Yellow Dog by Martin Amis

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Martin Amis's brilliant and controversial new novel, already hailed in the British press as "Dickens with a snarl" and a "great comic extravagance."

After Xan Meo is brutally attacked in the garden of a London pub and suffers a severe head trauma, his wife and daughters find they are living with a strangerunpredictable, violent, vengeful, lost: "His condition felt like the twenty-first century: it was something you wanted to wake up from."

While it may alarm his family, Xan's new personality is a good match for the city and the age in which he lives. For this is the vicious London of tabloid journalist Clint Smoker, whose daily reports of illicit sex and outrageous scandal are every bit as fake (and artful) as the noose tattooed around his neck. This is a world where the King of England keeps a Chinese mistress in Paris and tries to suppress a video-taped, bathtub "intrusion" of his fifteen- year-old daughter from reaching the internet. A world of hit men, pornographers, tycoons, and displaced royalty. A world where brilliant people perform unspeakable acts and bodyguards provide no protection.

Yellow Dog is Martin Amis at his dazzling bestcomic, fierce, gritty, and profound. Amis explores what is changeless and perhaps unchangeable: patriarchy and the entire edifice of masculinity; the violence arising between man and man; the tortuous alliances between men and women; and the vanished dream that we can protect our future and our progeny.


About Martin Amis

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Martin Amis, son of the novelist Kingsley Amis, was born August 25, 1949. His childhood was spent traveling with his famous father. From 1969 to 1971 he attended Exeter College at Oxford University. After graduating, he worked for the Times Literary Supplement and later as special writer for the Observer. Amis published his first novel, The Rachel Papers, in 1973, which received the prestigious Somerset Maugham Award in 1974. Other titles include Dead Babies (1976), Other People: A Mystery Story (1981); London Fields (1989), The Information (1995), and Night Train (1997). Martin Amis has been called the voice of his generation. His novels are controversial, often satiric and dark, concentrating on urban low life. His style has been compared to that of Graham Greene, Philip Larkin and Saul Bellow, among others. He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester. In 2008, The Times named him one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
Published November 5, 2003 by Miramax. 352 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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London crooks nurse old grievances and settle older scores as Amis has his witty way with porno, Hollywood, modern marriage, airline terror, incest, chatrooms, the Royals, and the gutter press.

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The Guardian

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* * * * * Joseph Andrews started talking.

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The Guardian

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Yellow Dog by Martin Amis 340pp, Cape, £18.99 Yellow Dog is a disturbing book, but its opening pages create a mood of excited reassurance: Martin Amis at his best, in all his shifting registers, his drolleries and ferocities, his unsparing comic drive, his aesthetic dawdlings and beguilements, ...

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Yellow Dog, by Martin Amis (Vintage, £7.99) On the front cover, we are reminded that the Observer said "here is a novel to silence the doubters".

May 29 2004 | Read Full Review of Yellow Dog

The Guardian

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Yellow Dog by Martin Amis Jonathan Cape £16.99, pp288 Martin Amis's memoir, Experience, has a thoughtful description of the way that readers approach a good novel: 'frowning, nodding, withholding, qualifying, objecting, conceding - and smiling, smiling first with reluctant admiration, then smili...

Aug 24 2003 | Read Full Review of Yellow Dog

BC Books

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All that unshirkable responsibility pretty much eliminates the option of tossing the book mid-tome across the room, telling all who would inquire that my dog ate my book — and he quite enjoyed it.

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BC Books

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Bursting with scattershot sendups and wide-ranging ruminations on marriage, violence, airline terror, Hollywood, pornography, incest, tabloid journalism and a bizarro-world royal family, the rudderless arbitrariness and the sound and fury and all that that signifies is encapsulated early on in on...

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Star Tribune

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In fact, the book occasionally reads like a well-considered tribute to filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, with lines like "the swish, the shingly soft-shoe of the hefted cosh," poeticizing anger as well as anything in "Pulp Fiction" and forcing readers to consider its roots and results in a new light.

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Martin Amis is no stranger to the nittier and grittier walks of life.

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Deseret News

What seems to upset the English the most about this book is the subject of father-daughter incest — yet that theme is slight and practically mild compared to the scores of pages Amis devotes to pornography.

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New York Magazine

(“It reads like the work of a less talented, less funny Martin Amis imitator.”) I’d add that she has read too little of the London press as well as too much: Everyone I know at the yellow end of Fleet Street is astonished at the way Martin has captured the pharisaic ethos of the tabloid racket.

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