Books: Caution: Black Hole Ahead LONDON FIELDS by Martin Amis

Harmony; 470 pages; $19.95

LONDON FIELDS by Martin Amis; Harmony; 470 pages; $19.95

Readers of Martin Amis' earlier fictions -- notably Success, Money: A Suicide Note and Einstein's Monsters -- will find that he outdoes himself in London Fields. It could even be said he sometimes undoes himself, with his verbal brilliance and command of literary technique. No matter. As an uninhibited high-energy performance, as a bold conception of a world tumbling toward a loveless void, this British best seller is destined for a large and divided readership in the U.S.

Like Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities, London Fields should excite the love-it-or-heave-it...

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