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Who is Martin Amis?

Old 01-31-05, 06:31 AM
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Who is Martin Amis?

I've been coming across this author's name more often recently.

I'm just wondering, who is this guy and what's he written that has created all this buzz?
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Old 01-31-05, 08:11 AM
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Never heard of him but here is his website
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Old 01-31-05, 08:54 AM
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Amis is a very well-regarded British literary novelist and the son of Kingsley Amis (another very well-regarded British literary novelist). He's a fairly prominent name, although probably much more so in the UK than in the States.

I've never read him, so can't recommend any of his books from personal experience, but he did write a sort of thriller pastiche a few years back (Night Train) that got some good notices. Or you might try Time's Arrow, which was shortlisted for the Booker.
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Old 01-31-05, 12:08 PM
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'The Moronic Inferno' has an enjoyable set of essays.

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I've read Time's Arrow and enjoyed it. It has a unique concept (not sure it was the first though) in the way it is narrated. It is written from the soul's perspective but in reverse order of aging.
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I read his book "The Rachel Papers" when I was in high school.
Decent movie, but a much better book!
Of course, the movie does have the girl from "Say Anything" get naked, so it does have that going for it.
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Old 02-02-05, 12:58 PM
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I've read Time's Arrow and enjoyed it. It has a unique concept (not sure it was the first though) in the way it is narrated.
If there's more than one it's not unique!

Anyhoo, off the top of my head, and for anyone with a casual interest, an earlier book based on a similar premise is Phil Dick's "Counterclock World".

Martin Amis' "autobiography" is entitled "Experience: a memoir".
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