In "That Uncertain Feeling" by Kingsley Amis, competition is stiff for the position of sub-librarian in Aberdarcy Library. For John Lewis, the situation is complicated by the attentions of daunting and desirable village socialite, Elizabeth Gruffyd-Williams, who is married to a member of the local Council. Pursuing an affair with her whilst ...Read MoreIn "That Uncertain Feeling" by Kingsley Amis, competition is stiff for the position of sub-librarian in Aberdarcy Library. For John Lewis, the situation is complicated by the attentions of daunting and desirable village socialite, Elizabeth Gruffyd-Williams, who is married to a member of the local Council. Pursuing an affair with her whilst keeping his job prospects alive is John's predicament, as he finds himself running down Welsh country lanes at midnight in a wig and dress, resisting the advances of local drunks and suffering the long speeches of a 'nut-faced' clergyman. At times tenderly satirical and at times riotously slap-stick, Amis sends up an array of rural stereotypes in this story about a man who doesn't know what he wants. Kingsley Amis' (1922-95) works take a humorous yet highly critical look at British society, especially in the period following the end of World War II. Born in London, Amis explored his disillusionment in novels such as "That Uncertain Feeling" (1955). His other works include "The Green Man" (1970), "Stanley and the Women" (1984), and "The Old Devils" (1986), which won the Booker Prize. Amis also wrote poetry, criticism, and short stories.Read Less
Fair in POOR jacket. 1955. 254 pages. Yellow dust jacket over red boards. Pages are clean and bright with good copy and firm binding. Moderate foxing and tanning to endpapers, fore-edge and paste-downs. Boards are rubbed with areas of darkening to extremities and average shelf-wear to edges and corners. The spine is sunned and forward leaning with reasonable bumping. Heavy wear to tatty, tanned, foxed, stained and rubbed dust jacket with tears, nicks, creases and moderate loss to the spine, edges and corners. Sellotape repairs to the rear cover.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Very slight fading on spine of DJ; DJ in archival mylar protector. Paper has aged as expected. 254 p. Signed by author Second Impression. Excellent, signed copy of Amis's second novel. A delightful read and a book to treasure.
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