Martin Amis turns to a tricky literary conceit to tell the story of an ex-Nazi, Dr. Tod T. Friendly. Friendly is possessed of two separate voices, one running backward from his death, the other running forward, fleeing his unsavory past.
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"For decades, writers have been striving to comprehend the Holocaust, and while its horror remains indelible, readers may wonder if there is another way of going over this relentlessly examined ground. In this swift, incisive little book, Amis succeeds in rendering the shock of the Holocaust wholly new by traveling backward in time....Amis's device, which at first seems merely a clever conceit, is handled so skillfully that living backwards becomes not only natural but a perfect metaphor for the Nazis' perverted logic. If he can't finally probe to the bottom of a mind that embraces atrocities, Amis has nevertheless written a thought-provoking, compelling book." (Library Journal)
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This is another fantastic and original book from Martin Amis. I loved it!
The concept is very original and the book is often very funny. And it works its way into your gut and gets you. You'll feel shame laughing at gruesome concentration camp scenes. But then, isn't life sickeningly funny run in reverse? Or is it.
And if we run the tape in reverse, do things merely go backwards or is looking back something else?
Pay attention to what is going on and you'll be rewarded on a thousand levels from this very funny and disturbing book.
Can't recommend enough but must plead with the listener to stay with it. This book won't be found in the shallow end of the literary pool.
From the beginning the narrator in this volume experiences time in reverse. Using this approach, Amis seeks to explain the Holocaust. Many have already spoken to the nature of this book. Published in 1992 there is not much I can add to what has already been said. Concerning the Audible edition, I would say that Amis' writing is just wonderful to read and even more exciting to hear. If you love wordcarft, this book is for you. That said, to fully appreciate the work of Amis you need to give Gaeme Malcom's reading full attention. I sat quietly and listened to segments as I had time. Otherwise, much of it will be lost.
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