Why this book?
Martin Amis’s first novel, published in 1973, was the first book that I read from cover to cover.
I was only eighteen at the time and even though my memory of the story is vague, I remember being drawn in by the unique and compelling way it was told.
I went on to read other works by the same author, but The Rachel Papers has a particular poignancy, in that it has lingered in my psyche for over forty years. Even in adolescence, I came to realise that books are as individual as the person reading them.
The Rachel Papers
Why should I read it?
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What is this book about?
In his uproarious first novel Martin Amis, author of the bestselling London Fields, gave us one of the most noxiously believable -- and curiously touching -- adolescents ever to sniffle and lust his way through the pages of contemporary fiction. On the brink of twenty, Charles High-way preps desultorily for Oxford, cheerfully loathes his father, and meticulously plots the seduction of a girl named Rachel -- a girl who sorely tests the mettle of his cynicism when he finds himself falling in love with her.