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The Pregnant Widow: Inside History

The Pregnant Widow: Inside History

Martin Amis

ISBN: 9781400044528

In a castle on a mountainside in Italy, half a dozen young lives are afloat on a sea of change, trapped inside the history of the 1970's sexual revolution. Amis offers a comedy of manners and a nightmare, with all the confused vigor of youth and the bitte

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The year is 1970, and the youth of Europe are in the chaotic, ecstatic throes of the sexual revolution. Though blindly dedicated to the cause, its nubile foot soldiers have yet to realize this disturbing truth: that between the death of one social order and the birth of another, there exists a state of terrifying purgatory--or, as Alexander Herzen put it, a pregnant widow.
Keith Nearing is stuck in an exquisite limbo. Twenty years old and on vacation from college, Keith and an assortment of his peers are spending the long, hot summer in a castle in Italy. The tragicomedy of manners that ensues will have an indelible effect on all its participants, and we witness, too, how it shapes Keith's subsequent love life for decades to come. Bitingly funny, full of wit and pathos, "The Pregnant Widow "is a trenchant portrait of young lives being carried away on a sea of change.
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