Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Independent article by Adam Sherwin on Martin Amis and his new BBC4 documentary, Martin Amis’s England

Reading this Independent article by Adam Sherwin on Martin Amis and his new BBC4 documentary, Martin Amis’s England I was struck by how Martin Amis has lost his power to shock:  http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/martin-amis-money-has-finally-defeated-british-obsession-with-social-class-9197993.html

Oh he tries to be offensive, but this was all said a long time ago and repeated so many times over the last fifty years it just seems tired and cliched.

The monarchy on the way out?  Money replacing class?  The chav classes are racist and violent?

These statements may or may not be true but they are hardly original insights.

And when you take away the power to shock, what is left of Martin Amis?

Nothing.

Nothing at all.

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