Time's Arrow by Martin Amis

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In Time's Arrow the doctor Tod T. Friendly dies and then feels markedly better, breaks up with his lovers as a prelude to seducing them, and mangles his patients before he sends them home. And all the while Tod's life races backward toward the one appalling moment in modern history when such reversals make sense.

"The narrative moves with irresistible momentum.... [Amis is] a daring, exacting writer willing to defy the odds in pursuit of his art."--Newsday


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About Martin Amis

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Martin Amis is the best-selling author of several books, including London Fields, Money, The Information, and, most recently, Experience. He lives in London.
 
Published April 6, 2011 by Vintage. 177 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Fiction

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 Amis this time writes about Tod Friendly, a.k.a John Young, a.k.a Odilo Unverdorben—a doctor with a chilling past no one knows about: he was a medical experimenter under Mengele at Auschwitz.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Time's Arrow

The Guardian

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An antipathy to doctors seems one of his "preselected feelings", and the narrator takes a parenthesis – "(now where did that come from)" – to acknowledge that there is something behind this.

Jan 15 2010 | Read Full Review of Time's Arrow

The Guardian

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The very last person to ask Martin Amis a question when he came to talk about Time's Arrow to the Guardian Book Club put his finger on something.

Jan 29 2010 | Read Full Review of Time's Arrow

The Guardian

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Time's Arrow is not the first novel with a reverse chronology, but no other novel has reversed time so conscientiously.

Jan 08 2010 | Read Full Review of Time's Arrow

The Bookbag

These two do not always sit easily together, our narrator feels separate - he knows he's inside Tod but Tod is blissfully unaware of anything existing within him.

Nov 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Time's Arrow

The Agony Column

Fortunately, I overcame my innate fear of quality, and, in an orgy of spare-cash spending, I bought the novel , then promptly filed it away while pursuing more "rewarding" reading, that is, stories about dead people coming to life and the like.

Feb 28 1992 | Read Full Review of Time's Arrow

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