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The Rub of Time by Martin Amis
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The Rub of Time by Martin Amis
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Jan 22, 2019 | ISBN 9781400095995

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“The book’s heart [is] its literary criticism, labor that allows Amis to realize his most comfortable and integrated self: a novelist engaged in the scrupulous appreciation of others’ style. . . . Amis cherishes the most cosmopolitan virtue of all, humor, [and] approvingly quotes Clive James’s observation that ‘common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing.’ To be without one is to be without the other, a double lack that would doom a writer [to] the inability to rub up against human nature, to strike the sparks of awareness and style that here illuminate everything, especially the books in Amis’s firm grip.” —The New Yorker

“The product of a ferocious yet sensitive mind . . . Amis’s book is like hurtling down a black-diamond ski run. . . . His aim is so unerring that he resembles a figure out of Greek myth, firing arrows through ax-heads lined up in a row.” —The New York Times

“Amis at his considered best, witty, erudite, and unafraid. . . . This collection is full of treasures.” —The Guardian 

“Amis writes with buoyant and cutting authority. His vocabulary, cross-pollinated by his trans-Atlantic reading and life, is pinpoint and peppery; his syntax supple and ensnaring. The pleasure Amis takes in observation, cogitation, and composition is palpable, and he is acidly funny. . . Amis writes with agility, spirit, artistry, and a shrewd sense of the deepest implications.” —Booklist

“Glorious. . . . Very few writers can surprise and delight in the way Martin Amis can.” —The Telegraph

“Martin Amis is a great writer and a great reader. . . . He is our sure-footed mountain guide, leading us gleefully from one delight to the next.” —The Sunday Times (London)

“A sharp, witty collection. . . . Literate, perspicacious, and thoroughly entertaining.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Certitude is the key to Amis’s superhuman flair—and what makes this collection so compelling.” —The New Statesman (London)

“Amis is infallibly a lucid, linguistically precise commentator. . . . A witty, welcome presence.” —Publishers Weekly

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