Wednesday, October 17, 2007

"Eagleton, a 64-year-old intellectual, one of the world’s leading literary theorists, threw down a challenge calculated to inflame his younger adversary. Accusing Amis of Islamophobia for suggesting a clampdown on Muslims, he attacked the novelist’s late father Kingsley as “a racist, antisemitic boor, a drink-sodden, self-hating reviler of women, gays and liberals”. Amis fils, he sneered, “clearly learnt more from him than how to turn a shapely phrase”."