The Alteration

The Alteration

Book - 1976
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Publisher: London : Cape, 1976.
ISBN: 9780224013055
022401305X
Characteristics: 208 p.

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Jun 24, 2014

"One of the best--possibly the best-alternate-worlds novels in existence."-Philip K. Dick
If you started, as many readers do, with Kingsley Amis's great campus novel "Lucky Jim," you may be frustrated by trying to find another one of his many novels that is at good. He did not age gracefully; his wit curdled, his prejudices became hardened, his sardonic humor turned to crankiness. That's not to say he didn't write some other good books and this, which dabbles in "virtual history," is one of his more interesting efforts. He imagines a world in which Martin Luther, rather than starting the Reformation, became Pope and founded a theocracy. It has enormous promise as an idea and Amis doesn't quite deliver. There are several references to P.K. Dick's counterfactual novel "The Man in the High Castle." You might also like "The Handmaid's Tale," "The Green Man," "Hello America," "Hocus Pocus," and "The Plot Against America." Introduction by William Gibson. Origin of the phrase "Sh**'s about to get altered!"

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