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"EXPERIENCE", a memoir by the English writer, Martin Amis, portrays his famous novelist father, Kingsley Amis, with all the foibles and fears that the latter's life contained.
    Taking his cue from his father's words spoken after divorcing his second wife,"Well, it's all experience,...pity there had to be so much of it.", Martin Amis discloses details about his own life, including his divorce, leaving two young sons, the way his father left him and his brother when they were half-grown.
    The memoir also includes the horrific death his first cousin, Lucy Partington, met at the hands of a serial killer in London when she was twenty-one.

    What is most telling in the book is the regard Martin Amis holds for the American writer, Saul Bellow. From Amis's accounts of his relationship with Bellow, the reader gleans that this writer is really the father Martin Amis acknowledges as his literary inspiration.
    In "EXPERIENCE", Martin Amis relates the story of his and his father's lives in a manner that draws you in and arouses your empathy through to the end.   
The review of this Book prepared by Betty-Jeanne Korson



'EXPERIENCE", a memoir by the English writer, Martin Amis, portrays his famous novelist father, Kingsley Amis, with all the fears and foibles that the latter's life contained.
    Taking his cue from his father's words on divorcing his second wife,"Well, it's all experience,..pity ther had to be so much of it", Martin Amis discloses details about his own life, including his own divorce, leaving two small sons the way his father left him and his brother when they were half grown.
    The memoir also includes the horrific death his first cousin, Lucy Partington met at the age of 21 by a famous serial killer in London in 1973.

   This memoir makes fascinating reading you can enjoy withour having read the novels of either father or son.
The review of this Book prepared by a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar





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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Century:    -   1980's-Present    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book    -   76%-100% of book

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