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The Alteration (New York Review Books Classics) by [Amis, Kingsley]
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“Buoyantly inventive from its ground-plan to its remotest pinnacles and twirly bits, Kingsley Amis’s new novel has almost nothing expectable about it, except that it is a study of tyranny.” —John Carey, New Statesman
 
"One of the best—possibly the best—alternate-worlds novels in existence." —Philip K. Dick
 
The Green Man and The Alteration will retain their important places in the history of supernatural fiction and science fiction.” —Michael Dirda
 
“In one of his funniest novels, The Alteration, Kingsley Amis imagined a counterfactual world in which the Reformation had failed. Martin Luther had not plunged northern Europe into religious revolt, but instead became Pope Germanicus I. Prince Arthur of England did not die, so his odious brother Henry never became king. Henry's malcontent Protestant followers, after an abortive rebellion, were banished to New England, where they eventually invented free trade, electricity and personal hygiene. So Europe in the 1960s groaned under a papistical Haps burg tyranny. Harold Wilson was pope, dispensing tea in the Vatican ('Shall we be mother?'), and papal scouts combed English cathedrals for likely singing boys who, after suitable surgery ('The Alteration'), became castrati in the Sistine Chapel choir.” —Eamon Duffy, Sunday Times (UK)
 
“Amis, not content with writing scholarly treatments of the subject, produced a historical/futurological novel, The Alteration…I might add that the subject of sex in this work is introduced in the most radical and subversive way, though without the smallest hint of the pornographic.” —Christopher Hitchens, The Atlantic Monthly

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Hubert, the ten-year-old chorister's glorious voice must be preserved at all costs. In Amis's quasi-medieval England of 1976, a wickedly brilliant Swiftian satire takes shape. The modest proposal? Well, it stands to reason that castration is clearly the only answer.

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  • File Size: 1073 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics; Reprint edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LNSV22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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