The War Against Cliche: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 (Paperback)
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The War Against Cliche: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 (Paperback)

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Published: 07/03/2002
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Like John Updike, Martin Amis is the pre-eminent novelist-critic of his generation. The War Against Cliché is a selection of his reviews and essays over the past quarter-century. It contains pieces on Cervantes, Milton, Donne, Coleridge, Jane Austen, Dickens, Kafka, Philip Larkin, Joyce, Waugh, Lowry, Nabokov, F. R. Leavis, V. S. Pritchett, William Burroughs, Anthony Burgess, Angus Wilson, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Shiva and V. S. Naipaul, Kurt Vonnegut, Iris Murdoch, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Don DeLillo, Elmore Leonard, Michael Crichton, Thomas Harris - and John Updike.

Other subjects include chess, nuclear weapons, masculinity, screen censorship, juvenile violence, Andy Warhol, Hillary Clinton, and Margaret Thatcher.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099422228
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 362 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 31 mm


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A tour de force in which every paragraph uncoils with vertiginous twists and turns, lightning metaphors, genuine learning, unstoppable laughter, and a passionate sense of literary pleasure - Independent

Amis's gifts - vigilance, wit, energy of language... A collection that reaffirms him as the suavest and funniest critic of his generation - Mail on Sunday

We have here a literary critic of startling power... Often being right and being funny are, in this book, aspects of the same sentence... Amis is the best practitioner-critic of our day - just what Pritchett was in his prime... - London Review of Books

[Written] with intelligence and ardor and panache... Speaks not just to a lifetime of reading but also to a fascination with individual writers mature - New York Times

Brilliant prose... [Amis] proselytizes for talent by demonstrating it, by doing it... He is a master - New York Times Book Review

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“The War against Cliche”

Where does Amis find all the time? Obviously, he writes a great deal. This collection of sharp, perceptive literary reviews shows that he has read pretty much everything as well. These essays indicate that he is also... More

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“Sanctuary”

Took long time to get involved but once again it's last few chapters which surmount our suspicion. Good decent account. It was good.

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