Yellow Dog Hardcover – 4 Sep 2003
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Martin Amis at his best. Wonderful. Extravagantly funny (Guardian)
As clever and convincing as ever (Sunday Telegraph)
One of the best novels he's written. As funny as Dead Babies, as blackly portentous as London Fields and as satirically on-the-nail as Money. Perfectly weighted, exquisitely observed and rich in condensed meaning. (Mail on Sunday)
[There] are moments of magical vigilance and great emotional delicacy, intimations of a quite different kind of writer that Amis could be, or would be, perhaps, were it not for the demands of his devastating comic gift. (Guardian)
Mind-tinglingly good. He seems to have guessed what you thought about the world, and then expressed it far better than you ever could. Here is a novel to silence the doubters. Amis has found a subject to match the tessellated polish of his style. (Observer)
Amis's first novel since The Information: a post 9/11 comedy (2003-03-03)See all Product Description
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The themes and characters are familiar Amis tropes - low life crooks, the upper classes, pornography, and the "category-error" of rampant male violence. But "Yellow Dog" does see Amis branching out in the form to an extent not seen since 1991's "Time's Arrow". While the prose is versatile, endlessly inventive and cuttingly precise, Amis opts here for a fragmented form, stuttering and abrupt, that brilliantly reflects his central concerns. This is very much a 21st century novel, and it is permeated with a feeling of discontinuity and dull paranoia. It is also, as we have come to expect, very, very funny.
Occasionally this style doesn't quite pull together, and the ending (as is usual for an Amis book) isn't quite satisfactory, but there is no one else in the country who is producing literature as edgy and stylised as this. Amis is a modern master, and "Yellow Dog", while not being the best introduction for new readers, is absolutely essential for anyone who wants an early reading of what this century is going to be like. And in an unusual twist for the Amis canon, the book does attempt a redemptive conclusion. Perhaps Amis' dark and cynical imagination is beginning to move out into the light.
First off this is Martin Amis, so it must be judged by a different standard. Amis is one of the few writers who I will seek out and often read twice.
I've listened to 'Money' on Audible at least a dozen times. It is sublime.
Everything that could be said about 'Yellow Dog' has been said already by other reviewers. I especially like the Salvador Dali ditty.
Specifically re. Yellow Dog: the royal family strand to the novel does not sit well with gangster/porno vibe and the airplane crash is just plain (Amisesque homophonic quip there) incongruous - although I do appreciate the metaphor about male violence persisting beyond the grave.
Likewise... what is the relevance of the looming comet strand doing in this novel?
One frustrating Amis trait is his tendency to be abstract. While this keeps you guessing it can be downright confusing. Yellow Dog is full of examples: the eventual plane crash - what happened to the passengers? The blinding of Clint Smoker and his car crash - we can only guess what happened? We know the outcome, but not the exact events. Maybe I'm reading too fast!
Amis is always entertaining and that's surely the point. A novel is about entertainment. Amis is very entertaining.
This was the first time I've skipped a chapter in an Amis novel: a chapter about the fictitious royal family was simply boring and incredible.
The rest of the book was funny, clever, erudite and quite often brilliant.
Amis is at his best when he keeps it simple. Money: one central character, John Self; first person narrative: stream of consciousness.
But sometimes he's just too clever for the rest of us!
I've always loved Amis's work, however (a friend from way back and I recently discovered that Night Train was one of our mutual favourite books of all time, bar none) and not having finished Yellow Dog always returned to haunt me. It got to the point where I just had to know how it ended, however grim.
Having been given a Kindle paperwhite for Christmas (up there in invention terms with the wheel and fire) this was one of the first books on there. And so glad I did. The driving themes of the sins of the father, of what it takes to be a man and a true father to our own children in the new millenium, the sacrifices we make and the everyday violences we hide from our kids resonate with real power. And of course, the Amis characters, while grotesque, are as always as frighteningly real as they are morbidly fascinating.
An incredible book. One every father and father-to-be should read. Enjoy, or at least give it your best shot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my first M Amis book and I hated it. It was vulgarity for the sake of vulgarity. The authors gratuitous fascination with pornography and filth is very boring and rather... Read morePublished 21 months ago by b frank
As a reviewer from the continent, I am blissfully unaware of what has made Martin Amis (MA) such a controversial person in his homeland. Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2010 by Alfred J. Kwak
Juvenal called his book of satires a `farrago', and the word fits Yellow Dog very well. It's satire, it's a farrago of many different themes and plots, and it's a very clever... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2009 by DAVID BRYSON
Amis's first novel proper since 1996's The Information is a profound disappointment. The "great stylist" seems to have started believing his press and delivered a book that is all... Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2004 by Thirsty Dog
This is the first book by Martin Amis that I've read, and if its indicative of the quality his other books, then I think it will be my last. Read morePublished on 28 July 2004 by J. Poulton
It's silly to worry about Yellow Dog. If you live in England and watch the telly and get haughty then you'll have nothing to worry about. You won't understand it. You'll enjoy it. Read morePublished on 25 July 2004 by 2cleverbyhalf
First of all, Amis' writing in Yellow Dog has never been bettered - there are passages of absolutely blatant showboating, wonderful flights of language, and at least two of his... Read morePublished on 25 May 2004 by Peter Fenelon
First of all, Amis' writing in Yellow Dog has never been bettered - there are passages of absolutely blatant bravura writing, and at least two of his characters are immortals -... Read morePublished on 25 May 2004 by Peter Fenelon
Do you ever feel like you cannot escape someone trying to sell you unwanted pornography, sexual aids, "dating services", information about "celebrities" and ridiculous ideas for... Read morePublished on 5 May 2004 by Donald Mitchell