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The Pregnant Widow

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  • Posted July 17, 2010

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    Meh

    Through his protagonist/narrator Keith Nearing, Amis explores the sexual revolution of the late 1960s/early 1970s. Ensconced for the summer in an Italian castle with his girlfriend, Lily, her friend, ridiculously named Scheherezade, and visited by a dwarf count, Gloria (a Scottish tease of a dominatrix with a religious bent), a gay couple, and various other characters, Keith learns what it means when the rules of the game are in flux.

    Truthfully, after a short while, I got tired of hearing about Keith's maneuvering to get into Scheherezade's pants, his Victorian novel fantasies about Gloria, his boredom with the loving but obsessive Lily, and his concerns that someone else would get into Scheherezade's pants before he did. I lived through this period (although, admittedly, I didn't run in a similar crowd), yet I found the novel awfully tedious. There was also a meanness to it that certainly rang true of the times but was nevertheless ugly. There were moments of humor, but I suspect that The Pregnant Widow will most appeal to die-hard Amis fans.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    Sex That's So Unsexy

    Recently I read Amis' Success and enjoyed it, so I looked forward to The Pregnant Widow. I might have created high expectations, but I never imagined that a book with lots of sex could be such a slog. This novel is just plain boring. As another Brit, Simon Cowell, might say "Sorry."

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

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    Looking Back

    Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Graydon Carter speaks of the disappointment many readers have felt over Martin Amis's fiction in the wake of his brilliant beginnings. Carter claims that with "The Pregnant Widow" Amis has recovered at least a few of his old chops.

    I disagree. While the characters and situations of this novel remind us of books like "The Rachel Papers" and "Dead Babies," the brilliant wit and the general outlandishness are lacking. In their place is an undertone of ennui. The story, set in or around 1970, features twenty-somethings vacationing in an Italian castle, ever so thrilled to be part of the sexual revolution. Since the narrator is an older man looking back, you might expect either some sharp satire or serious meditation. You'd be disappointed. Amis's subtitle, "Inside History," has intellectual pretensions, but alas, they aren't realized either.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    High Quality Soporific

    This is certainly the best written boring book I have ever read. Be prepared for the excruciating details of life in a luxurious European setting as lived by a small group of vacationing wealthy, pampered American youths obsessed with--what else--sex and seduction, tantalizing themselves, but alas, not the reader.

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  • Posted September 6, 2010

    Boring characters, no passion

    I'm a great fan of Amis's nonfiction. Korba the Dread was one of the most compelling books I've read in a decade, but while the Pregnant Widow has a humorous and welcoming first 30 pages, it bogs down and Amis is left with packing the novel with a host of new characters in order to give the sense that the plot is moving forward. I doesn't work. I read something like twenty novels this summer, including the mammoth 2666, and this is the only one I gave up on. I made it 2/3s of the way through and put aside. Skip this one.

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