Ben Yagoda -->reviewed by Stefan Beck -->

Though Kingsley Amis’s novel Difficulties with Girls was published in 1988, it contains a passage that might as well have been cocked at the “fake memoir” epidemic of the decade just concluded. Amis’s hero, Patrick Standish, who works for a British publishing house, has been asked his opinion of a manuscript bearing the portentous title Blood in the Tigris:

“I have to say bluntly at the outset that I found this book something of a disappointment after Dreamtime Children of Ayers Rock” (outdid even that hotchpotch of illiterate fabrication)… . “Now nobody’s asking for strict historical truth” (more than a faint concern for probability) “but here and there” (throughout)...

 

A Message from the Editors

Our past successes are owed to our greatest ambassadors: our readers. Our future rests on your support, as The New Criterion Editor Roger Kimball explains. Will you help us continue to bring our incisive review of the arts and culture to the next generation of readers?

Popular Right Now