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Publisher's Summary

From the celebrated author of London Fields come these 8 unforgettable and imaginative short stories. "Career Move" is a through-the-looking glass romp in a world where poets are top dogs fawned over by executives and paid handsomely for their work, while screenwriters are domed to near-obscurity. "What Happened to Me on My Holiday" created a stir in The New Yorker because of its extraordinary voice exploring a child's first understanding of nature, death, and humanity. Other stories include: "Denton's Death," "Heavy Water," "Straight Fiction," "Let Me Count the Times," "The Coincidence of the Arts," and "State of England."
Cover Photograph © David Perry/Photonica; ©1998 Martin Amis; Copyright (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"The publication of Heavy Water... provides a good opportunity to state plainly what has been apparent for some time: Martin Amis is the best American writer England has ever produced." (The New York Times Book Review)
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By Tim on 05-28-04

Overrated

I may simply not be suited to Martin Amis' writing but I found the stories to be slow, minimally engaging and in some cases not very creative. So, bottom line, I didn't much care for this collection of short stories.

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By David on 02-17-16

Amis Smooths Seas, Phrases, Stories

A lovely collection, wonderfully performed and packaged. The credit goes to Amis, but the audio -- featuring Dame Judi Dench, among others -- is sumptuous and deluxe.

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