Everyone is always out there searching for someone and something, usually for a lover, usually for love. And this is a love story. But the murderee - Nicola Six - is searching for something and someone else: her murderer. She knows the time, she knows the place, she knows the motive, she knows the means. She just doesn't know the man. London ...
Everyone is always out there searching for someone and something, usually for a lover, usually for love. And this is a love story. But the murderee - Nicola Six - is searching for something and someone else: her murderer. She knows the time, she knows the place, she knows the motive, she knows the means. She just doesn't know the man. London Fields is a brilliant, funny and multi-layered novel. It is a book in which the narrator, Samson Young, enters the Black Cross, a thoroughly undesirable public house, and finds the main players of his drama assembled, just waiting to begin. It's a gift of a story from real life ...all Samson has to do is write it as it happens.
If anyone was at doubt about Amis as a novelist of incredible talent, this book should quell their thoughts. Amis is a master of 'black humor' which I find thoroughtly entertaining. The story line, the titles he gives to his characters and that inside look into everyone's thoughts and their patterns is genious. Nicola Six wants to take her dance with death her way as the murderee, meanwhile manipulating the 3 men involved in her scheme. However, only one man knows this and he becomes her murderer, and at last the choice is revealed. A highly entertaining book, this lead to many more ie. Times Arrow , The InFormation, Yellow Dog and most recently, The House of Meetings. Also his exegesis found in every novel about space and time is very 'right' for Amis.
Publishers Weekly, 1991-03-01 In this very British tale, femme fatale Nicola Six manipulates racist, sexist scoundrel Keith Talent and well-mannered, naive Guy Clinch as an omniscient narrator/novelist spies on the trio in order to develop his book. ``Relentlessly bitter, often brutally funny, hypnotically readable, it may also be quite opaque in places to an American readership,'' said PW. Author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1990-01-05 Amis has been writing dark, sardonically powerful novels ( Money ; Success ) over the past 10 years, but this hugely ambitious, apocalyptic vision of moldering lives in a London tottering on the edge of extinction leaps far beyond them. Relentlessly bitter, often brutally funny, hypnotically readable, it may also be quite opaque in places to an American readership. It is the convoluted tale of Nicola Six, a brilliant femme fatale convinced that she will be killed by one of two men she has brought into her life, men who are at once wonderfully created characters and figures strongly symbolic of two aspects of the British psyche: Keith Talent, scabrous petty crook, compulsive fornicator, racist and sexist, lost to all shades of human feeling except a passion for darts, a pub game at which he aspires to be a champion; and Guy Clinch, a hereditarily wealthy, well-mannered but terminally inhibited man whose basic decency seems irrelevant to the world of Nicola and Keith. There is also a narrator in the persona of the novelist himself; he writes actual chapters meditating on his characters and the progress of the story--interpolations which could have been fatal to the narrative but are so skillfully interwoven that they become part of its grim, headlong texture. There are also two charmingly portrayed babies--Keith's, an angelic, suffering little girl; and Guy's Marmaduke, a horrendously violent infant who eats nannies for breakfast--outstanding among a cast of Dickensian richness and variety. What may keep the book from being as successful on this side of the Atlantic as at home (it was for weeks Britain's No. 1 bestseller) is its density of British references--the language (Keith's is stunningly mimicked), the pub atmosphere, the London geography--and the palpable sense of doom Amis evokes for the city as the millennium nears and the sun sinks ever lower. But adventurous readers will be thrilled by the book's somber passion, its virtuoso style and daring range. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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