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Review: Martin Amis' biting 'Lionel Asbo' has nowhere to go
Review: Martin Amis' biting 'Lionel Asbo' has nowhere to go

-------------------- Lionel Asbo State of England Martin Amis Alfred A. Knopf: 256 pp., $25.95 -------------------- He was born Lionel Pepperdine but changed his name to "Asbo" for England's commonly known Anti-Social Behaviour Order, which targets vaguely unpleasant activities (like swearing in public) and makes them prosecutable offenses. The titular Lionel Asbo of Martin Amis' latest novel is proud of his anti-social record and happens to also be an actual criminal, a small-time, hulking, violent thug who makes a modest ghetto go of things between stints in jail. It is into Lionel's unlikely custody that his nephew Desmond is entrusted. Desmond is a sweet,...

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