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The story of John Self and his insatiable appetite for money, alcohol, drugs, porn and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, it is a tale of life lived without restraint; of money and the disasters it can precipitate.
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Overview

The story of John Self and his insatiable appetite for money, alcohol, drugs, porn and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, it is a tale of life lived without restraint; of money and the disasters it can precipitate.
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Editorial Reviews

James Atlas
"Money is...one of funniest novels I've read since Amis' seniors Lucky Jim. The etonomous Self, rocous, crude, insinuiting, blurts out his tale with the comic way that never flags." -- Vogue
J. McGinnerny
"Engaging and hillirious...the prose is wild and precise at the same time, funny and encouraging." -- Boston Globe
From the Publisher
"Amis is still the finest English fiction writer of his generation."
— Sunday Independent

"An electrifying writer who likes to shock his fans and share his sharply contemporary concerns -- Amis is a maddening master you need to read -- the best of his generation."
— Mail on Sunday

"Amis is immaculate as a comic stylist-irresistible."
— Daily Telegraph

"His eloquently rendered inner life shows a richness and tenderness."
Christopher Hitchens, The Week

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140088915
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/1/1986
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Amis
MARTIN AMIS is the author of nine novels, two collections of stories and six collections of non-fiction. Koba the Dread, the successor to his celebrated memoir, Experience, was published in 2002.

Biography

The son of legendary English writer Kingley Amis, Martin Amis was born in Oxford in 1949 and attended a number of schools in Great Britain, Spain, and America. By his own admission he was a lackluster student. He spent much of his youth reading comic books, until his stepmother, the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard, took him under her wing, introducing him to literature and encouraging him to study for university entrance. After months of furious cramming, he was accepted into Exeter College in Oxford, graduating with First Class Honors in English.

After graduation, Amis went to work as an editorial assistant at The Times Literary Supplement. In 1973, at the tender of age of 24, he published his award-winning debut novel, The Rachel Papers. Rife with the mordant black humor that would characterize all his fiction, this comic coming-of-age tale was a fitting debut for a career that would be fixated on sex, drugs, and the seamier aspects of modern culture. It also proved to be the first in a long string of bestsellers.

Amis is often grouped with the generation of British-based novelists that emerged during the 1980s and included Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Julian Barnes; but it is safe to say he has generated more controversy than his esteemed colleagues. No one feels neutral about Amis's novels. In a 1999 profile in Esquire, Sven Birkerts put it this way: "He is seen either as a cynically chugging bubble machine, way overrated for his hammy turns, or else as a dazzler, the next real thing."

In addition to his provocative fiction, Amis has grabbed more than his fair share of attention for antics off the page. Graced with youthful good looks, he enjoyed a reputation as a notorious womanizer (not unlike his famous father). Much photographed and buzzed about, he was dubbed early on the "enfant terrible" of English literature -- two parts writer, one part rock star. He attracted headlines like a magnet when he left his wife and children for a younger woman; when he fired his longtime literary agent, the wife of his good friend Julian Barnes; and when his new agent (unaffectionately nicknamed "the Jackal) secured for him an advance of 500,000 pounds, 20,000 pounds of which Amis spent on expensive American dental surgery.

Although reviewers are divided over Amis's long-range literary legacy, even his harshest critics begrudgingly acknowledge his stylistic genius, verbal agility, and biting, satirical wit. The novels for which he is best known (and most respected) comprise an informal trilogy: Money (1984), London Fields (1989), and The Information (1995). In addition, he has written short stories, essays, a nonfiction work on 20th-century communism, and an acclaimed memoir, Experience, detailing his relationship with his father, his writing career, and his convoluted family life. He also contributes regularly to newspapers, magazines, and journals.

Good To Know

Amis attended more than 13 schools while growing up in Great Britain, Spain and the United States.

He was named the "rock star of English literature" by the London Daily Telegraph in 1996.

Amis was profoundly shocked and grieved to discover that his long-lost, beloved cousin Lucy Partington, thought to have simply disappeared in 1973, had fallen victim to Fred West, one of England's most notorious serial killers.

In a much-publicized reunion in 1996, Amis met for the first time a young woman named Delilah Seale who was his daughter from a brief 1970s affair.

Amis has been influenced by several American novelists, including Philip Roth and John Updike, but none so profoundly as Saul Bellow, who became a mentor and something of a father figure.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Martin Louis Amis (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Oxford, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 25, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Oxford, England
    1. Education:
      B.A., Exeter College, Oxford

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2007

    Money by Martin Amis

    The best thing about Martin Amis is his English accent. He sounds like a Disney cartoon villian. And it's fitting. They call him the badboy of English lit. Money is all about cultural decay. It's filled with sex, drugs and violence. But there's no question, Amis is a litterary master. Some say his prose is over the top. Which is ironic in this case, given that the story's narrator, John Self, has never read a book in his life. Expect lots of cleverness. It's good, but it's Not a book everyone's going to enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2009

    good book

    very interesting

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