Vintage, Paperback, 9780375726835, 432pp.
Publication Date: June 12, 2001
The son of the great comic novelist Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis explores his relationship with this father and writes about the various crises of Kingsley's life. He also examines the life and legacy of his cousin, Lucy Partington, who was abducted and murdered by one of Britain's most notorious serial killers. Experience also deconstructs the changing literary scene, including Amis' portraits of Saul Bellow, Salman Rushdie, Allan Bloom, Philip Larkin, and Robert Graves, among others. Not since Nabokov's" "Speak, Memory has such an implausible life been recorded by such an inimitable talent. Profound, witty, and ruthlessly honest, Experience is a literary event.
“Fuses humor, intellect and daring with a new gravitas and warmth.”–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“A splendid writer.... Hums with the same antic prose and looping comic riffs that characterize Amis’ fiction.”–Time
“Superb memoir...a moving account of [Amis’s] coming of age as an artist and a man.”–San Francisco Chronicle