London Fields Paperback
by Martin Amis
There is a murderer, there is a murderee, and there is a foil.
Everyone is always out there searching for someone and something, usually for a lover, usually for love. And this is a love story. But the murderee - Nicola Six - is searching for something and someone else: her murderer.
She knows the time, she knows the place, she knows the motive, she knows the means.
She just doesn't know the man. London Fields is a brilliant, funny and multi-layered novel.
It is a book in which the narrator, Samson Young, enters the Black Cross, a thoroughly undesirable public house, and finds the main players of his drama assembled, just waiting to begin.
It's a gift of a story from real life...all Samson has to do is write it as it happens.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/06/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099748618
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Review by soylentgreen23
My first Amis - I haven't read Amis Sr. yet, though I have long been encouraged to - and, when I read it, I thought it was perfect. I want to reread it, but I daren't - what if it wasn't as good as I thought?So what do I like so much? I like the language - those teeth Amis put in his mouth by way of his wallet surely gleam down on his typewriter. I like the fastforward/rewind method of intertwining the stories. I like the ending - so much, it hurt.
Review by ecevans
blistering and humane at the very same time, Keith, the main character is as toxic as his wife and child are heartbreaking. The narrator is amazing and his dance with Nicola Six one of the most strange relationships in all literature. Amazing. Read it.
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Review by kirstiecat
I read this a few weeks ago but was in my typical maelstrom of work and shooting shows and never had a chance to write about it. Ok, well, one thing that just really strikes me about the book more than anything is how vivid the characters are and if you like rich characterizations, this book is for you. I also think the story line has quite a few twists and that the book on the whole seems filled with hints of what I would call early experimental fiction characteristics. I'd be pretty surprised if Paul Auster wasn't a fan.
Review by beabatllori
I'm a tad confused about this one. I really, really wanted to like it. The premise is awesome, the characters are complex and three-dimensional, the writing is top-notch. But somehow it manages to be unbearably <i>slow</i> too. <br/>It makes me angry, because it's been my first Martin Amis, and I can't help but admit that he's one of the best authors I've encountered for some time, as in "ooooh, this paragraph is so literary, and this one, and this one". But he keeps using that talent to go over the same things over and over again, and you end up frustrated, because you already understand everybody's motives and you have for the last 200 pages, and you just want the story to freakin' move FORWARD.<br/>Martin Amis is an awesome writer in each and every isolated paragraph. But on the whole, it just didn't work for me.
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