Martin Amis


The book is very good in some ways but in distinct areas it relies on pseudo-journalistic commentary gathered from other sources! The 1932-34 Ukrainian famine hardly gets a mention - hey if it was a Jewish-Holocaust people would be making serious cash out of it! What countries like Ukraine now need are museums that remind people of the horrible things that communism did! Back in 1993 I met a very intelligent Colonel of the former Red Army in Kiev who did a PHD in American Literature (1980's in Zaporzhiya University)! I asked him who his favourite author was? He said Steinbeck. Really I said! the only book I mentioned I had read of Steinbecks was 'Of Mice & Men.' He turned round to me and said he'd never heard of the book and if Steinbeck wrote it he would know? A few second later after he knew I was not mistaken... his face went white as a ghost and he shook his head and sighed! (Mice & Men as we all know was about the American Dream!) there are many poignant stories like this that we fail to gather or really understand... (Sadly who will remember the millions and millions who were persecuted and eventually killed!) A good book to read - The Russians - by Heidrick Smith I think... written in the 1980's! a former Canadian ambassador!

>>By chooser   (Friday, 2 May 2003 11:11)

Here's to the Yobs and other miscreants in Martin's works given a brain by mistake when a stem would've sufficed. Success is a fine read.

>>By Sexibeast   (Saturday, 22 Nov 2003 12:02)

Martin Amis probably wouldn't be altogether pleased by the idea, but I still think the Rachel Papers is one of his best, perhaps because it is, in literary terms, the most straightforward. Don't misunderstand me: I like pretty well all the others too, but latterly I feel some of the mannerisms and the poses struck get in the way just slightly. What do you think?

>>By Plegmund   (Thursday, 22 Apr 2004 22:39)

I'm reading Time's Arrow in my english class right now, and the book is pure genius. I love it.

>>By OpheliasViolets   (Thursday, 11 Nov 2004 00:54)

London Fields and The Information are my favourite Amis works. Primarily for the way the two worlds of upper and lower classes co-exist semmingly independant of each other.,

>>By Hu99   (Wednesday, 15 Dec 2004 15:09)

I read London fields a few months ago....and I keep asking myself why did the protaganist kill her again....even though I loved the book immesely? my experience of books is not in the remembering...its rather in the being of what I am experiencing the moment I read it....
i am finding it a different story with yellow dog, red cat, pink carpet whatever...
This man has mastered words....
mastered phrases....
I think in a sense he is almost playing with the reader....telling them to keep up....and even though I am only 70 pages in the book, I don't think the story is anything...
I think he is totally obsessed with the description
i read each word.....I am treating it like poetry
....the highest compliment to a novelist....
and yet....its missing something....or I wouldn't be writing in the middle of reading a book.....I would have written afterword...still
I think its a wonderful wonderful piece of art....
indulging in active adjectives and I haven't yawned once...
its a 9 for mister amis....(think of it in percentiles....I have actually read and considered and weighed each word-90 percent of the time)

>>By iwishiwereabondgirl   (Monday, 19 Dec 2005 12:36)

Most Amis fans consider "Money - a suicide note" to be his best novel; but I think "Money" "London Fields" and "The Information" are each of equal merit, and he's written nothing of real literary value since.

>>By nouveau_prole   (Sunday, 4 Jun 2006 14:13)

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