Bookends: Apr. 24, 1989

DIFFICULTIES WITH GIRLS

by Kingsley Amis

Summit; 276 pages; $18.95

Patrick and Jenny Standish have just moved into a modern apartment complex south of the Thames in London (faithful Amis readers will recall the courtship of these two as recorded 29 years ago in Take a Girl Like You). Patrick has stopped being a Latin teacher and now works as an editor at a publishing house. After nearly eight years of marriage, he is proving no match for the temptations of swinging London in the '60s. His difficulties with girls involve an inability to resist them. A new neighbor, Tim Valentine,...

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