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Date of issue: January 26th 2001
ISBN: 0224050591
ISBN 13: 9780224050593
The author of the book: Martin Amis
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 34.38 MB
Edition: Jonathan Cape

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In this collection of essays and reviews spanning twenty-five years of
criticism, Martin Amis asserts the writer's obligation to battle "not just
cliches of the pen but cliches of the mind and cliches of the heart." He
marshals the forces of his infamous arsenal: his language, his wit, and his
intolerance for suffering fools to review, consider, and in some cases,
condemn. He takes to task the best and the brightest, including Cervantes
and Milton, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, and Norman Mailer and Elmore
Leonard. From "Great Books" to "Some American Prose," from "Popularity
Contest" to the "Ultramundane," Amis parses the classics and the
unconventional with the subversive brilliance he brings to everything he

He also skewers myths about masculinity, with great skepticism and more than
a dash of nose-thumbing humor. Unflinchingly, he lambastes the "supercharged
banality" of Elvis, the monumentally self-absorption of Andy Warhol, and
American squeamishness about movie violence. Evaluating the present
participle, casting a cold eye on the Guinness Book of Records, and the
sacrosanct image of Abraham Lincoln, Amis astutely surveys our cultural
landscape and fluctuates between celebration and castigation, with the
precision of a hypodermic.

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

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Ebook War Against Cliche read Online! 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."

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