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By Martin Amis

A riotous, bitingly humorous, and supremely smart novel from one in every of our so much unique voices within the English language.
 
The 12 months is 1970, and Keith Nearing, a twenty-year-old literature pupil, is spending his summer season holiday in a citadel on a mountainside in Italy. The Sexual Revolution is in full-swing—a old second of exceptional opportunity—and Keith and his buddies are instantly stuck up in its chaotic, ecstatic throes. but they quickly find a tense fact: among the loss of life of 1 social order and the beginning of one other, there exists a nation of liminal purgatory, as soon as defined through the Russian philosopher Alexander Herzen as “a pregnant widow.”
 
As Amis deftly explores the repercussions and results of that one summer season, he offers us with an actual and poignant portrait of the freeing chances, and the haunting effects, of swap. Expertly written and whole of wit and pathos, The Pregnant Widow is Amis at his fearless best.

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Keith actually went and waded through one of these dropped cloudlets. Not much bigger than Scheherazade in her thick white towel, it reclined on a low terrace beyond the paddock. The steamy, smoky presence stirred and altered under his tread, and then flattened out again, with the back of its hand placed long-sufferingly across its brow. A week went by, and the new arrivals had yet to avail themselves of the Olympian swimming pool in its grotto setting. Keith decided that it would do his heart good to see the girls enjoying themselves down there—particularly Scheherazade.

Both of them are Low Possibles. And they graded not just strangers and passers-by but everybody they knew. One afternoon, as Tina ironed, it was asserted by him, and confirmed by her, that Violet was a Vision—fit to take her place alongside Nicholas. And Keith, who was eleven, said, Mum? Am I a Dud? No, dear. Her head went back an inch. No my love. You’ve got a face face, that’s what you’ve got. It’s full of character. You’re a Possible. A High Possible. … All right. Let’s do a womie. Which womie?

And you sometimes say to yourself: That went a bit quick. That went a bit quick. In certain moods, you may want to put it rather more forcefully. As in: OY!! THAT went a BIT FUCKING QUICK!!! … Then fifty comes and goes, and fifty-one, and fifty-two. And life thickens out again. Because there is now an enormous and unsuspected presence within your being, like an undiscovered continent. This is the past. Book One Where We Lay Our Scene 1 FRANCA VIOLA It was the summer of 1970, and time had not yet trampled them flat, these lines: Sexual intercourse began In 1963 (Which was rather late for me)— Between the end of the Chatterley ban And the Beatles’ first LP.

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