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Money by Martin Amis
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Mar 11, 2012

it was amazing
Read in February, 2012

The first of Amis' so-called "London trilogy" although much of its impetus comes from his fascination with New York (one shared by a number of his Oxford contemporaries and their London associates - e.g. Hitchens, Gully Wells, Anna Wintour - who moved here at the time). New York is presented in all its most lurid early 80s glory, with 24-hour booze and pornography to satisfy the most gluttonous. We also observe the ascendance of money which took place on both sides of the ocean at the time and notably, was no longer connected to any kind of social class or education. The main character, John Self, who grew up above a pub and made his packet in advertising, has scarcely read a book in his life.
The narrator's surname and the fact that a less financially successful writer called "Martin Amis" appears as a character exemplifies Amis' recurrent fascination with both literary rivalries and the writer divided against himself, the allure of success always threatening the staid certainty of unimpeachable literary credentials.

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