NABOKV-L post 0015481, Tue, 18 Sep 2007 13:52:36 -0400

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goes back to one of Martin's heroes - Nabokov ...
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*Complete article at following URL* *
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/alex_stein/2007/09/style_over_substance.html
*<http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/alex_stein/2007/09/style_over_substance.html>

Style over substance

*Novelists like Martin Amis should be wary of using a verbose and unclear
literary style when writing explicitly political material.*
September 18, 2007 9:00 AM

Kingsley Amis<http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/audiointerviews/profilepages/amisk1.shtml>used
to have no qualms about attacking the "terrible compulsive vividness"
of his son's <http://books.guardian.co.uk/authors/author/0,,-4,00.html>writing.
He even went as far as to say he could never finish reading his
novels. "It goes back to one of Martin's heroes -
Nabokov<http://www.randomhouse.com/features/nabokov/biography.html>.
I lay it all at his door - that constant demonstrating of his command of
Englishness." These
accusations<http://www.eng.fju.edu.tw/iacd_2004S/modern_postmodern/reading/success.htm>of
unnecessary verboseness have haunted Amis' illuminated career.

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