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The Rachel Papers (Vintage Blue Book 11) by [Amis, Martin]
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"Amis has brought off the feat of satirizing his contemporaries while making them both funny and, in a bizarre way, moving" (Peter Ackroyd)

"Scurrilous, shameless and very funny" (Time Literary Supplement)

"Extravagantly sexual-highly enjoyable" (Evening Standard)

"Amis's arrogantly assured manner is a formidable weapon, spraying the target with disdainful wit, ingenious obscenity, astute literariness, loathing, lust, anxiety and an all-pervading hyper-self-consciousness" (Observer)

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Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and Martin Amis's celebrated first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 589 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (23 December 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099503875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099503873
  • ASIN: B004GKMTNG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,59,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, witty writer 30 March 2017
By Triplicate - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been reading Martin Amis ever since a friend of mine from Random House introduced me to his American debut decades ago (!) We thought he was brilliant then, and disagreed with the initial (preemptive) buzz was that he "might not" be as good as his father Kingsley.

Ha! Freudians be damned, he's better.

Though The Rachel Papers isn't my favorite Martin Amis (The Information,) you cannot better him for voice. His ear for the English language and dialect as an exhibit of intellect and character is always accurate, pleasurable--and dangerous to the smug and inattentive.

First-rate writer, and such a gift to readers like us.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BookishR 18 July 2011
By student - Published on Amazon.com
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No really memorable characters, not that's always an issue. But, Amis seems to use this first novel as a showcase for his writing skills. And the book seems to end at what seems no different a point than the end of any of the characters' episodes. Although this could be appropriate in a novel that expresses itself as an ongoing diary, I would've preferred an ending that clearly left room for more in Highway's relationship with Rachel, that left things open for a possible continuation, or possibly Amis could have provided us with an epilogue that either alluded to future events between the two of them or that gave some closure to the relationship. I felt the reader was just left hanging.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is also a great commentary on the process of growing up - or ... 24 October 2014
By PBJ - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are British, this may not be a fair rating. This book is the British version of a sequel to J. D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye, but is probably applicable to the US system of hoops through which one must jump in :higher education". It is also a great commentary on the process of growing up - or failure to do so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better for the Young 22 April 2005
By Ethan Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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Can a middle-aged family man whose many brothers are grandfathers enjoy a book about teenage sex, seduction, and callousness? Well, this reader's answer is yes and no. I say yes, if that doddering straight-arrow is a fan of Martin Amis. Then, that reader is fascinated to find in nascent form many of the themes and hilarious personality-types that populate the great Mart's mature fiction. But, the answer is no if that old man, reading about teenage seduction, thinks he's found a suitable book for his son and daughter, both new to grad school.

Thinking back 35 years, I'd say Mart's lusty and literate narrator absolutely conveys the young male's point of view on sex, seduction, and, oops!, falling in love. But, the book made me feel like some of Saul Bellow's old-man protagonists, who react to the travails of youth and contemporary life with pointlessly complex interpretation and advice.

My verdict: I'm glad it still sells. But as I approach my golden years, THE RACHEL PAPERS makes me feel boring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 7 January 2013
By Suzanne - Published on Amazon.com
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Martin Amis tells what might have been another coming-of-age story about a boy of 19 turning 20. The young man is prepping for Oxford but worrying far more about his looks, his relationships with women, and his love/hate relationship with his dad. He keeps copious notes, planning his every move and then reflecting on his success or failure, thus the title. In Amis's hands, however, the novel is so much more. With his gifts of wit and insight, it's having a laugh (or a smile) on every page.
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