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Experience by Martin Amis
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Mar 28, 2011

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Why did it take me so long to read this?! He's got a lot in here about his father, and a lot about his own teeth (I thought I hated the dentist, but this man has REAL problems) The teeth point toward his aging and thoughts about his own mortality which is what the book is mainly grappling with. It's not very comprehensive or even very revealing as memoirs go. You'll learn more about Kingsley and his divorce, his death, his regrets, etc. than you ever learn about Martin. But of course he's a genius as a writer, so who am I to complain? I will complain, however, about the fact that he has about three LONG footnotes per page, throughout the ENTIRE book. What a pain, how can you have any flow at all with footnotes?? And you can't decide whether you want to read them or not b/c some are juicy and more interesting than the main text and others are throwaways. He has some notable friends including Saul Bellow and Christopher Hitchens...conversations and stories about them were good.
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March 28, 2011 – Started Reading
March 28, 2011 – Shelved
May 16, 2011 – Finished Reading

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