All entries for Friday 28 April 2006
April 28, 2006
One of Amis Senior's most popular and well–know works which for some reason I'd never got round to (and studiously avoided the recent TV adaptation to prevent spoiling the read). I did find it rather enjoyable – can't go wrong with a campus novel though in my view. It is a bit dated but actually the sexual mores of the time are one of the more entertaining aspects of the comedy.
There are some lovely characters in here – Professor Welch is horrobly recognisable (fortunately rarer though these days), Bertrand the "artist" is very well done and Michie, the over–enthusiastic student, is entirely credible.
There are also some hilarious scenes including drunken ineptitude (and burning of sheets) in a guest bedroom, a chase via a slow bus and the best one a public lecture by the extremely inebriated hero, Dixon.
So, a nice, easy and entertaining read which is not consistently brilliant but well worth it for the highlight scenes and the description of academia not that long ago.