Let's return with Martin Amis's RACHEL'S PAPERS to the early 70's. The sex revolution is over, drugs are part of everyday life and " no taboo " is the motto. Charles Highway, the hero of RACHEL'S PAPERS, is a child of the sixties who desperately needs something to believe in. His father cannot give him lessons of ethics and his mother is more interested in social activities than in the education of Charles.
Furthermore, girls cannot sustain the romantic standards hundreds of writers have described in thousand of books. Just read the chapter dedicated to Rachel's underwear and you will understand Charles Highway's trauma.
In order to give a sense to his life, Charles has to get rid of the past. Let's observe the numerous pages containing descriptions of the butterfly's birth : diarrhea, gonorrhea and expectorations mark Charles's journey to adulthood.
This powerful first novel of Martin Amis has the flavour of dead flowers and is an interesting documental book about this period, childhood or the 70's, that has marked a great number among us.
A book for my generation.