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Friday, October 28, 2005

The Greatest British Novelist Never To Write A Great British Novel

The Oxford Student offers this appreciation of Martin Amis, beginning by calling him "the Greatest British Novelist never to write a Great British Novel."

It ends, however, on a note of optimism: “The firebrand days of his early youth have all but disappeared, replaced by an increasing cultural conservatism more in line with his late father. Such filial echoes may bode well for Martin; after all, Amis senior wrote arguably his greatest work, the Booker-winning The Old Devils, age sixty-four. If the pattern continues, then, dubious title aside, 2006 may finally bring us the book that we all know Mr Amis is capable of writing.”


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