A Criminal Who Never Changes: Martin Amis’ Lionel Asbo: State of England

Lionel Asbo: State of England, Martin Amis, Lionel Asbo, Desmond Pepperdine, literature, book, britpop, England, English

Martin Amis Lionel Asbo: State of England is a character study of a man who never changes. A career criminal who lives in the projects, Lionel Asbo becomes the primary caretaker of his orphaned nephew—Desmond Pepperdine. While in prison, Lionel wins the lottery—13.5 million pounds and he remains the same.

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Recreating and Rewriting Reality in J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy, J. K. Rowling

“You must accept the reality of other people. You think that reality is up for negotiation, that we think it’s whatever you say it is. You must accept that we are as real as you are; you must accept that you are not God.” (88) Continue reading →