Anti-death League by Kingsley Amis

By Kingsley Amis

Brian Leonard, a Monty Python of mystery brokers, meets James Churchill, a tender officer, at an English military base the place arrangements are less than method for Operation Apollo. To complicate issues, Churchill has long gone round-the-bend for a parole from the psychological ward.
Thrown among those unfastened cannons is a widowed attractiveness who practices "conspicuous polyandry," an unfocused psychiatrist, an unbelieving chaplain, and a captivating alcoholic.
"Amis delights in combining espionage, violence, love and spiritual skepticism. Such disparate parts, like dishpans and hearth jewelry, problem his juggler's dexterity. Who wins? The reader!" (Publisher's resource)

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Easy now, for Hansie. - Thanks very much, beer. - Have you perhaps got a cold drink ? - The wife m a ke s a soft, little girl's request, she wouldn't be allowed to drink in front of the father-in-law anyway, Sunday or n o S u nday. - Just a drop of water in it. That's enough. No, that lucerne of yours was not so bad you know, not so bad at all . But why don't you plant the top veld there - you kn ow, by your boys' kraal, right up to Del po rt's fence - before, you know, when (he - 51 looks to his son, who supplies the name) - when J acobs had this place , it was a l wa ys l ucerne t here.

There is also an 50 adolescent girl who l ooks like young Mrs De Beer, probably a sister. He has seen them all, or a similar combination of the family, looking out from under ceremonious hats, when their car passed on their way home from church on the farm road, this morning. That's how they knew he'd be at the farm. They are people who won't dispose themselves about a room until you tell them to. Come in, come in, sit down . . They stand grouped slightly behind old De Beer. Please come inside.

N ot so bad . The only thing, the bales d i dn 't weigh fifty pounds .. isn't that s o . . ) - N o, it's true, it was a bit less than you . . it d oesn 't matter . . - They bought lucerne from him - before Japan; Six weeks ago ? - before that, or later? - We l ost a b out ten per cent on it - Hansie is forced by a look to nod confirmation of this. - I t must have dried out. Because it wasn't the boys who weighed , I know I did it myself. It was the week before that business with the police.

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