Instead of being funny and outrageous, however, the tone of The Angry Years is gloating and the prose flatter than a cartoon cat hitting a wall. All Wilson wants to do is settle scores.Amis père, before he became bloated and hateful, wrote some scorching things about Wilson. I'll dig them out later.
Amis wanted to push Wilson off a balcony during a party ("Look, there's that bugger Wilson"). Of this incident, the author reflects, "For some reason I never quite understood, I seemed to arouse in Kingsley Amis the same deep uneasiness I could sense in Tynan." The explanation is not hard to seek. Wilson gets up people's noses because he has such a high opinion of himself: "I had taken it for granted that I was a man of genius since I was about 13."
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Angry at the Angry Old Men
A review of Colin Wilson's The Angry Years: the Rise and Fall of the Angry Young Men here.