Tod. T. Friendly is living his life backwards.
Doctor Friendly has just died, but after weeks of improving in the hospital, he is sent home to his affable, melting-pot, primary-colour existence in suburban America.
From the fresh-cut lawns of his retirement to the hustle of New York, and then the boat back to war-torn Europe, Friendly carries with him a secret. Trapped in his body from grave to cradle, Friendly’s consciousness can only watch as he struggles to make sense of the good doctor’s most ambitious project yet – the final solution.
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'Amis's most daring and ambitious novel' Daily Telegraph
Amis's backwards world is rigorously imagined. It is a world of pathos and cruel hilarity - but the crux, the test of his vision, is what he does with Auschwitz
The devastatingly sustained black irony stands comparison with Swift's A Modest Proposal. It is, I think, Amis's finest achievement to date
Extraordinary - Ironic inversion is essentially a comic device, but its trickery here yields results that are rigorously grave
An icy, hard read - Amis is at his intriguing, powerful and heedful best
Amis's most daring and ambitious novel