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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Martin Amis’s vibrantly dark 1985 novel, Money, gave us a rollicking, repulsive picture of London and New York in the late 20th century, awash in cash, corruption, pornography, junk food, junk art, self-promotion and wretched excess of every imaginable variety. More than two and a half decades later that novel’s scabrous vision of a crude, rude world reeling from narcissism and acquisitiveness seems as potent as ever. Its hilariously awful hero, John Self, is an uncanny harbinger of the willful vulgarians who would gain even more ascendancies in the reality-show, greed-is-great era of the 21st century.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Savagely hilarious. It risks, it boils with energy . . . it even manages to shock.”—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World
Despite mostly pretty good reviews and despite the fact that I read all kinds of books, I really could not get into this one.Published 11 days ago by Beach Reader
I really wanted to like Martin Amis. I liked his dad, and heard so much about Martin's writing skills. I must say, at times this book was funny. But my, how Mr. Amis does go on. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Norman Minnick
What a vile, impressive book. It is worth reading for Amis's masterful, inventive writing. But the down and dirty main character's exploits make you want to send him off to rehab... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chantal
I love to read and was prepared to really like this. It just went on and won and never got interesting. If you enjoy posturing, you might like this. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nancy A. Dreyer
This was a very tough slog despite loads of often brilliant writing. Dazzling yet not engrossing. Every page is somehow exhausting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A Reader
Money is a story about excess.
The narrator, John Self, our excessively fat anti-hero, is a burgeoning film director in the process of putting together his first... Read more
Amis at his best. Still relevant 25 years down the track.Published 6 months ago by James D Converse