A collection of stories about a frightening world inhabited by people dehumanized by the daily threat of nuclear war and postwar survivors deformed by its results.
About the Author
Martin Amis is the best-selling author of several books, including London Fields, Money, The Information, and, most recently, Experience. He lives in London.
Date of Birth:August 25, 1949
Place of Birth:Oxford, England
Education:B.A., Exeter College, Oxford
What People are Saying About This
[A character says]". . . I swear, the entire planet seemed to be staging some kind of stupidity contest.'' And it's that point of view that informs all of Einstein's Monsters. . . .A word about Mr. Amis's style: it's rough, new-seeming, laconic, lower-class, insolent, careless. . . .[he] has created stories that please at least as much as they horrify. -- The New York Times,/i>
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Foretells the future
Martin Amis has written a collection of five stories about lving with the threat of, or after, a nuclear war. In two of the stories, the existence of nuclear weapons is a backdrop for the anxieties and behaviour of characters. These were my favourites, with a strength of language and imagery that literally made me pause and reflect mid-paragraph at times.The other three stories could more easily fit the science-fiction genre since they take place after nuclear war has destroyed the world as we know it. Even in these, Mr. Amis's focus is on people: these aren't stories about war and technology, but about what they do to humanity.