Books: Beastly Business

ONE FAT ENGLISHMAN by Kingsley Amis. 192 pages. Harcourf, Brace & World. $3.95.

No one is better at being beastly to the British than the British. In One Fat Englishman, Kingsley Amis has raised this particular form of beastliness to the level of high comic art.

Roger Micheldene is a plump package of just about everything Americans find detestable in a U-type Englishman. He is expensively accented (Oxford), twice married, with a modest homosexual past, a nonchurchgoing Roman Catholic, but a devout snob and a glutton, a sexman and a Potterish ployman of epic...

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