Search Results: "Martin Amis"


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MARTIN AMIS by Richard Bradford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2012

"Just serviceable. Readers interested in all things Amis will want to refer to the roman à clef The Information and anxiously await an autobiography."
Indifferently written bio of "the best prose stylist in English…in the closing decades of the last and the opening of this century." Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"An initially sharp satire turns tedious by midpoint."
A social satire with a wickedly funny setup fails to sustain momentum and provide much of a payoff. Read full book review >

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KINGSLEY AMIS by Eric Jacobs
Released: June 16, 1998

"Nor does Jacobs himself, who has written an evenhanded and refreshingly direct profile of the man: the soldier, the husband, the father, the boozer, the adulterer, and, above all, the novelist. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A lucid, unvarnished biography of novelist Kingsley Amis (who died in 1995), father of Martin and one of Britain's famously outsize literary personalities. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2008

"'The only thing Islamism can dominate, for now, is the evening news,' Amis concludes in good fighting spirit. His book fires a welcome, left-tending salvo."
Fourteen essays on the theme that "our understanding of September 11 is incremental and can never hope to be intact and entire." Read full book review >

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VISITING MRS. NABOKOV by Martin Amis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"Formulaic at times, and not always geared to an American reader, but still of much interest: excursions that will enhance Amis's reputation as a polished, peripatetic critic—a highly literate observer of the monuments and foibles of our age."
Thirty-odd essays—culled from a dozen years of published encounters between master stylist Amis (Time's Arrow, 1991, etc.) and English-speaking literati and other contemporary phenomena—in a collection as well-honed and readable as it is wide-ranging. Read full book review >

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TIME'S ARROW by Martin Amis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

Amis this time writes about Tod Friendly, a.k.a John Young, a.k.a Odilo Unverdorben—a doctor with a chilling past no one knows about: he was a medical experimenter under Mengele at Auschwitz. Read full book review >

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YELLOW DOG by Martin Amis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Raucous, confusing, hilarious, and, when least expected, furiously intelligent and touching."
London crooks nurse old grievances and settle older scores as Amis has his witty way with porno, Hollywood, modern marriage, airline terror, incest, chatrooms, the Royals, and the gutter press. Read full book review >

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KOBA THE DREAD by Martin Amis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2002

"Meritorious addition to the bulging shelf of apologia by writers on the noncommunist English left, worth reading by anyone interested in exploring the dark recesses of the recent past."
The accomplished English novelist follows his first memoir (Experience, 2000) with a post-millennial backward glance at the evil 20th century and its "chief lacuna." Read full book review >

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THE ZONE OF INTEREST by Martin Amis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Brawny and urgent, it's unmistakably Amis, though without the gimmickry of Time's Arrow (1991)."
Can love survive against that most hellish of backdrops, the Nazi concentration camp? It's a question that Amis (Lionel Asbo, 2012, etc.) probes in his latest novel, an indelible and unsentimental exploration of the depths of the human soul.Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF MEETINGS by Martin Amis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2007

"The most compelling fiction from Amis in more than a decade."
A novel that doesn't read like any other, ranking as this renowned British author's best. Read full book review >

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NIGHT TRAIN by Martin Amis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 28, 1998

"Quite an accomplishment. (Author tour)"
Amis, who seems to be turning himself into a British Thomas Berger, continues his twisty tour of formulaic genres (The Information, 1995, etc.) with his most deadpan pastiche yet: the police investigation of an impossible suicide. Read full book review >