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War Against Cliche Martin Amis

War Against Cliche

Martin Amis

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ISBN : 9780224050593
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506 pages
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In this collection of essays and reviews spanning twenty-five years ofcriticism, Martin Amis asserts the writers obligation to battle not justcliches of the pen but cliches of the mind and cliches of the heart. Hemarshals the forces of hisMoreIn this collection of essays and reviews spanning twenty-five years ofcriticism, Martin Amis asserts the writers obligation to battle not justcliches of the pen but cliches of the mind and cliches of the heart. Hemarshals the forces of his infamous arsenal: his language, his wit, and hisintolerance for suffering fools to review, consider, and in some cases,condemn. He takes to task the best and the brightest, including Cervantesand Milton, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, and Norman Mailer and ElmoreLeonard. From Great Books to Some American Prose, from PopularityContest to the Ultramundane, Amis parses the classics and theunconventional with the subversive brilliance he brings to everything hetouches.He also skewers myths about masculinity, with great skepticism and more thana dash of nose-thumbing humor. Unflinchingly, he lambastes the superchargedbanality of Elvis, the monumentally self-absorption of Andy Warhol, andAmerican squeamishness about movie violence. Evaluating the presentparticiple, casting a cold eye on the Guinness Book of Records, and thesacrosanct image of Abraham Lincoln, Amis astutely surveys our culturallandscape and fluctuates between celebration and castigation, with theprecision of a hypodermic.About the Author:Martin Amis is the best-selling author of several books, including LondonFields, Money, The Information, and, most recently, Experience. He lives inLondon.