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One of my favorite books,
This review is from: The Rachel Papers (Paperback)
I first read this book 6 years ago when I was 16 and I loved it, I've read it many times since and would say it's one of my favourite books, along with Dead Babies, actually. I adore the unrelenting, beautiful crudeness of the descriptions as well as the style of the writing, it constantly impresses Amis' masterful control of the language. Almost every-other line contains an original, precious and quotable, phrase.
I think the people that would enjoy this book the most are possibly males around the same age as, and who identify at least somewhat with, Charles Highway. Ultimately, beyond the hilarity of the prose, it's quite a sad and moving book. It maybe slightly immature for the older reader, but then again, it is exuberantly funny and cleverly written.
The main accusation levelled at Martin Amis about this book is that it is almost entirely autobiographical, a claim he refuted to some degree in Experience. This didn't stop it winning the Somerset Maugham Award, and it won't stop you enjoying this great piece of writing.