lhe trouxe fama e algum dinheiro. No início se denominava centro-esquerdista, mas depois de romances como Take a girl like you e The anti-death league - pelo qual recebeu seu Booker Prize e seu Grau de Cavaleiro em 1990 - foi criticado por ter "passado para a direita", quando, por exemplo, apoiou a presença dos norte-americanos no Vietnã e atacou o Conselho das Artes.
Citações Kingsley Amis
„Dixon was alive again. Consciousness was upon him before he could get out of the way; not for him the slow, gracious wandering from the halls of sleep, but a summary, forcible ejection. He lay sprawled, too wicked to move, spewed up like a broken spider-crab on the tarry shingle of morning. The light did him harm, but not as much as looking at things did; he resolved, having done it once, never to move his eyeballs again. A dusty thudding in his head made the scene before him beat like a pulse. His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum. During the night, too, he'd somehow been on a cross-country run and then been expertly beaten up by secret police. He felt bad.“
— Kingsley Amis
„Jake was close to tears. In that moment he saw the world in its true light, as a place where nothing had ever been any good and nothing of significance done: no art worth a second look, no philosophy of the slightest appositeness, no law but served the state, no history that gave an inkling of how it had been and what had happened. And no love, only egotism, infatuation and lust.“
— Kingsley Amis
„When that ineffable compound of depression, sadness (these two are not the same), anxiety, self-hatred, sense of failure and fear for the future begins to steal over you, start telling yourself that what you have is a hangover. You are not sickening for anything, you have not suffered a minor brain lesion, you are not all that bad at your job, your family and friends are not leagued in a conspiracy of barely maintained silence about what a s**t you are, you have not come at last to see life as it really is and there is no use crying over spilt milk.“
„You'll find that marriage is a good short cut to the truth. No, not quite that. A way of doubling back to the truth. Another thing you'll find is that the years of illusion aren't those of adolescence, as the grown-ups try to tell us; they're the ones immediately after it, say the middle twenties, the false maturity if you like, when you first get thoroughly embroiled in things and lose your head. Your age, by the way, Jim. That's when you first realize that sex is important to other people besides yourself. A discovery like that can't help knocking you off balance for a time.“
— Kingsley Amis