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The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis
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Aug 02, 2011

There is only one way to describe this book: an epic history of the fragility of the ego, and the male ego in particular. I found the story of four friends' summer in Italy in the 60's by turns bewitching, ridiculous, completely insane, and filled with ennui--which I seem to recall IS how you feel in the summer in your 20's. Somehow Amis manages to render his sex-obsessed protagonist lovable and pitiful through the fug of hormones, and by the end of the book he'd been through so much that I wondered whether it was going to be possible to wrap things up in a way that did justice to the story. You'll have to judge the success quotient of this for your yourself, but I enjoyed this book completely.

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