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Mother's Milk by Edward St. Aubyn
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May 12, 2012

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Why are so many contemporary novelists superb prose stylists and nasty people? Or at least, people who celebrate nasty characters? This is no t a purely British phenomenon, as Jonathan Frantzen and Jeffrey Eugenides are charter members of the Poetic Misanthrope Society, but few can write as bleakly and humorously as Martin Amis -- or St. Aubyn. Though I was tempted to read individual sentences aloud for their sheer balance and astuteness, the anomie is almost palpable. If you think your therapist could use a boost in income, read St. Aubyn; you'll want to decompress after you finish.
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