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Yellow Dog Paperback – January 4, 2005
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At once poetic and cynical, bestselling novelist Martin Amis is known for his unflinching critiques of modern life. Visit Amazon's Martin Amis Page.
Top Customer Reviews
MA writes to sooth his many fears and obsessions, such as the Bomb, pollution, competition among males, fatherhood, flying, the resurgence of Russia, and the non-working working class in Britain. In earlier books MA invented some unforgettable creatures such as the baby then toddler-from-hell Marmaduke, and Keith Talent, a gross yob aspiring to immortality in the game of darts. In YD, MA returns to his obsession with tabloids, its writers, targets and readers.
His hero Xan has become a model husband and father of two since his acrimonious divorce, also a public figure, active on TV and as an author. Once a year he visits a neighbourhood pub to celebrate his continued good behaviour with a few drinks. And out of nowhere he is accosted by two strangers and beaten up very badly. When he is released from hospital his personality is changed, perhaps forever...
MA links Xan with an outrageous cast of characters to explain the attack: wife, ex-wife and children; a tabloid journalist obsessed with the size of his manhood and his mobile phone girlfriend; King Henry IX ("Henry England"), his Chinese girlfriend, his male personal secretary and his daughter Victoria, very blackmail-prone, and a rancorous crime boss/long stay guest of penitentiary institutions, a psychotic football star, to mention a few.Read more ›
Amis is bold - no question - dealing with subjects such as incest, gratuitious violence, rage, drug abuse, pornography, impotence, spousal rape. He even invents his own language for the character k8 (Kate) which is witty after you figure it out.He enters the world of porn with terms like Blackeye, Cockout, Redface, Boxback, Yellow tongue, Facial - some explained, others left to our imagination. His descriptions are equally visceral; he describes a planeload of disembarking passengers as " the tube of canned sex emptied in relays of tits, pits and zits "
Four of the five disparate story strands sort of came together in the end, while the fifth one about the crashing airliner, didn't connect at all, and I wondered why it was there - further proof of male superiority, even from the grave?
My issue with this book was that everyone in it (except for baby Sophia) is a bad, twisted person and I am not sure if anyone was redeemed in the end - so why bother?
And the writer demonstrated arrogance in starting his scenes anywhere he damned well cared, letting the reader hang on for dear life and try and fit all the pieces together. I dislike all this "work" when reading to be entertained, educated and enlightened.
I guess, in writing this book, Amis displayed his virtuosity with words but severely limited our view on his empathy towards human character.
Shane Joseph [...]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I paid way too much for a book I could not begin to understand. Stopped trying after first 30 pages. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kris Hicks
do yourself a favor and stay away from this writer. i always check shorlisted books for the man booker prize. and i must say i came across real gems among them. Read morePublished 23 months ago by NGT
First off, I am definitely a fan. There.
This is just the sort of a book where a master writer is sitting in his study and twiddling his thumbs and his editor rings and... Read more
Juvenal called his book of satires a `farrago', and the word fits Yellow Dog very well. It's satire, it's a farrago of many different themes and plots, and it's a very clever... Read morePublished on February 4, 2009 by DAVID BRYSON
Martin is the master, and he's spot-on with his indictment of what passes for culture today. The seemingly disparate plots intertwine beautifully and surprisingly, and his mastery... Read morePublished on October 14, 2008 by Willem Knibbe
Xan Meo--loving husband, devoted family man, minor celebrity--goes to the pub for the annual celebration of his sober reformation. Read morePublished on June 22, 2007 by Mark Nadja
1. Yellow Dog is a chore to read - its self-conscious post-modernity, its intentional tangle of narratives and voices, and its glee in confusing the reader make it tiresome from... Read morePublished on April 1, 2007 by Antenna Twentythree
Yellow Dog is very much in the same savagely satirical mode of much of Martin Amis's work, for example Money. Read morePublished on June 28, 2006 by Richard R. Horton
I don't know why people (including Amis fans) were so down on this when it came out. I loved it. It zoomed straight into my top ten Mart novels. Weeeeeeeeee! Read morePublished on May 17, 2006 by Jade West