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Money by Martin Amis

Money (1984)

by Martin Amis

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    Bad News by Edward St. Aubyn (shaunie)
    shaunie: Both have a dissolute main character going to pieces in NYC! Amis's book has much more meat on its bones, although both are very well written.
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    Fury by Salman Rushdie (vsnunez)
    vsnunez: Both are clever, well-written tales of modern life from a British point of view, but set largely in NYC

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A classic list book that I couldn't relate to. ( )
  deldevries | Jun 11, 2018 |
The twist at the end was unexpected, and the ending too hopeful. Overall, a tedious read. ( )
  siok | Jan 30, 2017 |
1980s Romp. Indulging. Words and plenty of them. I like this book. ( )
  vwriter | Aug 10, 2016 |
One of the funniest books I've ever read... get ready to laugh out loud! ( )
  gmmartz | Jun 21, 2016 |
part of his london trilogy, all very good. ( )
  PaulRx04 | Apr 15, 2016 |
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"the best celebrity novel I know: the stars who demand and wheedle their way across his plot seem less like caricature and more like photorealism every year."
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Martin Amisprimary authorall editionscalculated
Golüke, GuidoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nilsson, Hans-JacobTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schönfeld, EikeÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is a suicidal note. By the time you lay it aside (and you should always read these things slowly, on the lookout for clues or give-aways), John Self will no longer exist. Or at any rate that's the idea. You never can tell, though, with suicide notes, can you? In the planetary aggregate of all life, there are many more suicide notes than there are suicides. They're like poems in that respect, suicide notes: nearly everyone tries their hand at them some time, with or without the talent. We all write them in our heads. Usually the note is the thing. You complete it, and then resume your time travel. It is the note and not the life that is cancelled out. Or the other way round. Or death. You never can tell, though, can you, with suicide notes.

To whom is the note addressed? To Martina, to Fielding, to Vera, to Alec, to Selina, to Barry - to John Self? No. It is meant for you out there, the dear, the gentle. 

M.A. London, September 1981
To Antonia
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As my cab pulled of FDR Drive, somewhere in the early Hundreds, a low-slung Tomohawk full of black guys came sharking out of lane and slopped in fast right across our bows.
The quenched light of this joke June, in the shape of a sail or a breast, swells its camber across the room.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140088911, Paperback)

Absolutely one of the funniest, smartest, meanest books I know. John Self, the Rabelaisian narrator of the novel, is an advertising man and director of TV commercials who lurches through London and Manhattan, eating, drinking, drugging and smoking too much, buying too much sex, and caring for little else besides getting the big movie deal that will make him lots of money. Hey, it was the '80s. Most importantly, however, Amis in Money musters more sheer entertainment power in any single sentence than most writers are lucky to produce in a career.

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John Self, the extravagantly wretched man at the heart of this wonderfully funny book, is no ordinary pig. A slave to his countless vices, a monster of lustrous indulgence, he's the kind of sleazeball who puts the id back in idiot. Naturally, he's in the movie business. To be precise, he's a director of TV commercials who is making his first feature while perfecting his gift for self-destruction. (And, by the way, offering what is frequently an astute take on this profane world of ours.) Self's spectacular lusts, his raw craving for money, sex and stimulants, his low cunning, his sheer, bewitching awfulness - somehow it all makes him perfectly irresistible.… (more)

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