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This review is from: The Information (Paperback)
This is my favourite Martin Amis novel. (My favourite Martin Amis book is the non-fiction "Koba The Dread").
I first read "The Information" in my early 30's and loved it for the virtuoso comic writing of pinpoint accuracy, bravura wordplay and vicious, merciless satire.
I then re-read it on my 41st birthday, and loved it for all the above, plus: its pain, rage, disgust, outrage, horror, terror, disbelief, pity, tendresse, sadness... I noticed for the first time that it is dedicated to his neice Lucy Partington who was murdered by fred and rose west: The Information is an expression of furious and saddened disgust at the world we've accepted - its vacuous glitter and gree,d and its selfish violence and cynicism. There's a laugh, a sneer, a nod on every page - in every paragraph: the writings so good it makes you want to re-read every page, then tell everyone you know. Yes, there are flaws - a couple of clunky devices to disguise the denouement - but this book is overall so far ahead/above/beyond/out of the league of 99.999% of any other writer out there that any tiny flaws don't matter. This book is worth buying purely for the hilarious descriptions of the physical decrepitude, hypochondria and self-pity of the protagonist, in the first fifty pages. This is a masterpiece by an author who over recent years has devalued -, a voice crying in the wilderness, to a certain extent - but I feel recently, changes in the zeitgeist may mean his star turns back into the ascendency - no writer deserves it more.