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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2003

    Not For The Masses

    This work can best be appreciated if: 1.) You are an Anglophile 2.) You have read all (or most of) the literary works referenced in this book. While many critics have analyzed Martin's exquisite prose (and unusual style) in this novel as being a postmodern display of the Apocalypse written in English (with a notable Professor linking the four main characters as The Horsemen), why not appreciate this work as it stands? It grabs you from the start, builds the readers' interest in the characters and plot, titillates every lobe of their combined consciousness, and delivers!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    Correction of review inaccuracies

    A great book - hilarious and repulsive in equal parts and very much a novel of its time. Sadly, other reviews have included some errors which should be set straight. Anyone claiming that there is no murder clearly did not make it to the end of the book. There is a murder and we discover the identity of the murderer. Likewise it is worth pointing out that Nicola Six is not a psychic who has a premonition of who will murder her - she knows who it will be because she judges in that person a capacity to kill and then manipulates events towards that end. Any suggestion that she has mysterious telepathic powers can only be due to a very flawed reading of the novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2002

    Titillating? Yes. Fascinating? Yes. Genius? No.

    I concur with the previous reviewer who laments another reader's assertion that no murder occurs. However, the reviewer's indignation over calling Nicola Six a psychic is misplaced. I've read this book over 100 times and Amis mentions more than once that Nicola "always knew what was going to happen", even as a child. That cleared up, I think it's necessary to mention that Martin Amis can be more facile with the English language than almost any other writer but comes on a bit heavy handed when he's philosophizing. Read this book for the same reasons you watch a lurid B movie. An anglophile like myself will wallow in his descriptions of life on the Portobello Road, but those less enamored of British society may be left cold.

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