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The Information By Martin Amis The Information Fame envy lust violence intrigues literary and criminal they re all here in The Information How does one writer hurt another writer This is the question novelist Richard Tull mills over for his f

  • Title: The Information
  • Author: Martin Amis
  • ISBN: 9780679735731
  • Page: 426
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  • The Information By Martin Amis Fame, envy, lust, violence, intrigues literary and criminal they re all here in The Information How does one writer hurt another writer This is the question novelist Richard Tull mills over, for his friend Gwyn Barry has become a darling of book buyers, award committees, and TV interviewers, even as Tull himself sinks deeper into the sub basement of literary failure TFame, envy, lust, violence, intrigues literary and criminal they re all here in The Information How does one writer hurt another writer This is the question novelist Richard Tull mills over, for his friend Gwyn Barry has become a darling of book buyers, award committees, and TV interviewers, even as Tull himself sinks deeper into the sub basement of literary failure The only way out of this predicament, Tull believes, is the plot the demise of Barry With The Information, Amis delivers a portrait of middle age realignment with verbal felicity and unbridled reach than anyone since Tom Wolfe forged Bonfire of the Vanities Houston Chronicle
    The Information By Martin Amis

    The Information has a simple mission deliver important, deeply reported stories about the technology business you won t find elsewhere Many of the most influential people in the industry turn to us for fresh information and original insight. The Information A History, A Theory, A Flood The Information isn t just a natural history of a powerful idea it embodies and transmits that idea, it is a vector for its memes and it is a toolkit for disassembling the world It is a book that vibrates with excitement Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing No author is better equipped for such a wide ranging tour than Mr Gleick. Subscribe The Information The Information has a simple mission deliver important, deeply reported stories about the technology business you won t find elsewhere Many of the most influential people in the industry turn to us for fresh information and original insight Choose the plan that s right for you The Information A History, a Theory, a Flood Best Books of the Month, March In a sense, The Information is a book about everything, from words themselves to talking drums, writing and lexicography, early attempts at an analytical engine, the telegraph and telephone, ENIAC, and the ubiquitous computers that followed But that s just the History. The Information Twitter We would like to show you a description here but the site won t allow us.

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    1. Glenn Russell on said:

      I distinctly recall reading The Information when first published back in 1995 it was like being dragged through the rough street of London, forced to breathe secondhand tobacco smoke and smell the stale liquor breathe of the novel s main character, forty year old book reviewer and greatest novelist in the world wannabe Richard Tull Also featured are a motley crew of other literary types and British lowlife at its lowest, a police lineup of mates and thugs taking street names such as Scozzy, Cras [...]

    2. Jessica on said:

      I need to force myself to take a break from Martin Amis I m pretty sure I ve never felt so thoroughly repelled by yet drawn to a man I haven t slept with This creepily eroticized, one way relationship with a writer especially one with such an uncomplicatedly obnoxious public persona is embarrassing, and I shouldn t feed into it I also probably shouldn t broadcast it on the Internet, but what can I do Is this a common response to this particular author Based on talks with a few people, I think it [...]

    3. Manny on said:

      The great thing about is that it lets all us bibliophiles share our common love of books It s so wonderful to meet someone else who s appreciated the book the same way as you have You thought you were the only person in the world who d seen it that way, and now there are two of you And they even gave you a new angle on that character, and recommended a similar book that you didn t know existedThe rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for policy reasons

    4. Brian on said:

      As a species we are daily bombarded assaulted, really by data An amorphous amalgamation of facts, bon mots, things of interest , learnings these events are provided in an unending stream of noise, provided to us regardless of whether we ve invited this data or no Along this continuum of static our brains run a filter program to winnow nuggets of relevance to our beings and discard the rest This is The Information This is what Martin Amis shows us, in lurid satire, that try as we might, we don t [...]

    5. MJ Nicholls on said:

      Original Review This scathing and outrageously eloquent satire on literary envy is clearly Mr Amis s magnum opus Amis probes with excruciating minutiae every nook and cranny of the writer s psyche, leaving no area of the literary life unflamed with his blowtorch of masterful prose, hilarious wit, and Nabokovian wordplay Even when Amis does the proles his writing is still at its mesmerising peak This is a book writers everywhere will adore hopefully blasting a few scribes from their ego clouds an [...]

    6. W.D. Clarke on said:

      I know that this is one of the most polarizing books from a very polarizing author, but it is one of my touchstones, and I consider it severely underrated I first read it when it came out in 95, and it has stuck with me ever since Re reading it now, it has lost none of its power on every single page there are at least five sentences that make me catch my breath If you dislike the trope of hyperbole Amis chief weapon in his war on the cliches that our lives have turned into , look elsewhere, but [...]

    7. Marica on said:

      Vil Coyote, Beep Beep e il giardino MerdadicaneMartin Amis racconta due tipi umani contrapposti, Gwyn il semplice al quale arride fortuna e successo e l intellettuale Richard che annichila le sue doti in tormenti autoindotti La verosimiglianza della rappresentazione al vetriolo aumentata dal fatto che si tratta di scrittori Sono due ex studenti e compagni di stanza che non si amano ma non sembrano capaci di separarsi si dedicano entrambi alla scrittura, vanno al pub con le donne, giocano a tenni [...]

    8. Eric on said:

      You really have to go back to Nabokov to find writing this exuberant Richard sat in Coach His seat was non aisle, non window and above all non smoking It was also non wide and non comfortable Hundreds of yards and hundreds of passengers away, Gywn Barry, practically horizontal on his crimson barge, shod in prestige stockings and celebrity slippers, assenting with a smile to the coaxing refills of Alpine creekwater and saguinary burgundy with which his various hostesses strove to enhance his cavi [...]

    9. R. on said:

      October 18, 2006Martin Amisc oJonathan Cape LtdRandom House UK Ltd20 Vauxhall Bridge RoadLondon SW1V 2SAEnglandDear Mr Amis,I had the pleasure of reading The Information this past August while living in a motel room in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh Reading, and wandering the parking lot of Star City, an abandoned movie theater, were my sole diversions while waiting for a replacement windshield wiper to arrive at the local auto parts store Your book was a sanity saver and, [...]

    10. Kaung Myat Han on said:

      What a let down Painful, it s just painful to read I hugely liked his other book, The Rachel Papers but this one The Information seems to have no plot, none at all and Martin Amis seemed to be trying to amuse himself by writing such extraordinarily arranged and crafted passages of English vocabulary and words I must admit he writes beautifully But there needs to be a plot Otherwise, it s just plain boring Books, unlike movies, take up a lot of your time and time is a commodity that people like m [...]

    11. Roberto on said:

      Ho iniziato la lettura di questo libro con grandi aspettative, viste le recensioni entusiastiche In particolare l incipit mi ha folgorato Le citt di notte contengono uomini che piangono nel sonno, poi dicono Niente Non niente Solo un sogno triste O qualcosa del genere Passa rasente la nave del pianto, con i radar dlle lacrime e le sonde dei singhiozzi, e li scoprirai Le donne e possono essere amanti, muse macilente, pingui nutrici, ossessioni, divoratrici, ex, nemesi si svegliano, si girano vers [...]

    12. Drew on said:

      The Information is a really good book that I can picture myself liking a lot better under different circumstances Like, say, if it had been the first Martin Amis book I d read.Amis does a good job describing a lot of the stuff that s arguably wrong with the sort of fiction that tends to become wildly successful these days And, helpfully, he does an even better job of self deprecatingly describing real literary fiction the sort of fiction that strives to be difficult, the sort that Franzen calls [...]

    13. Lobstergirl on said:

      The first half of this was a slog Things began to remind me of Ian McEwen s Saturday, which I loathed, and which also post dates The Information, of course Did McEwen borrow a bunch of ideas from The Information Both books share low class thugs bursting with violent impulses, games involving rackets played by friends rivals, and end with a thug terrorizing the protagonist s family Frankly this was a 1 or 2 star book for me, until we departed for the book tour in America Maybe Amis should confine [...]

    14. Alexander on said:

      Hallowed be thy Amis The Information is a Great work a tremendous meditation on mortality, brim with panache, acidic wit, and lyrical exuberance at once cynical, cruel, pathetic, ruminative our protagonist and yes, he is our protagonist Richard Tull recalls Nietzsche s man of ressentiment, but is chiefly a midlife gentry unable to cope with his level of success vis vis his maggot brained rival Gwyn unable to cope with his impotence, his addictions, his ugliness, his incongruity with his family, [...]

    15. El on said:

      Writers, apparently, are a curmudgeonly and vindictive lot Richard Tull is the protagonist of Amis s 1995 novel, a once promising hot new writer But the real success story lies in his former roommate, Gwyn Barry, who has written a phenomenal novel Tull, reduced to writing book reviews, is obsessed with his previous friend s success and can hardly understand it This obsession leads Tull to try and bring Gwyn down, going about it in quite some impressive ways.Amis is one of those writers I love an [...]

    16. Trane on said:

      This is one of the darkest, most consistently funny novels that I ve read for a long time, but there s something about it that just doesn t ultimately all add up for me On the plus side, you ve got Amis s exuberantly baroque writing style, bloated full of alarming and disarming wit that s always as entertaining as it is clever There s also Amis s absolutely cutting satire of the cult of the celebrity writer, and an equally damning take on the self important seriousness of co protagonist Richard [...]

    17. G.R. Reader on said:

      I must have asked Martin a dozen times what real novel Untitled is inspired by He gave me that usual composite crap who does he think he is, Marcel Proust but one night I got him drunk on absinthe and he finally spilled the beans.Well It s always the least likely candidate, and I promised not to tell, and it s probably actionable too But every time I see it on someone s shelf, I can t stop myself from grinning like an idiot.

    18. Robert on said:

      Martin Amis s novel, The Information, is about the malevolent affection that binds two Oxford chums, one a successful writer who doesn t deserve success and the other an unsuccessful writer who deserves his failure So Richard failed goes to great lengths to mess with Gwyn successful and does to upset his own world than he does Gwyn s.Most of the novel takes place in London and features one of Amis s favorite devices the upstairs downstairs narratives involving thugs Richard hires to give Gwyn a [...]

    19. Scott on said:

      Martin Amis is a wizard As an observer and a chronicler of human conditions the conditions in which they find and put themselves I have not read much better He is cynical, masochistic, but ultimately a truth teller Consider a passage from this edition, from Richard Tull, his narrator Americans were martyrs to the motors autos were their autos da fe Never mind what cars have in store for us globally, biospherically cars our cars hate us and humiliate us, at every turn, they humiliate us Types of [...]

    20. Sara Mazzoni on said:

      Questa una biografia letteraria, in un certo senso sono le parole con cui Richard Tull descrive il proprio ennesimo romanzo astruso e fallimentare Anche L informazione in un certo senso la biografia letteraria che racconta l impossibile gratificazione artistica del suo protagonista, frustrato dall insuccesso fino all annichilimento Richard sbarca il lunario scrivendo recensioni di biografie letterarie, tomi polverosi tutti identici tra loro e facendo penare l ormai esausta moglie Gina Dopo un es [...]

    21. Michael Shilling on said:

      The Amis book with an ending Really funny and well plotted and exuberantly languaged like Nabokov So many American writers the ones I know over value a simple style, are afraid of fat, passionate, in your face baroque This is a good entray into that style.

    22. Allycks on said:

      A great and greatly flawed book Every sentence is written to perfection and beyond, Amis constantly challenges, delights, and exasperates the reader with his downbeat wit and intermittent bolts of insight and astrophysical philosophy Five stars, six stars, a starry galaxy to Amis s intellectual and creative commitment, to his gutty persistence, to his never letting a sentence or a thought fade away without coming to a satisfying or at least unchallengable conclusion Kudos Martin Amis rules No jo [...]

    23. Carmen Daza Márquez on said:

      Llevo a os renegando de Martin Amis como novelista, pero despu s de leer Yellow Dog y esta novela he tenido que cambiar de opini n Cuando el se or Amis jr deja a un lado el postureo y se implica de verdad con lo que escribe, el resultado es demoledor Como s tira es inigualable, creo que no voy a olvidar nunca esa imagen de una novela postmoderna tan dif cil y complicada que provoca problemas cerebrales a todo el que lee cuatro o cinco p ginas de la misma Pero lo mejor es la profunda verdad human [...]

    24. Stacey on said:

      This is one of Mark s favourite books, so i thought i would give it a try Almost three months of trying to get into it it has a very stylized prose and be prepared to have dictionary at the ready Amis s use of an extensive vocabulary is fantastic i finally got through it in about 3 days It s mean, the characters aren t just flawed they re downright unlikeable , and it s pretty damn funny But be careful, because if you don t have a VERY dark sense of humor or you can t appreciate a dark sense of [...]

    25. Ashish Chakravarty on said:

      Amis is a master of style Every sentence sparkles with wit, and the urge to go back and reread whole sections, is great That said, the wafer thin plot about a writer, green with envy at the literary success of a close friend, who allegedly cannot write for toffee , makes for a rather slow read What works for me is Amis virtuoso performance with words, and his assured ease at doing aerobatics with the language I don t know of too many writers who can spin such a tale with so little yarn This is h [...]

    26. Brent Legault on said:

      I wanted to quote something here, some line of particular wit or genius, but once I started that I wouldn t know where I d be able to quit One quote or quip would naturally lead to another and then another and before I could stop myself I d be plagiarizing kidnapping, seducing the entire novel not that it would fit in this cramped rectangle every sentence, laid down in different order Of course, it would still be bloody genius.

    27. Marlowe on said:

      Re read for possibly the fourth time over ten years I have yet to read a greater book about the literary mid life crisis although I appreciate that quantatively, that s rather a small genre Also shows that Amis is much underrated as a humourist On the downside, the book does have some basic realism problems when it comes to the success and fame enjoyed by its protagonist s bete noir There were also bits of prosedy in there I recognised from the output of the author s dad.

    28. Pearl Alexandra Lee on said:

      This is now my favourite book And there is no need to say .

    29. Ffiamma on said:

      due amici, entrambi scrittori uno di successo, l altro fallito l invidia, il successo e la mancanza di successo, la vendetta, londra, il mondo editoriale si perde un po verso la fine.

    30. Russell Bittner on said:

      F anatically difficult modern prose wasn t her thing p 87 Nor mine I don t mind saying for the record, right up front, here and now and before you waste another second on this review if fanatically difficult modern prose is, in fact, your thing.I m clearly behind the times on what constitutes literature these days and I ll be the first to admit it I suppose The Information is just another example of what s called postmodern If so, I hope it s the last I stumble upon Or into Or over.What I also d [...]

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