Second Thoughts


Second Thoughts on
Night Train

by Janis Freedman Bellow

reprinted by permission of

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#4 May 1998: 25-29

    (Editor's Note: Janis Freedman Bellow's essay "Second Thoughts on Night Train" is essential reading--one of few essays that does justice to the novel's humanity and complexity. I wish to thank Ms. Freedman Bellow and the editors of The Republic of Letters* for permission to reprint her essay on The Martin Amis Web--and editorial assistant Nicole Peeler for her assistance).

    I have divided the essay into four parts:

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     *The Republic of Letters is a literary journal edited by Saul Bellow and Keith Botsford (to read samples from the journal, click on the graphic or title above). The editors describe the journal this way:

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