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This memoir really isn’t for the women (the many women, it seems) in Martin’s life, but for his father Kingsley, his ‘twin peaks’ (Nabokov and Bellow), Christopher Hitchens, his mother Hilly, brother Philip, and his cousin Lucy Partington. Experience is not quite a memoir, nor is it quite a portrait of his father, nor is it really an autobiography. Martin's elliptical memoir is a very odd mixture, but easily the most memorable and moving thing in it is his portrait of his father.

Three times in the reading of this book, the courage, compassion and simplicity of Amis's writing brought me to tears.I liked Experience sometimes (for its wit) and I was touched sometimes: It is truly elegiac when it comes to Kingsley's boozer's death.

Shunning orthodox chronology for more satisfying linearity, Amis explores the issues that have dogged his life and his reputation for too long.

While he was supposed to be studying for the notoriously difficult entrance exam, he squandered his time and money pursuing a relationship with his crush, Rachel. And discussions about a murdered cousin (and with it, the obvious hope that the weight of that terrible event would counterbalance the triviality of the rest), plus schoolboy letters home and critiques of schoolboy letters home, glancing references to big events in Amis' life (you know, because it's assumed I would already know All Things Martin before I picked up Experience), and a handful of pages about Hitchens and Bellow, focusing mostly on where they met, what was worn and what was eaten.

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