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Pompey By Jonathan Meades

Pompey by Jonathan Meades

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At first glance, Jonathan Meades's 1993 masterpiece Pompey is a post-war family saga set in and around the city of Portsmouth.

Pompey Summary

Pompey: A Novel by Jonathan Meades

At first glance, Jonathan Meades's 1993 masterpiece Pompey is a post-war family saga set in and around the city of Portsmouth. This doesn't come close to communicating the scabrous magnificence of Meades's vision. He writes like Martin Amis on acid, creating an obscene, suppurating vision of an England in terminal decline. The story begins with Guy Vallender, a fireworks manufacturer from Portsmouth (Pompey), who has four children by different four different women. There's Poor Eddie, a feeble geek with a gift for healing; 'Mad Bantu', the son of a black prostitute, who was hopelessly damaged in the womb by an attempted abortion; Bonnie, who is born beautiful but becomes a junkie and a porn star; and finally Jean-Marie, a leather-wearing gay gerontophiliac conceived on a one-night stand in Belgium. The narrator is 'Jonathan Meades', cousin to Poor Eddie and Bonnie, who tells the story of how their strange and poisonous destinies intersect. And although there is no richer stew of perversity, voyeurism, corruption, religious extremism and curdled celebrity in all of English literature, there is also an underlying compassion and a jet-black humour which makes Pompey an important and strangely satisfying work of art. Prepare to enter the English novel's darkest ride....

Pompey Reviews

"He has done for Portsmouth (Portsmouth, for heaven's sake) what Baudelaire did for Paris, Joyce for Dublin and Paul Bowles for Tangier... One of the very best and most absurdly underrated novels of the nineties." -- Stephen Fry
"Disgusting and brilliant - should earn Meades justifiable comparison to Joyce, Celine, Pynchon." -- Paul Spike * Vogue *
"There is no doubt that Pompey is the product of a brilliant mind: one would not, however, wish to dine with its author." -- Nick Hornby * Times Literary Supplement *
"The English novel needs its senses to be violently deranged, and this piledriver of a book...might just provide a kick-start." -- Elizabeth Young * Independent on Sunday *

About Jonathan Meades

Jonathan Meades is a writer, journalist, essayist and film-maker. He is the author of Filthy English, Peter Knows What Dick Likes, The Fowler Family Business, Museum Without Walls and Pompey. In 2014, he published the first volume of his autobiography, An Encyclopaedia of Myself. His many films for the BBC include Abroad in Britain, Meades Eats, Meades on France and, most recently, The Joy of Essex and Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness Concrete Poetry.

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GOR005690539
9781783520206
1783520205
Pompey: A Novel by Jonathan Meades
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Unbound
2013-11-07
496
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