London fields

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Harmony Books, 1989 - Fiction - 470 pages
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London Fields is Amis's murder story for the end of the millennium. The murderee is Nicola Six, a "black hole" of sex and self-loathing intent on orchestrating her own extinction. The murderer may be Keith Talent, a violent lowlife whose only passions are pornography and darts. Or is the killer the rich, honorable, and dimly romantic Guy Clinch?

"A comic murder mystery, an apocalyptic satire, a scatological meditation on love and death and nuclear winter...by turns lyrical and obscene, colloquial and rhapsodic."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times


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User Review  - alexrichman - LibraryThing

I still can't quite tell whether I liked this or not. I loved the passing references to a global crisis, but didn't care for the main plot; Keith is a wonderfully grotesque creation, but is Amis too ... Read full review

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User Review  - PilgrimJess - LibraryThing

“And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit.” I just did not get it. I didn't care what happened to any of the characters or what they did. (I don't ... Read full review

Contents

The Murderer
4
The Murderee
15
The Foil
27
Copyright

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About the author (1989)

Martin Amis, son of the novelist Kingsley Amis, was born August 25, 1949. His childhood was spent traveling with his famous father. From 1969 to 1971 he attended Exeter College at Oxford University. After graduating, he worked for the Times Literary Supplement and later as special writer for the Observer. Amis published his first novel, The Rachel Papers, in 1973, which received the prestigious Somerset Maugham Award in 1974. Other titles include Dead Babies (1976), Other People: A Mystery Story (1981); London Fields (1989), The Information (1995), and Night Train (1997). Martin Amis has been called the voice of his generation. His novels are controversial, often satiric and dark, concentrating on urban low life. His style has been compared to that of Graham Greene, Philip Larkin and Saul Bellow, among others. He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester. In 2008, The Times named him one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

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