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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“Insightful…bracing and unvarnished.” —Josh Emmons, People

 

“Amis’s best book in fifteen years…nakedly, brazenly, devotedly about sex…A nearly perfect comic novel.” —Sam Anderson, New York Magazine

 

“Earthy, passionate, literate and poignant.” —Library Journal

 

“Amis is back in fine form, riffing brilliantly on sex, beauty, age and the aftermath of social revolution.” —NPR.org

 

“The fizzy, smart linguistic fireworks, with their signature italicisms, riffs on the language in stunningly clever, off-center metaphors.” —Graydon Carter, The New York Times Book Review, cover

 

“Tight, funny, sexy, poignant.” —Jacob Molyneux, San Francisco Chronicle

 

“Classic Amis…One must read The Pregnant Widow for its evocation of youth without innocence, and of the sexual revolution’s ‘tingle of license,’ where words—not just bodies—were liberated.” —Parul Sehgal, Time Out New York

 

“ A] fascinating return to form for Amis]…This smart, meaty novel is a revelation…Amazingly well done.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

“Amid droll banter and hilariously raunchy episodes, immensely gifted and piquantly mercurial Amis ponders, in passages of surprising eloquence, beauty, time, self, deception, “the winepress of death,” and the abiding light of literature, deepening the valence of this charmingly provocative and philosophical comedy of desire.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist, starred review

 

“Fine and hilarious…Amis at his absolute and unique best.” —The Economist 

 

“Sumptuous….It is beautifully achieved, cunningly relaxed, and reveals considerable emotional depth…Moving and humane, The Pregnant Widow also captivates by the accustomed wit and elegance of its style….The Man Booker Prize would be no more than its due.” —Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph

 

“Funny, clever and knowing…it delivers fantastic enjoyment.” —Sam Leith, Mail on Sunday   

 

“The buzzing sense of fresh, limitless erotic licence is captured brilliantly…. Amis] is beginning to write with Old Master assurance on the important subjects.” —Aravind Adiga, The Times

 

“Close to a masterpiece…hilarious, often wonderfully perceptive, uncompromisingly ambitious and written by a great master of the English language.  In a time when many of our novelists are hedging their bets, Amis is gloriously undaunted.” —Justin Cartwright, The Financial Times  

 

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

The year is 1970, and it's a long, hot summer. In a castle on a mountainside in Italy, half a dozen young lives are afloat on a sea of change, trapped inside the history of the sexual revolution. The girls are acting like boys, the boys are going on acting like boys, and Keith Nearing - twenty years old, a literature student all clogged up with the English novel - is struggling to twist feminism and women's ascendency toward his own ends. As revolutions go, this one might have been nonviolent, but it wasn't bloodless - and now, in the twenty-first century, the events of 1970 and their repercussions are finally catching up with Keith Nearing.

About the Author

Martin Amis is the author of eleven previous novels, the memoir Experience, and two collections of stories and six of nonfiction, most recently The Second Plane. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307593573
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Education : General
Author:
Amis, Martin
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Sagas
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100511
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
370

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"Synopsis" by , The year is 1970, and it's a long, hot summer. In a castle on a mountainside in Italy, half a dozen young lives are afloat on a sea of change, trapped inside the history of the sexual revolution. The girls are acting like boys, the boys are going on acting like boys, and Keith Nearing - twenty years old, a literature student all clogged up with the English novel - is struggling to twist feminism and women's ascendency toward his own ends. As revolutions go, this one might have been nonviolent, but it wasn't bloodless - and now, in the twenty-first century, the events of 1970 and their repercussions are finally catching up with Keith Nearing.
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