Rachel Papers

Rachel Papers

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by Martin Amis
     
 

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In his uproarious first novel Martin Amis, author of the bestselling London Fields, gave us one of the most noxiously believable — and curiously touching — adolescents ever to sniffle and lust his way through the pages of contemporary fiction. On the brink of twenty, Charles High-way preps desultorily for Oxford, cheerfully loathes his father, and

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In his uproarious first novel Martin Amis, author of the bestselling London Fields, gave us one of the most noxiously believable — and curiously touching — adolescents ever to sniffle and lust his way through the pages of contemporary fiction. On the brink of twenty, Charles High-way preps desultorily for Oxford, cheerfully loathes his father, and meticulously plots the seduction of a girl named Rachel — a girl who sorely tests the mettle of his cynicism when he finds himself falling in love with her.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Amis's vision of adolescence is an unvarnished, terrifying and hilarious one."— New Yorker

"A truly sexy and funny book...a delight...the best teenage sex novel since Goodbye Columbus." — New York

"Amis is a born comic novelist, in the tradition that ranges from Dickens to Waugh...He can find laughter in catastrophe and knows that morality shifts sneakily between absolutes and ambiguity...Amis's mercurial style...can rise to Joycean brilliance."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679734581
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1992
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Vintage
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
761,740
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.63(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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Rachel Papers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book! it was funny, and i found i could relate to certain aspects. i love these types of stories told through diaries. in my opinion charles highways quirks are hard not to enjoy reading about
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is crucial for anyone who is full of self-doubt, is self-obsessed & requires way too much self-indulgence. Full of neurotic humor and wicked English charm. Charles Highway is absolutely hilarious and a completely absorbing character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story in the vein of Catcher in the Rye....just the British version.
Ronald_Beasley More than 1 year ago
'Believable' is the most accurate word Amazon uses to describe Martin Amis' first novel, and it is striking in the excess physical detail it reveals about the sexual and hygienic habits of teenagers, however disgusting. The story is cynical and sometimes rude, with punches pulled only when boredom weakens the protagonist, Charles Highway. Romantic this book is not, even though Charles is able to surpass his over-analysis of life and love long enough for his intuition to win him Rachel, the catch to end all catches. Amis' novel is the record of Charles' record of this affair, given to us in the twilight of his teens. Their relationship was always on the edge of a cliff, to Charles anyway, but they were able to love each other for as long as they could before that fatal flaw of teenagers set in: immaturity. Thus Amis, and really Charles too, prove themselves more capable of criticizing love than Shakespeare, proving also that trying to understand love with rationality is self-destructive, both for the relationship and its pathetic actors. I enjoyed reading Amis' (sorry, Charles') thought process more than the story itself, partially because Amis is a good writer but also because the story is older than writing itself. The plot cannot be vindicated, having followed countless similar stories of teenage love. Amis showed his potential as a writer, though, and has since become very successful and beloved in literary circles. That is the real benefit of this book. It might be better for you, the reader, to begin with one of his better-loved books, like Money: A Suicide Note (Penguin Ink) or London Fields, returning to his first book only if you're a big enough fan to want to follow his style down through the years. Otherwise, it's a quick, fairly enjoyable read, not disappointing but not as enlightening as Amis perhaps hoped it would be.
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