Dead Babies

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If the Marquis de Sade were to crash one of P. G. Wodehouse's house parties, the chaos might resemble the nightmarishly funny goings-on in this novel by the author of London Fields. The residents of Appleseed Rectory have primed themselves both for a visit from a triad of Americans and a weekend of copious drug taking and sexual gymnastics. There's even a heifer to be slugged and a pair of doddering tenants to be ingeniously harassed. But none of these variously bright and dull young things has counted on the ...

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Overview

If the Marquis de Sade were to crash one of P. G. Wodehouse's house parties, the chaos might resemble the nightmarishly funny goings-on in this novel by the author of London Fields. The residents of Appleseed Rectory have primed themselves both for a visit from a triad of Americans and a weekend of copious drug taking and sexual gymnastics. There's even a heifer to be slugged and a pair of doddering tenants to be ingeniously harassed. But none of these variously bright and dull young things has counted on the intrusion of "dead babies" — dreary spasms of reality. Or on the uninvited presence of a mysterious prankster named Johnny, whose sinister idea of fun makes theirs look like a game of backgammon.

This nightmarishly funny novel by the internationally acclaimed author of London Fields displays Martin Amis at the top of his form as he describes a wildly decadent and grotesquely misfired weekend at an English country house.

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"Sparkling might not be the first adjective that springs to mind to describe a novel packed with the concentrated disgust which Dead Babies contains. Nevertheless, Martin Amiss version of the bleak and wrecky future that awaits a sex-and-drug-addicted society is so fizzing with style, so busy with verbal inventiveness, that the adjective is impelled upon one." — Julian Barnes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679734499
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1991
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Edition description: Vintage Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 791,376
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the best-selling author of several books, including London Fields, Money, The Information, and, most recently, Experience. He lives in London.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Martin Louis Amis (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Oxford, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 25, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Oxford, England
    1. Education:
      B.A., Exeter College, Oxford

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2000

    Not for those with a weak stomach, but classic Amis.

    I find it interesting that Martin Amis has written essays brimming with contempt for William Burroughs' prose. In this novel he seems to be trying to create a British Naked Lunch. Dead Babies is decadent to the extreme, ludicrously if loosely plotted, and manages to provide moments for the reader of looking at the page in shock and horror, and then reading it again. Less of a social commentary than most of his other fiction, this book is purely an exercise in the comic grotesque, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Alec

    He walked to the baby and picked her up and ran to farmae( no typo) result two

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Stalker

    WHERE?!?! *Runs around then slams into a wall.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Storm

    :O STALKER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Jasper

    That's an odd rule... and glad you guessed it ^_^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Stalker

    ._. Stalker done stalkin'.

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