Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Anti Social Behavior Order
Title: Lionel Asbo: state of England
By: Martin Amis
Step inside the wacky, Rabelaisian world of Lionel “Li” Asbo (Anti Social Behavior Order) and his 5 brothers-- John, Paul, George, Ringo, and Stuart--sperm donors scattered far and wide. Li, a frequent guest of Her Majesty's home for society's scoundrels, skates through life pilfering, scamming, and murdering the English language. Unhappily, it has devolved upon Li to father his orphaned nephew, Des, a bright-eyed, intellectually hungry, word happy adolescent looking for love and the opportunity for a college education. A weirdly loyal and fond relationship exists between these two disparate creatures, and, in spite of Li's attempts to shape Des into his own moral disorder, Des remains himself.
This is a riotously funny book, a satirical look at society's foibles with exuberant language, idiosyncratic ideals, but all in all hugely likeable characters.
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