The Pregnant Widow What have the Keiths of this world ever done to Martin Amis? First he introduced us to the hateful do-badder Keith Talent in his 1989… The Pregnant Widow What have the Keiths of this world ever done to Martin Amis? First he introduced us to the hateful do-badder Keith Talent in his 1989… 2010-05-11 Fiction Knopf
Book Review

The Pregnant Widow (2010)

Martin Amis | The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis
The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: May 11, 2010; Writer: Martin Amis; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Knopf

What have the Keiths of this world ever done to Martin Amis? First he introduced us to the hateful do-badder Keith Talent in his 1989 masterpiece London Fields. Now he brings us Keith Nearing, the hero of The Pregnant Widow, this 1970-set comic novel who not only has the ''most plebeian name there is'' but also thinks it's okay to drug his girlfriend so he can sleep with someone else. Alas, while Amis still routinely stuns with the intelligence of his phrase-making, this tale of twentysomethings hanging out at an Italian castle is much less fun than both Fields and Amis' earlier, dramatically similar Dead Babies. B–

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Originally posted May 19, 2010 Published in issue #1104 May 28, 2010 Order article reprints
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