Posted: Apr 9, 2008 6:05 am
I can't imagine Amis being so weak.
well, he wants to be Hitchens, but doesn't have the balls.
he's smart enough, but he has the giant chip on his shoulder of being an Amis - the Lesser Amis. He'll never write anything for the ages the way his father did. People are still assigning LUCKY JIM in lit classes... MARTIN Amis not so much... even though BOTH Amis's first novels won the Somerset Maugham Award for among other things, capturing the vibe of the times so accurately
Martin Amis's memoir, entitled EXPERIENCE, was wholly un-readable to me but you do get the relationship between father and son and can see why the younger Amis elects the position he does - acerbic and cynical beyond the postmodern fray... works in literature, but he can't make it work in reality it seems.
well, I still like his novels for the most part. LONDON FIELDS was a great read, even though you could see the author inserting himself in the narrative in a not-so-subtle way. at the end of the day, regardless of his opinions... he has a way with words, a turn of phrase that so entertains (the acerbic cynic in) me.
too bad he seems to be a douche bag in this case... how one could completely overlook a kitten suicide bomber is simply unacceptable!