Dead Babies

Dead Babies

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by Martin Amis
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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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 Amis's 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679734499
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1991
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Vintage Edition
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
355,562
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

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

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Oxford, England
Date of Birth:
August 25, 1949
Place of Birth:
Oxford, England
Education:
B.A., Exeter College, Oxford

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Dead Babies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He walked to the baby and picked her up and ran to farmae( no typo) result two
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
._. Stalker done stalkin'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:O STALKER!