Echo chamber

By JAMES PARKER  |  May 4, 2010

I won’t spoil it for you, though I will say that Amis pretty much spoiled it for me. Something in the gestation of The Pregnant Widow, which began life (so Amis has said) as a memoir, has messed it up: the prose feels murky, fugue-ish, as if the author had made the necessary descent into his preoccupations but then got stuck there, pulling sadly at his Wellington boot. I’ll grade it “Incomplete,” with the recommendation that if you’re looking for a perfected work of art, you cock an ear to Eagle Twin.

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