Other People: A Mystery Story

Other People: A Mystery Story

by Martin Amis


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She wakes in an emergency room in a London hospital, to a voice that tells her: "You're on your own now. Take care. Be good." She has no knowledge of her name, her past, or even her species. It takes her a while to realize that she is human — and that the beings who threaten, befriend, and violate her are other people. Some of whom seem to know all about her.

In this eerie, blackly funny, and sometimes disorienting novel, Martin Amis gives us a mystery that is as ambitious as it is intriguing, an investigation of a young woman's violent extinction that also traces her construction of a new and oddly innocent self.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679735892
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/1994
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Vintage
Pages: 223
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(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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Other People: A Mystery Story 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
rockdg9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've never read a book like this before. I loved the narrative style - inside the mind of the innocent amnesiac Mary, and that of the omnipresent narrator. It was witty and intense, and darkly-humourous.
stefano on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quite disappointingly squanders an interesting premise with a story that really goes nowhere. It is deeply unsatisfactory to me (as it was to Aristotle who made the same remark on dramatic plots that get magically solved by the intervention of a deus ex machina) to read a self described mystery story where there is no engaging or recognizably intelligent set up and solution of the mystery. I think I am done with Martin Amis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Other People:A Mystery Story was very interesting, and it captures you from the first page. Although some parts were rather disturbing, and eerie, over all this was a fabulous book. The first time reading it was a bit confusing, but it all pieces together like a jig-saw puzzle. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have, and if you have not read this, i highly reccomend it! You'll love it!