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The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis
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Oct 04, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: dumpster-adjacent, amis-and-son
Recommended for: Tweens
Read from September 27 to October 04, 2010

On a remote Italian hilltop, magic and fireflies surround an enchanted castle... Evening descends and the Mediterranean azur deepens, around the sons and daughters of the absent affluent.

A paen to youth, a valentine, in fact, to words like paen and wordplay for its own sake; a bonbon of elegiac yearning and wonder. And in case you were wondering, happy coincidence, the screenplay simply writes itself.

Doesn't it just :
Lucky, larky lads and libertine lolitas drape themselves around every frame. This is... that certain summer.
This is ... Italy, when it's italicized.
This is ... summer break, when your parents are, well, really very rich.

Doe-eyed Chloes and ankle-braceletted Zooeys are the richly-tanned and self-referential denizens, here, at Castle Narcissism. And author Amis has cleverly created a well-read satyr-character, a sort of cunning linguist, to represent his own interests here amongst the fauna, thinking it will become some kind of center to all this ...

This garden. This ripening vale of pheromone and gossamer wing'ed reflection. Sofia Coppola of course, or maybe her daughter, will direct.

No stretch to see the accolades pouring in, like gold-dust; perhaps with luck, the lusty eminence grise himself will do the screenplay, for added luster...
All the scents will conspire and confer -- evanescent ! ... incandescent ! ... luminescent ! ...

All of it, just so innocently, lingeringly ... scent-y.
Load of crap, Amis.

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message 1: by Daisy (new) - added it

Daisy You're reading this now because just I returned my unread copy to the library. I started to read it while I was in line there but then I got distracted by other books. Let me know if I should request it again.

message 2: by J. (new) - rated it 2 stars

J. Okay; looks as though it's going to be lightweight/funny Amis rather than brooding/cranky Amis... perfect for heatwave read.

message 3: by Daisy (new) - added it

Daisy It's hotter at night. And I have to work tonight at Universal NY Street. I'd rather be reading.

message 4: by Daisy (new) - added it

Daisy "Lucky, larky lads and libertine lolitas"--nice.

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