The Second Plane

The Second Plane

September 11 : Terror and Boredom

Book - 2008
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The English language bows deeper to Amis than anyone else. The Daily Telegraph (UK) A master not only of fiction but also of fiercely controversial political engagement, Martin Amis here gathers fourteen pieces that constitute an evolving, provocative and insightful examination of the most momentous event of our time. At the heart of this collection is the long essay Terror and Boredom, an unsparing analysis of Islamic fundamentalism and the West's flummoxed response to it, while other pieces address the invasion of Iraq, the realities of Iran and Tony Blair's pallid departure from Downing Street. Amis's reviews of pertinent books and films, from The Looming Tower to United 93, provide a wide-ranging survey of other responses to these calamitous issues, which are further explored in two short stories: The Last Days of Mohammed Atta, and In the Palace of the End, narrated by a Middle Eastern tyrant's double whose duties include epic lovemaking, grotesque torture and the duplication on his own body of the injuries sustained by his alter ego in constant assassination attempts. Whether lambasted for his refusal to kowtow to Muslim pieties or hailed for his blunt common sense, Amis is indisputably a great pleasure to read-informed, elegant, surprising-and this collection a resounding contemplation of the relentless, manifold dangers we suddenly find ourselves living with.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780676977851
Characteristics: x, 211 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 06, 2014

I have to confess, I was never impressed with Kingsley Amis, and neither am I especially impressed with his son. Amis states that Osama bin Laden was a qualified engineer. He was? How does Amis know this? I have read many differing accounts of his background, the most reliable come from French investigative journalists, so I know that bin Laden was qualified, to a degree, with gun smuggling in North Africa, but differing accounts don't even have him graduating from college, much less ever working as a practicing engineer? A blatant statement, unsupported by fact. Too many discrepancies to necessarily lend any support to the writings of Amis. I do know that when he was operating in North Africa, bin Laden had two top lieutenants, one named Chalabi, brother to Ahmad Chalabi, who figured into George W. Bush's political designs in Iraq. Does Amis even know this?

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