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But just as he begins to lead a gentler, healthier life, his uncle - once again in a London prison - wins £140 million in the lottery, and upon his release, hires a public relations firm and begins dating a cannily ambitious topless model and “poet”. Strangely, however, Lionel's true nature remains uncompromised, while his problems, and therefore also Desmond's, seem only to multiply.
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By Darwin8u on 01-03-13
Jēz...us! Just don't buy it for your Grans.
Amis can write the darkest satire with a lyrical heart that beats with warm, soft blood. 'Lionel ASBO' is sad, funny, gratuitous, sick and full of life. It is like Dickens was written by William Burroughs.
Covered in grit, the characters in this Amis novel seem at first like bizarre 21st century, Cruikshank caricatures that just keep bouncing back and forth in my head between the real, the surreal and the unreal -- so I keep on doubting my own palsied view of the world.
Anywho, this novel seems like a better-adjusted, less disquieting version of Amis' magnum opus 'Money'. Lionel ASBO has more heart, and just slightly less art. Amis traded a little of the floating world . . . for the heavy. Just please Jēz...us don't buy it for Grans.
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By Dalekchap on 11-19-12
A train wreck you cannot look away from...
If you could sum up Lionel Asbo in three words, what would they be?
A distillation of real English people who you would not want to meet.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Lionel Asbo?
Who let the dogs in. And we will never know.
Which scene was your favorite?
The first family meeting at the country manor, Wormwood Scrubs.
If you could take any character from Lionel Asbo out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Definitely NOT Lionel Asbo
Any additional comments?
One of the most well written books I have enjoyed. The prose alone is worth the listen - and the story is superb. But if you are an American anglophile you might want to stay away. As a Brit in the US, the 'orrible English characters resonate - albeit disturbingly!
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