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1.0 out of 5 stars How the mighty have fallen, 19 Jan 2005
This review is from: Time's Arrow (Paperback)
I love the early Martin Amis books and I had very high expectations of this one but...
There is more truth and beauty in the single line from Vonnegut than there is in the whole of this poorly realised book.
I'm probably being a little unfair - the book is not a complete disaster but it falls so far short of my expectations that I have grown to loathe it. The idea of the book is good, not the execution. Amis cannot even maintain the conceit (about time going backwards and the implications of this) properly.
Once you know that it follows the life of a man who worked in a concentration camp in reverse you can probably auto-generate most of the ironic juxtapositions. He is a doctor who mutilates people, then he becomes a concentration cam guard who resurrects them. Now you are done.
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2012 17:05:00 BDT
Vlowman says:
I rather enjoyed this book but one thing ruined it.... reading this review first. Thanks for revealing what it's all building up to.

Posted on 11 Aug 2014 16:35:25 BDT
Mrs Raven says:
Yeah, thanks for the spoiler alert - oh wait - you didn't put one!
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