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Experience A Memoir (Paperback)

Author:  Martin Amis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375726837
ISBN-13: 9780375726835
Sku: 30725579
Publish Date: 6/1/2001
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  432
Age Range:  NA
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The author of Heavy Water and Other Stories traces his life and career, examining his relationship with his father, comic novelist Kingsley Amis, the changing literary scene in Great Britain and the United States, and the impact of such events as the abduction and murder of his cousin by one of Britains most notorious serial killers. Reprint. 40,000 first printing. *Author: Amis, Martin *Subtitle: A Memoir *Publication Date: 2001/06/01 *Number of Pages: 406 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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Martin Amis is one of the most gifted and innovative writers of our time. With Experience, he discloses a private life every bit as unique and fascinating as his bestselling novels.

The son of the great comic novelist Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis explores his relationship with this father and writes about the various crises of Kingsley's life. He also examines the life and legacy of his cousin, Lucy Partington, who was abducted and murdered by one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers. Experience also deconstructs the changing literary scene, including Amis' portraits of Saul Bellow, Salman Rushdie, Allan Bloom, Philip Larkin, and Robert Graves, among others. Not since Nabokov's Speak, Memory has such an implausible life been recorded by such an inimitable talent. Profound, witty, and ruthlessly honest, Experience is a literary event.The author traces his life and career, examining his relationship with his father, comic novelist Kingsley Amis, the changing literary scene in Great Britain and the U.S., and the impact of the abduction and murder of his cousin by one of Britain's most notorious serial killers.Martin Amis is one of the most gifted and innovative writers of our time. With Experience, he discloses a private life every bit as unique and fascinating as his bestselling novels.

The son of the great comic novelist Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis explores his relationship with this father and writes about the various crises of Kingsley's life. He also examines the life and legacy of his cousin, Lucy Partington, who was abducted and murdered by one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers. Experience also deconstructs the changing literary scene, including Amis' portraits of Saul Bellow, Salman Rushdie, Allan Bloom, Philip Larkin, and Robert Graves, among others. Not since Nabokov's Speak, Memory has such an implausible life been recorded by such an inimitable talent. Profound, witty, and ruthlessly honest, Experience is a literary event.
Annotation:
Martin Amis's amusing, insightful, and occasionally heartbreaking memoir does not flinch from tackling the difficult subjects in his life, including his relationship with his famous father, his troubled first marriage, his media-celebrity friends, and--not least--his new and much-publicized teeth. (Among other things, he compares his teeth to those of his mentors, Saul Bellow and Vladimir Nabokov.) A New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000.
Author Bio
Martin Amis
Martin Amis, a son of novelist Kingsley Amis, was a young teenager in 1963 when his father left the family to marry another woman--an act Martin never really forgave, and that directly influenced his rebelliousness as an adolescent. Although he resisted school, however, prompting one of many headmasters to term him "unusually unpromising," he did graduate with honors from Oxford. He had perennially rivalrous relationship with his father, but he always knew he would follow in Kingsley's footsteps, and his first novel, THE RACHEL PAPERS, was published when he was 24. Just out of college, Amis became a literary editor at the Times Literary Supplement and then at the New Statesman, finally quitting in 1980 when he was becoming an important figure on the international literary scene and began to be able to support himself as a writer. Just as his father, as an "angry young man," was a major voice for his own generation, Martin Amis has been one of the writers who has shaped the work of the generation that came of age in the 1970s. In 2002, Amis turned to non-fiction with KOBA THE DREAD, an examination of atrocities commiting during Stalinism. He returned to this themes again, this time fictionally, in his 2007 novel HOUSE OF MEETINGS.

Praise

New York Times Book Review
"EXPERIENCE is a portmanteau of personal history, ancestor worship and promiscuous opinionizing, and a pi?ata of literary gossip that Amis beats with a stick, causing many names to drop....And if we stay put till the last 100 pages, it will break our heart. But meanwhile we go far too often to the dentist." - John Leonard 05/28/2000

Times Literary Supplement
"EXPERIENCE is not just an exploration of the father-son relationship, but also of what it is to be a writer; more specifically, what it is to be a writer in a culture obsessed with the idea of celebrity." - David Lodge 05/26/2000

Salon
"Sure, EXPERIENCE shows an evolution in Amis' work, and a great tenderness in the portrait of Kingsley, even from a distance, as well as hurt and betrayal over his rift with writer Julian Barnes. But where EXPERIENCE doesn't deliver on its autobiographical promise is in its avoidance of the lesser horrors and humor of everyday defeats: the divorces, the responsibilities to your kids, the unspectacular and unsensational events." - Graham Joyce 06/29/2000

Atlantic Monthly
"Martin's elliptical memoir is a very odd mixture, but easily the most memorable and moving thing in it is his portrait of his father....In EXPERIENCE, Martin eschews any...attempts at political whitewashing. If anything, he rubs in Kingsley's displeasing opinions, though as part of a rounded, penetrating, touching description of his father, in his prime and in decline." - Geoffrey Wheatcroft September 2000

New York Times
"The entertainingly footnoted volume loops back and forth in time to chronicle the author's coming of age with becoming earnestness and humor and serves up some charmingly antic set pieces including what must surely stand as the darkest and funniest account of dental surgery ever written. The book will be best remembered, however, for its wonderfully vivid portrait of the author's late father, the comic novelist and poet Kingsley Amis...In EXPERIENCE,..,Mr. Amis speaks...of the 'ordinary miracles and ordinary disasters' of real life--of what it means to be a son, and what it means to be a father with children of his own. The result is Mr. Amis's most fully realized book yet--a book that fuses his humor, intellect and daring with a new gravitas and warmth, a book that stands, at once, as a loving tribute to his father and as a fulfillment of his own abundant talents as a writer." - Michiko Kakutani 05/23/2000

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0432
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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