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Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis
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Aug 04, 2012

it was amazing

Martin Amis is the only writer i am able to read from page to page....i read every word and i have not looked at the page numbers at all....his prose seems more free, as if he finds newer and more degrees of freedom, where other writers dont... he is the best
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message 1: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Hi,I`m lynn,a foreigner to English from Shanghai, China. I just hit this website for Lionel Asbo`s fans. for i like this book, but somewhere i can`t understand. kindly tell me what`s your understanding? thanks a lot for your time.
1."And yet for the sensitive soul, in Diston Town, there was really only one place to look. Where did the eyes go? They went up, up" ---- here, "they went up, up"means "to look up to the sky" or sth between the lines?

2. School – Squeers Free, under a sky of white: the weakling headmaster, the demoralised chalkies in their rayon tracksuits,

i can`t find "chalkies" explanation in my dictionary. and as some of the websites are banned by the government, so i can`t fix it exactly.

3. So in the normal course of things Des would have been savagely bullied, as all the other misfits (swats, wimps, four-eyes, sweating fatties) were savagely bullied

what are "swats"? is it a local slang in London?

4. what is a "posse-artist"?

5. And it was different at night, because different people, different shapes, levered themselves upward after dark.

what does "levered themselves upward " really mean?

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