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on 10 June 2018
One of my favourite ever books.

However... The kindle version of the book is missing a fair whack. It starts without the introduction to the narrator and the first real meeting of Keith which is about 20 pages of the 'normal' published version. If you hadn't already read the book you wouldn't know as the kindle version does start with 'Chapter One' but that intro is not only one of the best starts to one of Amis' novels but also sets up the structure for the whole book.

This seems like a massive and strange omission and certainly made me claim a refund within seconds of purchasing!
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on 24 January 2018
Love it.
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on 10 February 2015
Marvelous book...can be difficult to follow at times, but worth the effort.
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on 2 December 2014
A good example of his early work
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on 28 May 2015
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on 6 April 2015
I hadn't read any Martin Amis, but because I enjoy visiting
London as well has having enjoyed his father's novel 'Lucky
Jim' I was intrigued by 'London Field's.
As I don't tend to be able to read very quickly I was a little
put off by how many pages Mr Amis's book contained (470).
However I was enthralled by this novel. The character's are
interesting, a blend of working class and well to do folk.
The way Amis write's is both funny and sensitive and the London
he tells us of he knows very well. The central character Keith Talent
is a fine one. A man who is ducking and diving and striving to get to
the top in the game of dart's. A cracking name for such a character
I recommend 'London Field's' to Amazon and I am looking forward
now to reading more of Mr Amis jnr's stories.
Thank You.
Craig MInto.
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on 25 March 2013
One of Martin Amis best books, with a very intent view on the structure of the novel, with the city of London as a main character and all those characters that are a bit like archetypes striving to be real and anyway full of human suffering, sense of humour and despair
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on 7 July 2017
I've seen a few people leaving bad reviews for this lately, so I wanted to offer a counter argument.

Don't go in expecting a brilliant plot or to be emotionally uplifted, and there's a 50/50 chance you may hate the book. London Fields, however, is one of my favourite books of all time. I can understand why people might not like it, but Keith Talent is one of the greatest literary creations ever. The book is hilarious, and Martin Amis's writing style is awesome and will have you scratching your hear in wonder (and confusion).

His best novels are this, The Information, Time's Arrow and The Zone of Interest. I recommend them all (but you still might hate them).
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on 9 September 2010
Released between the bloated 'Money' and the engaging and critically successful 'Time's Arrow', Martin Amis' 'London Fields', a thriller set against the threating feeling London metropolis, is, whilst possibly not his quintessential text, amongst his best works. Densely plotted, highly stylised and often rather verbose, Amis' warts-and-all tale, centers around a supposedly necessary and unpreventable murder which has to be pushed into motion by the novel's femme-fatale figure Nicola Six (one of the book's few weak links). Though the central storyline provides a riveting backbone for a series of wonderful character studies, explorations of London's more deprived (and sometimes more wealthy) citizens,and for the interlocking of some superbly written events which make up the novel, the book takes a little time to get going (even for those familiar with Amis' work), but once the characters and plot emerge fully out of Amis' sharp, descriptive narrative, 'London Fields' is a joy to read.

The novel is helped by one of Amis' most impressive and multi-faceted narrators in Samson Young, a figure through whom the author superbly brings together the many strands and sub-plots within 'London Fields'. Equally, the novel's undercut small-time crook Keith Talent, provides the book with much of its wonderfully understated black comedy, as well as some of its carefully controlled tension. For those looking for an academic and exciting thriller, 'London Fields' ticks all the boxes, and fans of Amis' other work will likely be pleased by a hugely original tale told in his inimitable, labyrinthian style. There are a few misgivings in the novel, with the somewhat weakly written Nicola Six, and a few slightly dull subplots, but this is a highly entertaining and intelligent novel which leaves the reader with some genuinely thought-provoking questions afterwards.
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on 26 March 2015
Just moved to London so though I would try this out. Its extremely odd and I often felt as though I was drunk whilst reading it (when I wasn't)! Its a bit of a slog at times and the end isn't great but I did find it strangely enjoyable all the same.
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