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London Fields by Martin Amis


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London Fields is a park in Hackney, East London, but the novel is set in west London, like most of Amis's work. The park in which the narrator, Sam, walks with various characters Nicola Six, Guy Clinch and Keith Talent is Hyde Park in central London. Sam reminisces that he played in "London Fields" as a boy, and wants to return there before his death. It is not clear whether the "London Fields" he refers to is the real-life East London park, or whether it has another meaning. The title suggests a paradox: a rural or pastoral place within a modern urban setting. Sam's narrative refers again to this inherent paradox, as he remarks that in London "there are no fields", only fields of attraction and repulsion, only force fields.

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