The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1986-2016 by Martin Amis

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The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1986-2016 Read Online Free - Of all the great novelists writing today, none shows the same gift as Martin Amis for writing non-fiction – his essays, literary criticism and journalism are justly acclaimed. As Rachel Cusk wrote in the The Times, reviewing a previous collection, ‘Amis is as talented a journalist as he is a novelist, but these essays all manifest an unusual extra quality, one that is not unlike friendship. He makes an effort; he makes readers feel that they are the only person there.’

The essays in The Rub of Time range from superb critical pieces on Amis’s heroes Nabokov, Bellow and Larkin to brilliantly funny ruminations on sport, Las Vegas, John Travolta and the pornography industry. The collection includes his essay on Princess Diana and a tribute to his great friend Christopher Hitchens, but at the centre of the book, perhaps inevitably, are essays on politics, and in particular the American election campaigns of 2012 and 2016. One of the very few consolations of Donald Trump’s rise to power is that Martin Amis is there to write about him.

Title : The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1986-2016
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ISBN : 0224076116
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


W.D. rated it ★★★★☆

January 29, 2018

TLDR: This is not major Amis (not Money, London Fields , Experience or The Information), but it evokes major Amis, and if you can't have that, this is the next best thing, bro. If you already have an opinion about Martin Amis, this book is not about to change that. It returns to Amis's obsessive t...

Laura rated it ★★★☆☆

October 07, 2017

From BBC radio 4 - Book of the week: Martin Amis is one of the most celebrated authors of modern times. A new collection rounds up his non-fiction pieces from 1986 to 2016, and this week five compelling topics are aired. Some time back one of our national newspapers held a Q&A on the page with...

Tara rated it ★★★★☆

January 19, 2018

Martin Amis has written the best sentences in 20th century non fiction. But he has challenges building those sentences into paragraphs. He offers great slogans and maxims. The development of more complex ideas is more challenging. His essay on Trump's mental health is interesting. His work on porn...

BiblioPhil rated it ★★★☆☆

October 18, 2017

Like when a band from your youth makes a new album, inevitably it won't be as good as their glory days, and this isn't up to The War Against Cliche, but look, it's Mart, and if you don't like him, don't read it.

GONZA rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2018

I think that the trick, with this type of essay that covers different subjects, is not to read it in one session, just enjoying one chapter per day and then the good taste remains for a long long time. Penso che il trucco, con questo tipo di saggi su vari argomenti, non sia di leggerlo tutto di se...

Dr rated it ★★★★☆

December 29, 2017

Amis is just such a magnificent stylist. I could read him and read him, almost regardless of what he said. However, what he says is well worth considering. As is appropriate for a master of the language, he is contemptuous of those who misuse...and of many others. "And there he is in HD colour, h...

Allycks rated it ★★★★★

January 19, 2018

Here's a little known fact, (or is it a dirty little secret?) ... as a reviewer and journalist Martin Amis is, above all else, a kind soul. Sure, he's also insightful, patient, and bitingly funny. But in his reviews, we find that what MA values most of all is the generosity of the work. As a jour...

Phil rated it ★★★★☆

November 25, 2017

I read this knowing that some of the stuff - on Bellow and Nabokov, mostly - was familiar to me. I read those essays again and this time had a different thought from when I read them first: that Amis is a generous critic - to the reader, I mean, and not always the writer under consideration. His...

Chasquis rated it ★★★★☆

February 24, 2018

Martin Amis' Money, read at a single sitting in a hospital canteen, the one about the darts player, London Fields, the Rachel Papers, I've read 'em all. They did not prepare me for this volume of short pieces. Updike, Roth and Bellow loom very large indeed, as does Nabakov, enthusiasms which I do...

Tim rated it ★★★☆☆

November 12, 2017

Literate, opinionated, defensive, self-important, tentatively controversial and almost always slightly pompous journalism, on the usual Amis themes for the most part. I have to admit I skipped the sports section after the 3 tennis pieces and the football one. Nothing of great insight, wit or style...

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