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Heavy Water and Other Stories

Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
3 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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From the celebrated author of London Fields come these 8 unforgettable and imaginative short stories. "Career Move" is a through-the-looking glass romp in a world where poets are top dogs fawned over by executives and paid handsomely for their work, while screenwriters are domed to near-obscurity. "What Happened to Me on My Holiday" created a stir in The New Yorker because of its extraordinary voice exploring a child's first understanding of nature, death, and humanity. Other stories include: "Denton's Death," "Heavy Water," "Straight Fiction," "Let Me Count the Times," "The Coincidence of the Arts," and "State of England."

Don't miss Martin Amis and Jonathan Safran Foer at The New Yorker Festival.
©1998 Martin Amis (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.

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"The publication of Heavy Water... provides a good opportunity to state plainly what has been apparent for some time: Martin Amis is the best American writer England has ever produced." (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • Tim
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • 05-28-04

Overrated

I may simply not be suited to Martin Amis' writing but I found the stories to be slow, minimally engaging and in some cases not very creative. So, bottom line, I didn't much care for this collection of short stories.

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  • David
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 02-17-16

Amis Smooths Seas, Phrases, Stories

A lovely collection, wonderfully performed and packaged. The credit goes to Amis, but the audio -- featuring Dame Judi Dench, among others -- is sumptuous and deluxe.