Inside Story: A novel

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I have three arguments with this book. Firstly, its length; it is a tome. The second and the third are perhaps broader arguments against a type of literature that has recently emerged. The new books are what seem to be journal entries that have not been shaped into a significant memoir, novel, or history. In this book, we learn a great deal about the main character’s sexuality and his famous friends. It purports to be a novel, but if it is a novel, it also has the author’s name as the main character and his friends. The third argument is a portrayal of women who are nothing more than sexual props for the male characters. As Martin unchivalrously recounts his sexual exploits to Christopher Hitchens, this reader cringes with embarrassment for the women so involved. And, Hitchens, as a friend and character doesn’t say much. The lack of chivalry goes even further in the case of Hitchens as the author depicts him in his failing last days. Martin Amis has written fifteen other novels and is the son of the writer, Kingsley Amis. With such a pedigree, this reader hoped for something that held together a bit more.

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Author Martin Amis
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 538 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 2020-Oct-27
ISBN 9780593318294 Buy this Book
Issue February 2021
Category Popular Fiction


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