By Will Lee
Updated February 12, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST
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Heavy Water and Other Stories

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  • Book

Many of Martin Amis’ usual types — a gleefully soulless onanist, a ruminative yob, effetely depraved Brits — pop up in this slender sampling of the author’s short fiction from the past 20-plus years. Amis also delivers inverted worlds (poets firmly in the jet set for whom ”first class was just business as usual,” gay actors in fear of being outed — as straight), a standard dose of America gazing, and his often jaw-dropping verbal virtuosity. In his novels, Amis’ misanthropic trills don’t derail the development of, and our concern for, his characters; but in these wispy tales, he doesn’t seem to care what we think about them. Think of Heavy Water and Other Stories as the Martin Amis Snack Pack — a variety of piquant flavors and chewy, juicy bits, but not enough of any single taste to provide long-lasting satisfaction. B

Heavy Water and Other Stories

type
  • Book
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author
  • Martin Amis
publisher
  • Harmony Books

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