Guest Book Review: Lionel Asbo: State of England by Martin Amis


Many reviewers have compared this to Dickens, but I was more struck by the similarity to Bill James Iles & Harpur series. Some very bad, unpredictable guys and some very nice people trying to avoid mayhem and evil. The language, argot and social satire are entertaining, while the suspense keeps ratcheting up until the last 15 pages fly by while you hold your breath. Even the hideous creation, Lionel, evokes moments of sympathy, but only a few.

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