- Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Miramax Books; Auflage: 01 (31. Mai 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0786866527
- ISBN-13: 978-0786866526
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 3,2 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 10 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 720.409 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Experience (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 31. Mai 2000
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"We live in the age of mass loquacity," Martin Amis writes by way of introduction to Experience, thereby placing the reader in a curious bind. How to feel about a memoir by a writer who deplores our current enthusiasm for memoirs? Can such a public appeal for private life be convincing? The son of misanthropic comic novelist Kingsley Amis, Amis the Younger's life story is "a literary curiosity," he tells us, "which is also just another instance of a father and a son." He's spent his whole life bathed in the dubious yellow glow of celebrity, from the cries of nepotism surrounding his first novel's publication to the bizarre tempest in a teapot involving the size of the advance for The Information, his choice of literary agent, and of course that famously expensive set of new teeth.
Here, finally, is Amis's chance to set matters straight--and if you're looking for his take on these controversies, you won't be disappointed. In fact, you should turn right away to the end of the book. After all, how many memoirs have indices--and how many indices are this entertaining? In addition to movers and shakers like "Travolta, John," "Brown, Tina," and "Bellow, Saul," one finds an extended entry for "dental problems," which includes "of animals," "sexual potency and," "Bellow on," and--more ominously--"tumour."
Yet it's as "a clear view of the geography of a writer's mind," not as a celebrity tell-all, that Experience succeeds. Organized not by chronology but by a strange thematic schema all Amis's own, this messy, tangential book moves backward and forward in time and comes studded with footnotes and interspersed with schoolboy epistles. As a result, it's much truer to the actual texture of experience than anything more "novelistic" could possibly be. Amis's charming, quarrelsome, almost entirely helpless father; the tragic disappearance of his cousin, Lucy Partington; the daughter discovered only as an adult; those teeth--the narrative circles around these events and personages in prose as virtuoso but often less chilly than that found in his novels. This is memoir as anatomy of obsessions, and in the most profound way, it illuminates the source and power of Amis's remarkable work. --Mary Park
“Fuses humor, intellect and daring with a new gravitas and warmth.”–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“A splendid writer.... Hums with the same antic prose and looping comic riffs that characterize Amis’ fiction.”–Time
“Superb memoir...a moving account of [Amis’s] coming of age as an artist and a man.”–San Francisco Chronicle
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Martin Amis also describes his own crucible of the last decade--dental crises, marital break-up and remarriage, literary feuds, and discovery of his cousin's fate at the hands of Britain's most notorious serial killer. All of this is fascinating, yet doesn't quite make up for the book's omissions. Despite his unflinching criticism of others in the past (particularly in The Moronic Inferno), Amis is extremely coy about his own sins. For example, what WAS the cause of the marital breakup that is a recurring theme in Experience? We never find out: Amis dances around the subject, never addressing his apparent role as instigator. He also barely mentions his sister and brother, as if their careers and lives are off-limits. His sister, Sally, is a particularly shadowy character, emerging only as chief mourner at Kingsley's death; his brother Phillip is discussed only in view of his youthful rebellion and later role in reuniting Kingsley with Hilly (Phillip, Martin and Sally's mother), in a bizarre rent-for-caretaking arrangement.
Nevertheless, the book is valuable as a key to Martin Amis's writing. It illuminates his novels as nothing else has; in fact, I plan to re-read the novels in hopes that I'll finally understand the baffling parts of The Information and Money, and perhaps even make it through the hitherto unreadable Other People. I don't, however, recommend Experience for readers not familiar with Martin Amis's books. It's not gossip-laden enough for those who want juicy bits about Kingsley Amis and Phillip Larkin; it's also disappointingly short on information about the A.S. Byatt and Julian Barnes feuds. Mainly, it whets the appetite for Amis's next novel--which at the very least should be free of the pain-induced (or painkiller-induced) confusion that marred so many of its predecessors.
'Experience' shows Amis turning his prose on himself, and his family, particularly his father; yet the book isn't a conventional memoir. James Wood, in an insightful review, wrote of the book as 'an escape from memoir...an escape into privacy.' Rather than trace in detail the life of a successful writer in the post-WW2 world, the advances and the interviews, Amis has tackled the universal theme of innocence becoming experience; of Youth becoming Age and ultimately Death. This is not to say that Amis has gone super-solemn. 'Experience' is full of wonderful set-pieces (including a wonderfully funny account of Christopher Hitchens laying into Saul Bellow over Israel's foreign policy) and his father's tidal-wave wit is everywhere. But at the heart of 'Experience' sits the understanding that Death is inescapable, yet not impossible to accept. Kingsley's death - the most moving part of the book - removes the intercessionary figure that stands between Martin and Death; yet it also makes him realise how precious and important life is, and how lucky writers are in being able to leave their best work behind them. I should say that 'Experience' does have its annoyances. There are too many footnotes, interesting though some of them are; and Amis appears to be leaning more and more on the ellipsis as a literary device, and diminishing returns are starting to creep in. But these are minor cavils. 'Experience', I believe, will pass the sternest test of literary value: it will reward re-readings in the years to come.
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