Charles Highway, a highly-sexed, precocious 19-year-old, is determined to sleep with an older woman before he turns 20, and dark-haired Rachel fits the bill perfectly. He plots strategies, plans the seduction meticulously, sets the scene, - but it doesn't come out quite as he expects.
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In his uproarious first novel Martin Amis, author of the bestselling London Fields, gave us one of the most noxiously believable -- and curiously touching -- adolescents ever to sniffle and lust his way through the pages of contemporary fiction. On the brink of twenty, Charles High-way preps desultorily for Oxford, cheerfully loathes his father, and meticulously plots the seduction of a girl named Rachel -- a girl who sorely tests the mettle of his cynicism when he finds himself falling in love with her.From the Back Cover:
Amis's vision of adolescence is an unvarnished, terrifying and hilarious one."-- New Yorker
"A truly sexy and funny book...a delight...the best teenage sex novel since Goodbye Columbus." -- New York
"Amis is a born comic novelist, in the tradition that ranges from Dickens to Waugh...He can find laughter in catastrophe and knows that morality shifts sneakily between absolutes and ambiguity...Amis's mercurial style...can rise to Joycean brilliance."
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Book Description Penguin UK, 1989. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140107231