The revelation of the book, however, lies in the body of the book, in its weave and stitching. Copious footnotes adorn most pages, not digressive but novelistically collusive to a self-defeating desire to "speak without artifice". A book of love, it is also one of the funniest books ever to wear the cloak of death and mortality so constantly. Money was a novel, says Amis, about "the fear that childlessness will condemn you to childishness". This volume, about how many people leave a room compared to entering it--to quote a recurrent theme--exorcises that particular fear, and a more general dread that has perpetually haunted his prose. Experience, pitched between his splendid journalism and his fiction, is a wake-up call to those who have too easily dismissed his work. It is a considerable, haunting work. --David Vincent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Mr Amis is as brutally honest, funny and wonderfully articulate as ever in this memoir built around his father, Kingsley.Published 2 months ago by The travelling knifegrinder
I purchased this expecting it to be a real treat to read. No such luck. Very hard to read, the footnotes more than irksome and probably the most pretentious and self-indulgent... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marianne Cupit
The photograph on the cover of this book is in many ways indicative of its content; like all of Martin Amis' work, this memoir is an achievement of masterful chiaroscuro, dealing... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andrew Mottram
Well, first things first: this is the best autobiography I have ever read. Ever. It is also very possibly the best book of any type that I have ever read, although that claim, as... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Philip Mayo
I would like to say that this book gave me great pleasure, but since it is about pain and loss, besides abiding love, perhaps a more appropriate comment would be that I read it... Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2012 by Elizabeth Scarratt
I had always fancied reading a Martin Amis book and unfortunately selected this one.
As I progressed some 40% into the book it increasingly became such an irritation... Read more
Experience? This guy and his ignorance... The biggest sham in the lit world, Martin Amis. In a few 50s years no one is going to care for this idiot, and his nonsense cause at no... Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2012 by SamSpade