Ending Up

Ending Up At Tuppenny hapenny Cottage in the English countryside five elderly people live together in rancorous disharmony Adela Bastable bosses the house as her brother Bernard passes his days thinking up ma

  • Title: Ending Up
  • Author: Kingsley Amis Helen Dunmore
  • ISBN: 9780141194233
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • At Tuppenny hapenny Cottage in the English countryside, five elderly people live together in rancorous disharmony Adela Bastable bosses the house, as her brother Bernard passes his days thinking up malicious schemes against the baby talking Marigold and secret drinker Shorty, while kindly George lies bedridden upstairs The mismatched quintet keep their spirits alive by bAt Tuppenny hapenny Cottage in the English countryside, five elderly people live together in rancorous disharmony Adela Bastable bosses the house, as her brother Bernard passes his days thinking up malicious schemes against the baby talking Marigold and secret drinker Shorty, while kindly George lies bedridden upstairs The mismatched quintet keep their spirits alive by bickering and waiting for grandchildren to visit at Christmas But the festive season does not herald goodwill to all at Tuppenny hapenny Cottage Disaster and chaos, it seems, are just around the cornerTold with Amis s piercing wit and humanity, Ending Up 1974 is a wickedly funny black comedy of the indignities of old age.

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    1. Kingsley Amis Helen Dunmore

      Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher He wrote than twenty novels, three collections of poetry, short stories, radio and television scripts, and books of social and literary criticism He fathered the English novelist Martin Amis.Kingsley Amis was born in Clapham, Wandsworth, Couty of London now South London , England, the son of William Robert Amis, a mustard manufacturer s clerk He began his education at the City of London School, and went up to St John s College, Oxford April 1941 to read English it was there that he met Philip Larkin, with whom he formed the most important friendship of his life After only a year, he was called up for Army service in July 1942 After serving in the Royal Corps of Signals in the Second World War, Amis returned to Oxford in October 1945 to complete his degree Although he worked hard and got a first in English in 1947, he had by then decided to give much of his time to writing.Pen names Robert Markham William Tanner

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    1. British author Kingsley Amis’ 1973 novel of two old women and three old men living out their last days in Tuppenny-hapenny Cottage nestled among the trees and fields in a delightful English countryside. Sound quaint and perhaps charming? It is anything but quaint and charming – for the most part these five septuagenarians – Adela, the one squarely in charge, her brother, former army officer, Bernard, Bernard’s past sexual partner, a servant nicknamed Shorty, Marigold, an oldster becoming [...]

    2. I firmly liked this, but found the style slightly dated. It's interesting to compare this tale of geriatric co-habitees with later works in the same vein, particulary Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Both feature groups of the elderly living together more for convenience than genuine affection. Kingsley's book is the first of his that I've read. At the time this book was originally published, his reputation was firmly established by Lucky Jim. So he was in a sense writing for an existing fan base who [...]

    3. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher.In this comedy about old age, Amis provides us with a geriatric cast of characters living under the same roof who are basically trying to stay as comfortable and happy as possible before they die. There are five septuagenarians in total, three men and two women. Although they want nothing put peace in their final years, they manage to annoy each other and bicker to the point where peace is the last thing that any one of them is going find.Adela [...]

    4. I was invited and went to dinner with a human rights lawyer yoga teacher, philosophy professor, Swahili fluent Indian, and a pro skier photographer. It sounds like the beginning of a joke and was just as hilarious and intriguing as a good one might be. We spent a lively portion of the eve bantering about British literature and humor (Which I only know through media. That's enough to make me expert, right? I do need to go to London and surrounding countryside. So often wowed by my vicarious exper [...]

    5. A grim yet savagely funny book about five elderly people who share a house as they creep through their lives. Each of the five characters is drawn brilliantly. Each, even the vicious Bernard, can be pitied. I can only hope I don't end up in such a ménage!There are many laugh out loud moments, as for instance when the local doctor is talking to Marigold, a woman who drives the others to distraction by using phrases such as "drinkie-pinkie":"'Would you call her one of the most interesting people [...]

    6. Kingsley Amis was always acutely aware of the absurdities and indignities of ageing, and it is one of the recurring themes of his fiction to explore this in all its painful truth. Perhaps this was a result of his having initially made his name as an 'angry young man', and then become aware that many of the assumptions and causes that this implied bore little relevance to the wider priorities of existence. It's nevertheless true that few English novelists - particularly of Amis's generation - had [...]

    7. Grim humor to say the least! Imagine five elderly people, three men and two women, living together in a large house. In writing Ending Up, Kingsley Amis imagined all the bad traits of the people he knew multiplied many times over and carried forward into old age.The worst of them is Brigadier Bernard Bascom, who straight out wishes to do harm. There is Shorty, his former lover, who acts as a servant to the group; George Zeyer, a scholar who is unable to move from his bed; Adela, Bascom's sister; [...]

    8. FunnyBefore beginning Amis' Ending Up, I had been pondering my approaching senior citizen status. As I'm of a churlish disposition in general(I swear it's everyone else, not me!), I have commented to my lovely wife that I was gleefully looking forward to reaching seniority so I could really begin to complain. Avec moi, le déluge I would really "up my game" when I eventually(coming soon!) hit fifty. The prospect of being old enough to gripe about most everything and everyone appealed to me as pe [...]

    9. Kingsley Amis being a Man Booker winner and short listed several times I expected something exceptional. But the moment I started reading first few sentences of “Ending Up”, what I felt was “This writing is so ordinary”. Reading through, found some better stuff, but never exceptional. Ending up of the story is so crude. I try not to judge Amis by the only book I read of him.

    10. Didn't much care for it. Didn't find it funny. Had to stop 70% through when (view spoiler)[ the character started to mess about with another's dog. That's not amusing or fun to read. (hide spoiler)] I'll call it a read since I did make it through more than 2/3. Too bad because the premise was great!

    11. Fast approaching the age that I am 'ending up', I thought this short essay quite amusing. My first foray into the writing of Amis. Strong characterisation culminating in a farcical twist. Nominated for the Booker prize back in 1974.

    12. Mercy, this was no 'Lucky Jim.'I had to restart twice, but finally got into the characters and reasonably enjoyed, it, but I did not see that ending coming.

    13. A dark comedy. First read it in the 1980s. Then, for me, it was more comedy than dark. This reading it was more dark than comedy. In fact, quite depressing. Maybe because I am now the age of the characters.

    14. Hilarious. A farcical elaboration of the idea that hell is the others, but I'd prefer this over Sartre's Huis Clos any day. And if you want fancier lit crit interests to pursue: the book is also rather obsessed with language and the linguistic construction of reality. One woman going senile, another suffering from aphasia, another compulsively quoting songs and mimicking regional accents, the entire company performing a dictionary game, &c. A deconstructionists' free-for-all.But mainly, it's [...]

    15. Having written my bachelor thesis on eldercare in contemporary China, I was particularly curious about the group dynamics in the fictional surroundings which the five protagonists have chosen to confine themselves to. Instead of moving into a nursing home - living with adult offspring out of the question for most of them, as they are largely childless - with around the clock care, they have decided to retain a level of independence. Some would automatically add "and dignity", but that is not qui [...]

    16. Five elderly people – a brigadier sent down for homosexuality; his one-time lover and now drunken quasi-servant; his ugly sister who has never been loved; her insincere friend who is approaching senility; and a paralyzed professor emeritus, once the brigadier’s brother-in-law – live in boredom and decrepitude, detesting one another, in a crumbling cottage. Resentment, malice, or at the very least unavoidable circumstance are the only things keeping them together.Humor doesn’t come any da [...]

    17. I thought this was the book of Amis' old age. The rascal was only 50 when he wrote it. Possibly he was preparing those around him for his declining years, if we can believe , which I do. This was still a pretty good read. All Englishmen seem to be oddballs and eccentrics so why would old Englishmen be any different. Of our party of five inhabiting Tupenny-hapenny cottage only two can be considered to be sympathetic. I mean Adela and George. And Adela is tiresomely pining for love and George for [...]

    18. ending up is a book about mortality that could only be written by an old, upperclass englishman. like amis's other books, it coasts on its wit and its willingness to be mean, that meanness often striking from areas that you wouldn't expect it to, packaged in a turn of phrase or a description of delivery. it's all very easily imaginable, and amis has a dark gift for portraying irritability and the sarcasm that follows. we've got characters in the end of their lives at a rest home, sniping at each [...]

    19. This is my first Kingsley Amis novel. I enjoy Martin Amis and can now see where he got his sense of humour from. "Ending Up" is a quirky tale about a group of elderly people sharing a home in their autumn years. The characters are funny by themselves, but it is their interaction that really makes the story shine. George in particular, had me laughing out loud. His attempts to keep his speech fluid in spite of his condition are very funny. Even the pets made me smile.The narrative gets a little d [...]

    20. Absolutely hilarious! This was such a fun read. Some of the things elderly people say will have you in stitches. Let a younger person say it and you'll be getting stitches. Literally! Amis has a clever way with words. Some of the things these 5 crazy old people said was catchy and unforgettable. From talking to ones own anus, to one having a checkle-peckle returned to her bank because it had been made out for five poundies, to strange relationships with ones pet; these are just some of the thing [...]

    21. This is my first foray into Kingsley Amis' work. "Ending Up" has stood up among his work as being exemplary of the style of the author -- sardonic, ironic, cold-eyed examination of daily irritation people inflict on each other. Irritation is wrought fine in the author's art, as the able introducer informed us. But can one enjoy the distilled, choice bits of five old people rattling around an old house, getting on or striving to get on each other's nerves? It can be funny in small doses.But 30% i [...]

    22. After reading this, I understand why Kingsley Amis refused to read his son Martin’s work: he had already written it - the same grotesques, outrageous humour, moralism and love of words. Did Kingsley turn into one of his own characters? Martin has already made himself one of his own characters, but he might yet turn into a different one. All jolly bad fun, graced with that rarity, a genuinely enlightening introduction, by Helen Dunmore.

    23. داستان پنج آدم مسن که در خانه‌ای قدیمی دور از شهر زندگی می کنندآدلا، برادرش برنارد، مریگولد دوستِ آدلا، جورج که سکته کرده است و سمت راست بدنش فلج شده (برادر زنِ برنارد) و شورتی مستخدم خانهبه همراه گربه‌ی مریگولد و سگِ پیرِ جورجگاهی تکه‌های طنز و موقعیت هایی شیطنت آمیز در داس [...]

    24. This is a humorous book of five elderly people living together and taking care of each otherbut they don't really like each other very much. It's not the best book I've ever read, but I did like it enough to want to read another by Kingsley Amis. The ending was different, but I think that made me like it better!

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