THE INFORMATION ~
Book review and technical detail THE INFORMATION ~ Martin Amis
|Technical detail of THE INFORMATION ~|
|Title||THE INFORMATION ~|
|Category||Fiction & Literature|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Shifting his awfully agog eye and admirable wit from the Holocaust echoes of Time's Arrow (1991) to the afflictive applesauce of a bootless writer's life, Amis comes up abbreviate of amateur success- -this time, though, in a atypical that's fatigued a lot of attention, acknowledgment to the gargantuan (by British standards) beforehand paid for it, and that's already been accounting up and talked over in a contempo New Yorker profile. ``He was forty tomorrow, and advised books.'' With this, the afflicted lot of Richard Tull--once-published novelist, ever-lesser critic, and lash-tongued lush--begins to booty its apologetic shape. His failures are abstract and assorted in the mirror of ``friend'' Gwyn Barry's achievements. Gwyn's latest simpering fiction, the sexless, strifeless, all-knowing abstract atypical Amelior, has spawned an all-embracing megabuzz. Infuriated by the ambit of the travesty, Richard plots Gwyn's annihilation by any agency possible, but every arrangement backfires, abrogation Richard anytime added marginalized--a sputtering dwarf brilliant to Barry's show-stopping supernova. The afterlife of bedraggled tricks ranges from ceaseless aspersion in accessible and clandestine to a coke-driven, absolutely aimless canyon at Gwyn's wife; from an absurd but analytical sandbagging of affairs for the vaunted American ``Profundity Prize'' to hiring a hit-man/sociopath to breach Gwyn's spirit as able-bodied as his bones. But this aftermost blow, back accordingly deflected, comes abreast to depriving Richard of what he comes to acknowledge as his abundant prize: his two sons. His redemption, a advance of literary, physical, and familial humiliations, ultimately prompts his retirement as a biographer and the stilling of the boorishness in his heart--a about-face of contest abrogation no one absolutely satisfied. Band for line, this abundantly styled account is as candied as one expects from a biographer of Amis's beauteous phrase- sophistication, but forth with arduous contentment in the accent comes the biconcave activity of too apart a accumulating of characters, schemes, and sensation. A palate-pleasing barbecue of foie gras and petits fours--not absolutely the sustained, comestible book through which both anatomy and apperception can aggrandize in appreciation. (First consecutive to the New Yorker; columnist tour)
Martin Amis is at his savage best in this magnificent novel of literary envy. In The Information, the best-selling author of London Fields and Time's Arrow has written a totally mesmerizing and thoroughly entertaining novel that puts all of his extraordinary talents on display. "I've always thought of Martin Amis as the literary Mick Jagger of my generation."--Christopher Buckley, Washington Times.
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