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Experience 1

A Memoir

by Martin Amis
Publication Date: 06/04/2001
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My life looked good on paper - where, in fact, almost all of it was being lived...

In this remarkable work of autobiography, the son of the great comic novelist Kingsley Amis explores his relationship with his father and writes about the various crises of Kingsley's life, including the final one of his death.

Amis also reflects on the life and legacy of his cousin, Lucy Partington, who disappeared without trace in 1973 and was exhumed twenty years later from the basement of Frederick West, one of Britain's most prolific serial murderers.

Autobiography: general
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Vintage Publishing
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United Kingdom
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Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the author of fourteen novels, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories and six collections of non-fiction. He lives in New York.

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  • Experience

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    Martin Amis, in his autobiography, gets closer to the truth of life than any writer I have ever read, as he writes about the profane and the profound events of his life, in all their variety. His lovely cousin who was murdered, her beauty and innocence, about books, drinking, rotten teeth, dentists, and the nature of good and evil. All are footnotes and half-thoughts, funny and sometimes agonising moments, spiralling into eternity, as incoherent as experience itself. It is the voice of the writer - compassionate and self-deprecating - that gives this life experience value and weight, through loving and observant detail, making sense of the whole damn mess.