Martin Amis: Yellow Dog

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Yellow Dog (2003), Martin Amis’s tenth novel, appeared six years after his previous one, the compact though compelling Night Train (1997). Its themes are the sense of insecurity in the prosperous West after 9/11; “the obscenification of everyday life” (11, 335); and the male capacity for violence as it shows itself in physical assaults on other men, sexual assaults on women and children, and pornography. At over 330 pages in the hardback edition, it is more than twice the size of Night Train, though less massive than Amis’s fifth, sixth and eighth novels, Money (1984), London Fields (1989) and The Information (1995). But it aims to range more widely than any of these, …

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Tredell, Nicolas. "Yellow Dog". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 June 2011
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