Martin Amis is a super-intelligent writer. He is not just telling a story, but also sharing ideas about how the world spins. The past story within the present story works well for this. The backstory draws the reader into this sexy and mysterious world where you wonder who's going to end up with whom. The downside is the story gets diverted by all the ideas that Amis wants to fit around it. The book is just too long for the story. I was reading it as a book group assignment and running out of time finishing it, so I downloaded the Audible and made it to the end. I was the only one in our group that did. They complained about the length as well as the characters which they found unlikeable. I actually liked the anti-hero aspect of the narrator, but I agree about the length. Having the story read by the male reader doing all the voices gave a sense of the narrator being just that -- a storyteller. It help make the book more like-able and humorous.
I really loved the setting of the past story. This castle with all its twists and turns fits the story very well; but the story has far too many twists and turns and divergences. It could have been shorter.
He was very amusing doing the female voices. It helped make the book more humorous and the narrator more like-able.
No. We already have TMI. Although it would be interesting to hear the story told from the point of view of one of the women. I don't think Martin Amis could write it though. He has a very distinctly male voice.
It got me curious to read more of Martin Amis' shorter and earlier books.
The writing is amazing. This author looks at everything through a wonderful poetic prism.
The places his search took him -- both physically and mentally-- are an engaging journey.
He was able to capture both the male and female voices without sounding silly.
Sometimes you've got to know where you came from to figure out where you're going...
I adored this book in a very personal way, having lost my own father in a different way -- though divorce -- at the same age of 6. In the 50's, broken homes were not like today. Dads became visitors and mysteries. It has given me inspiration to continue writing my own memoir that goes back two generations of mysterious fathers. Would I could do it with the skill that Michael Hainey has displayed.
I loved the "buddy" adventure of these two opposites. Like The Odd Couple with threats of bears and hypothermia.
I liked the character of Steve Katz. He invites a sequel.
I haven't, but I enjoyed his reading.
Nothing extreme. Just an engaging story that had many moments of laughter and a cliff-hanging aspect: Will these two make it to the end?
I would like to read the "hard copy", having listened to the Audible.
Miss Lasqueti. She is a single woman with a mysterious past and a kind present. The detail of the vest with the pigeons creates a wonderful instant visual.
For one, I know how to pronounce all the exotic names of the characters that I might not be able to on the page.
Not sure I could improve on the title.
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