London Fields

London Fields London Fields is Amis s murder story for the end of the millennium The murderee is Nicola Six a black hole of sex and self loathing intent on orchestrating her own extinction The murderer may be Keit

  • Title: London Fields
  • Author: Martin Amis
  • ISBN: 9780099748618
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • London Fields is Amis s murder story for the end of the millennium The murderee is Nicola Six, a black hole of sex and self loathing intent on orchestrating her own extinction The murderer may be Keith Talent, a violent lowlife whose only passions are pornography and darts Or is the killer the rich, honorable, and dimly romantic Guy Clinch

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    1. Martin Amis

      Martin Amis is an English novelist, essayist and short story writer His works include the novels Money, London Fields and The Information.The Guardian writes that all his critics have noted what Kingsley Amis his father complained of as a terrible compulsive vividness in his style that constant demonstrating of his command of English and it s true that the Amis ness of Amis will be recognisable in any piece before he reaches his first full stop Amis s raw material is what he sees as the absurdity of the postmodern condition with its grotesque caricatures He has thus sometimes been portrayed as the undisputed master of what the New York Times has called the new unpleasantness.

    442 thoughts on “London Fields”

    1. Samson Young, first-person narrator of this Martin Amis novel, is a somewhat jaded, frequently sarcastic and acerbic 40-something intellectual literary writer from, not surprisingly, New York City. But his hard-edged Big Apple voice is absolutely pitch-perfect for the story he is telling, a story involving a host of memorable and very human characters, not to mention a couple of super-human characters: an Incredible Hulk-like toddler and one doozy of a MAN MAGNET, and, yes, indeed, that’s spel [...]

    2. What a fun fucking book. I blew off everything today (and, well, most of the week) just to read this book, because it was that fucking fun. God, I loved this book. I just read it nonstop, and when the recurring irritation that is my life did tear me away, I kept thinking about what I'd read, and just ached to go back to read it some more. I went at this book hard, folks, and now that I'm finished, I feel like I barely can walk across the room. Maybe this qualifies as Too Much Information, but I [...]

    3. Ha!I did it. I finished London Fields, after a week or so on a roller coaster, up and down, loving it, hating it, being annoyed, bored, laughing out loud, bored again. In the end, I actually caught myself crying as well, which was the last thing I expected, having worked up a genuine distaste for the book somewhere in the middle.I don't think I have ever read a book that I could easily give either one star or five stars, and feel perfectly justified to do so. I rarely change my mind so completel [...]

    4. Back before and the interwebz, most discussions of pop culture, for me, usually took place in bars. After work. Late. Half-sober. Some sample conversational starters/topics:What was Marlon Brando’s best performance? Does it involve butter?Why does Pon Farr take seven years? Does this mean the Vulcan’s don’t have porn?Who was the greatest left handed pitcher of the seventies?What do you mean there’s another version of Blade Runner?How drunk is “Tom Waits drunk”?Why can’t we meet wo [...]

    5. Many thanks to ⇨ this review⇦ for providing the inspiration!Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh! Gosh!Gosh.♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥I haven’t read a bo [...]

    6. THE BRITISH CLASS SYSTEMAt the top there is the Monarchy and the aristocracy. They're all still there, no one has gone away. The 14th Duke of Banffshire and all the scurvy crew. The only good news is - they're not allowed to hunt foxes any more ! Yay - one and a half cheers for democracy! So that's the Upper Class.Next step down is the complicated Middle Class which is divided into three :Upper middle : these are your professions, of course. Judges, lawyers, bankers, etc. There was a radio inter [...]

    7. ”This is the story of a murder. It hasn't happened yet. But it will. (It had better.) I know the murderer, I know the murderee. I know the time, I know the place. I know the motive (her motive) and I know the means. I know who will be the foil, the fool, the poor foal, also utterly destroyed. I couldn't stop them, I don't think, even if I wanted to. The girl will die. It's what she always wanted. You can't stop people, once they start. You can't stop people, once they start creating.What a gif [...]

    8. London Fields is a book with a plot so pointless it made me angry, and a cast of blatant stereotypes. It's distinguished by some flourishes of wonderful writing, and the presence of one character who is one of my favourite creations of modern British fiction.Initially, there is plenty to like. The narrator – a failed American writer on a house-swap in London – has an engaging line in self-doubt, a brooding sense of millennial disaster, and a neat turn of phrase. The traffic-clogged, grimy st [...]

    9. First published in 1989, London Fields is now often considered to be Martin Amis's magnum opus. The New York Times described it as a "virtuoso depiction of a wild and lustful society" and a "large book of comic and satirical invention", which succeeds as a "picaresque novel rich in its effects".The Guardian was a little less positive, and called the book "a cheat. A con-trick", writing that "from start to finish, all 470 pages of it, it's an elaborate tease." But the paper couldn't brush it off [...]

    10. This book just has it all. Um. That's not very specific. I suppose I'd better say what "it" is. Well off the top of my head: an engaging femme fatale, an equally engaging anti-hero - Keith Talent is an asshole's asshole - a dangerous baby, psychic powers, explicit descriptions of sex and competitive darts (though not both at the same time), references to nuclear and climate-related apocalypses, witty and stylish writing. Pause for breath. I know I'm missing a bunch of things. A plot? An ending? [...]

    11. My first Amis. Didn't disappoint! I'm not sure it pulled off its staggering ambitions but it's very easy to enjoy, if you enjoy elaborately witty studies of human perversity and pain.Character-driven is a term you often hear applied to fiction. It applies here more than usual, and in a different sense. The characters are stock types that Amis has elevated to the realm of literary internality without really changing their status as stock types. They're familiar to anyone familiar with crime stori [...]

    12. People often say Martin Amis in the brilliant guy at the party you avoid, but Amis actually can roll a great joint and cut a fine rail. Also he knows secrets about the host that you'd have never suspected. His breath is terrible, though, and he keeps trying to kiss you.

    13. This incoherent tale oozes malignant intent and world weary cynicism. None of the main characters have any positive traits whatsoever. They are variously weak, selfish, greedy, naive, manipulative and violent. The story is punctuated by the self-conscious musings of a narrator who is both seperate from, and part of, the story. These interruptions become grating after a while and are superflous to the narrative. Amis's representation of Keith Talent serves as a crude representation of the tabloid [...]

    14. Congratulations, little 470-page tome. You outbid Ada in the little push-pull contest I had going on all evening. It was either you or her. You won. I hope that you don't disappoint me. You won't disappoint me. Your author is, according to the jacket copy, "a force unto himself". I imagine your author looks in the mirror, flashes his teeth and nods, "I am a force unto myself!" before going about his day, drawling in American to his American wife, "I think I'd really like to hit America--no, no, [...]

    15. A highly engaging novel from the Dean of Bloated, Ponderous, Semi-Comic Cerebral Wank.Martin's novels are renowned for their "composite" qualities, i.e. he writes three separate books and mashes them together. London Fields is a "profound" murder mystery, a scathing satire on hack writers (no surprises there), and a "state of Britain" epic all at once.The end result is as uneven, stylistically overindulgent and frustratingly dense as you could expect from Amis. But his characters are very entert [...]

    16. Quite possibly the worst book I have ever read. It may have had its moment but that moment was ages ago and now it is just an overlong dully but pretentiously written sexist piece of trash. Life is too short.

    17. Composição da narrativa: Testosterona - 80%Progesterona - 20%Interesse despertado pela leitura: Aborrecimento - 70%Entusiasmo – 30%Expressões visíveis durante o processo: Atenção – 70%Dispersão – 30%Sons audíveis enquanto a sujeita olhava o livro: Bocejo - 90%Riso – 10%Empatia com as personagens: Bébé Marmaduke – 99%Restantes – 1%Desistênca a cerca de 60% do final. Nota: Marmaduke é um super bébé que morde, arranca olhos e bate, forte e feio, em todos que se aproximam. [...]

    18. Amis in AmmosA volte succede che ti ricordi di più le condizioni di lettura delle storie o dei personaggi: questo Amis mi era venuta voglia di leggerlo ricordando il piacere perverso provato con il crudele e ammaliante L'informazione. E così nell'agosto 2012, in larga parte a Patmos, sulla sabbia, all'ombra di una tamerice in riva al mare dopo lo scollinamento a piedi per raggiungere la spiaggia di Psili Amos, con piacevole contrasto rispetto alle vie di Londra dove si mangiano piccantissimi c [...]

    19. Consider me dazzled, yet the very flurry of distorting mirrors and laser images reveal more about Mr. Amis and England than about The Novel (as it were) or The End -- in whatever eschatological capacity is extended to the present day punter. The figure of Keith Talent is amazingly realized, aside from the slurs, the belches and the nudges, there is something monstrously vivid in his haunts (both senses) and struggles. He may be Martin's Bloom.Nicola Six's machinations were as uncomfortable for t [...]

    20. The story is about a murder that is going to happen, that book is about 450 pages (21 hours) leading up to that event. You know who is going to die, so that is not a secret. Nikki Six knows she is going to die and accepts that. She convinces one main character she is a virgin, while in reality being quite the slut. She has a fetish that she lets the narrator in on and in her own mind goes on to compare it as Cygnus X1, a binary star system in which one of the stars is now a black hole. One gives [...]

    21. Martin, Martin, Martin. I remember this from reading Money: you overstay your welcome, Martin.I was right there with you for 300, 350 pages, really, even the weird sex stuff the femme fatale fantasy which strikes me as a bit more of the inside of your head than I want to see, the whole nine yards. I was good, I was prepared to cut you every kind of slack -- the cute author who's also our narrator thing, some pretty disgusting characters, the excess of Marmaduke, the coyness about the world situa [...]

    22. Martin Amis suffers from the same syndrome as his father. Kingsley Amis Syndrome. Also known as Ken Kesey Syndrome but not to be confused with Harper Lee Syndrome. A stellar first novel ala the Rachel Papers and then a steep decline into a babbling imbecile who more or less writes as a way to mentally masturbate and force you, the reader, to watch. This book was little more than a bumbling, mumbling jumble of words. And not very many words, at that. Because within the first twenty pages he uses [...]

    23. Wow -- this was so not my thing. And it wasn't that I was offended. I was just not impressed. It had so much unrealized potential no, that's not it. Some of the ideas, like some of the characterization and plot devices, could have developed in a more edited way in someone else's hands. But there was nothing unrealized about this book. He realized the hell out of it, and then some. That's the problem. Maybe it's that whole post-modern-you-get-to-know-everything-and-then-some kind of thing, but th [...]

    24. I loved this book and it is one of my top ten favorites of all time. The novel is sheer virtuousity, and what might suffer under the weight of showiness and pretense really works here because at the end of it all, it is so well written. And the book turns on you, an unexpected ending that made me read the book a second time after the first to see it with more narrative clarity--thematically, the reader and the protagonist suffer from the same limited omniscience—they are in it together; a posi [...]

    25. Martin Amis é um cabrão. Goza com pessoas de bem. Goza com as personagens. Goza com a linguagem. Goza com quem lhe editou o livro. Goza com os leitores. Só não goza com ele próprio. Por isso é um cabrão.O primeiro Amis que li foi o Yellow Dog. Gostei sem reservas. Corrijo. Adorei sem reservas. Tão, tão bom, o filho da puta do livro. London Fields podia ser quase tão bom, mas o que lhe acontece nesse quase é o suficiente para, a dada altura, dizer-lhe "não estou com paciência para te [...]

    26. Author has a great knowledge of vocabulary. Some characters are a bit too slimy for me to want to spend 470( sometimes dense) pages with. Ex: Keith Talent steals from gullible old women, ingnores/ cheats on his wife with one of his numerous girlfriends(one of which is a 16 year old prostitute: managed by her mother), gets drunk all the day long. Amis has his moments of insight and there are some moving and excitable passages but just as often he overplays his hand with excessively flowery and se [...]

    27. It's a Martin Amis book. You will feel kind of defiled and filthy after reading it, but also sharper and challenged. I read this book aloud to my girl years back, and for months afterward we would both horse around and try to talk like Keith Talent. He really is one of the most memorable in a long line of Amis scumbags: Rather dangerous, but the book sort of builds him up, deflates him and makes him seem rather pathetic, though not as much so as Money's John Self, for example.The scenario here i [...]

    28. Six and darts and MarmadukeMartin Amis è uno scrittore talentuoso, infatti L’informazione è un libro molto brillante e divertente. Questo London fields invece mi ha molto deluso, dal titolo evocativo alla copertina della prima edizione italiana, che potevano evocare spazi aperti e malinconici o aperti e metropolitani, un po’ azzurri nella combinazione distanza/crepuscolo.Sulla quarta di copertina una quantità di testate autorevoli strillano al capolavoro: poiché il libro è del 1989, non [...]

    29. A hyperbolic sledgehammer of a book, vicious and vitriolic. It is a wonderfully inventive post-modern crime story, with a broad and vivid cast of London life, that sadly rings a little too true. I'm not a big Amis fan, but I loved London Fields. While written in the late 80s, it still feels highly relevant today. Perhaps it would have seemed less so in the middle of Blair's premiership, but the new age of austerity suits book just fine. The dread of imminent apocalypse (a touch of JG Ballard the [...]

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