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Everyday drinking : the distilled
Kingsley Amis
Adult Nonfiction TP507 .A46 2008

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This book by Amis, the late British writer best known for the classic Lucky Jim, is a collection of three out-of-print works written between 1971 and 1984 about drink, its history, social mores, and etiquette. There are background details as well as a glossary for those unfamiliar with British terms such as bitter and off license. Some chapters are entertaining and occasionally hilarious, but taken as a whole the essays are an uneven mix of opinion, wry humor, and practical know-how; they clearly reflect the period in which they were written, particularly those having to do with wine. California and other wine-producing regions that took the international stage in more recent years receive no mention, naturally. Additionally, appreciating British humor is an acquired taste, so the volume may be perceived as having limited appeal. There are, however, insightful and funny observations, such as those having to do with the relationship among a country, its cuisine, and its alcoholic beverages. Recommended for large public libraries.--Christine Holmes, San Jose State Univ. Lib., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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