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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When I was in high school I used to brag that I didn’t own a book by a living writer with the exception of Anne Rice. When I was in college I used to boast that I didn’t own any contemporary writers besides Anne Rice and Tom Robbins. I mistakenly thought the only way to be a serious reader was to read dead authors. I reveled in reading classics and avoided anything published since I was born. Continue reading →