The Pregnant Widow (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 11, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
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The year is 1970, and the youth of Europe are in the chaotic, ecstatic throes of the sexual revolution. Though blindly dedicated to the cause, its nubile foot soldiers have yet to realize this disturbing truth: that between the death of one social order and the birth of another, there exists a state of terrifying purgatory—or, as Alexander Herzen put it, a pregnant widow.

Keith Nearing is stuck in an exquisite limbo. Twenty years old and on vacation from college, Keith and an assortment of his peers are spending the long, hot summer in a castle in Italy. The tragicomedy of manners that ensues will have an indelible effect on all its participants, and we witness, too, how it shapes Keith’s subsequent love life for decades to come. Bitingly funny, full of wit and pathos, The Pregnant Widow is a trenchant portrait of young lives being carried away on a sea of change.


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User Review  - Col - Goodreads

Blurb.......... Summer, 1970. Sex is very much on everyone's mind. The girls are acting like boys and the boys are going on acting like boys. Keith Nearing - a bookish twenty-year-old, in that much ... Read full review

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User Review  - Arseniy Kirichenko - Goodreads

While I wouldn't exactly call this book terrible, I for the most part was more dissapointed than satisfied after reading it. I definitely enjoy Amis's writing style and prose as well as his wittiness ... Read full review

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Contents

Book FiveTrauma
1THE TURN
2THE WAITING
3THE METAMORPHOSES
4TORQUERE TO TWIST
FIFTH INTERVAL
Book SixThe Problem of Reentry
IELIZABETH BENNET IN BED

1WHERE WERE THE POLICE?
2LOOK HOW HE LIT HER
3THE HIGHEST THRONE ON EARTH
4STRATEGIES OF DISTANCE
SECOND INTERVAL
Book ThreeThe Incredible Shrinking Man
IEVEN IN HEAVEN
2BODY PARTS
3MARTYR
4SANE DREAMS
THIRD INTERVAL
Book FourThe Desiderata
IGIRLS AND THE BUTCHERS
2THE FALL OF ADRIANO
3TICKET OF ENTRY
4SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION
FOURTH INTERVAL
2OMPHALOS
3THE POOL HUT
4WHEN THEY HATE YOU ALREADY
CODA LIFE
Some of the Things That Happened Between1970 and 1974
A Certain Occasion in 1975
A Couple ofDevelopments in 1976
What Came Down in 1977
The Kind of Stuff They All Got Up To in 1978
The Way It Panned Out in 1979
What Came About in 1980
What Came to Pass in 1982
1994
At the Book and Bible in 2003
2009Valedictory
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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About the author (2010)

MARTIN AMIS's bestsellers include the novels Money, London Fields and The Information, as well as his memoir, Experience. He lives in London.

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