Dead Babies

Dead Babies

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 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.

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: 776,039
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.54(d)

About 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.


Oxford, England

Date of Birth:

August 25, 1949

Place of Birth:

Oxford, England


B.A., Exeter College, Oxford

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Dead Babies 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 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.
SFM13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It takes a lot for me not to like a book enough to say it was ok. This book was not even that. The characters¿ behavior throughout was infantile and lacked conscious. I could excuse one, maybe two characters, but the whole cast! To me, the message gained from Amis¿s story should be ¿just say NO,¿ otherwise you may fall into a similar trap. It is hard for me to believe that anyone would really act so extreme or carry things to such an excess. In this setting the weekend party seems a challenge for all to see who can outlast the other. Amis crafted a purely dysfunctional group that seems to live only for instant gratification. Individuals from the group seem to get off with each opportunity to shock others. Then there is the human cruelty factor. Keith, the one character not socially accepted because of his appearance, receives the end of all jokes. If any of them deserves sympathy I guess he¿d be the one. In the end things turn quite nasty as the abuse of numerous drugs and overindulgence of alcohol take their toll and one dangerous, actually murderous character makes an appearance. Dead babies ¿ title is true to the end.
jeffome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! Just coming off of Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers," this was a harsh slap across the face. I suppose if I think really hard, i might be able to see the point that was trying to be made - at least i hope this was the point - that an alcoholic, drug-laden, self-serving, selfish style of living leads to a horror of morality-less squalor that is purely unpleasant to even contemplate. The question remains as to whether i and other readers needed to be subjected to 206 pages of a blatant shock-value accounting of 3 dreadful, catastrophic days in the lives of some pathetic souls involving suicide attempts, cat abuse, drug overdoses, terrorizing elderly neighbors, rape, infidelity, and on and on and on and get that point. I know, I know....I could have stopped reading at any will and all.......but i refuse to ever let a book defeat me, especially a bad one! [And besides, this review would be impossible had i not completed the task!] Possibly the thing that rankles me the most was the utter blather on the cover blurb of my edition quoted from Newsweek that had the gall to say "Amis is a born comic novelist, in the tradition that ranges from Dickens to Waugh......" Well, as a very recent Dickensian reader, and one who has read quite a few Waugh, I am stunned at this comparison......COMIC???? I think not. Both Dickens and Waugh have made me literally laugh out loud. Frankly, there is nothing funny about 'Dead Babies!"
Thunderfoot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like a British version of Less Than Zero but without empathy for any of its characters. Goes from being the sex and drug parties of privileged scumbags to close with absurd and meaningless violence. Gets an extra star for good, though self-satisfied writing. Avoid.
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