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Money: A Suicide Note

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  16,731 Ratings  ·  879 Reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published March 4th 1986 by Penguin Books (first published January 1984)
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Rakhi Dalal
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rakhi by: Jon Quinton

Yes, you are right. Money is about ‘Money’. But not the everyday money one needs to go on with the daily business of living. It is ‘The Money’. The sort people go bonkers to attain to overcome their fears. To suppress the ‘thinking monster’ who is ready to rear its head at a moment’s notice, when the guards are low, those fleeting moments when lust or power hang on to relax, freeing the mind from their rein temporarily. But that freedom is ephemeral, for there is no escape from Money.

John Self
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Jessica
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no
I loathed this book, especially its reekingly horrid, brain-damagingly idiotic mess of an ending, which felt like watching a drug-addicted alcoholic trainwreck you've seen self-destructing for years finally have his royal rock-bottom meltdown into utter psychosis, destitution, and multiple organ failure.

"But Jess!" you might be yelling. "Wasn't that the point?"

Probably, almost definitely, but really, I gotta ask: was this point really one that needed to be made? I think not, yet close to a year
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MJ Nicholls
Note: Written in 2007, when my prose style was at an all-time low.

I would like to begin this review with a statement: I am not a rich man. The highest amount of capital I have ever accrued amounts to approximately two thousand British pounds, and after reading Money: A Suicide Note from Martin Amis, I can also state in all conviction – that will do quite nicely for me.

I picked this book up expecting a white-hot satire on the power of money to corrupt and infect the individual, and to rot societ
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Mykle
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE: Did I really not give this five stars? What the fuck was I thinking? I rate all other books on Goodreads in terms of as-good-as-MONEY, not-as-good-as-MONEY, and possibly-better-than-MONEY-in-some-ways-but-then-again-not-really.

I don't know what book I thought I was going to find out there, that was going to be an entire star better than Martin Amis' MONEY, but I haven't found it yet.

(If I ever do encounter such a mindbusting blockbender of a book -- I hear "Twilight" is good -- then I ma
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Kemper
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, 100, modern-lit, 2011
How about a story where the narrator is an absolute pig who spends most of the novel blind drunk as he careens from blackout to blackout while being a completely self-absorbed and oblivious asshole who survives on a diet of fast food and pornography? He’s also the kind of guy who gets in bar brawls and occasionally smacks women around. Sound like fun?

Actually, it is.

John Self is a British director of crass TV commercials who is about to make his first movie with an American producer. John ping-
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
Thank You, Dear Gentle Reader

It's 5 pm on a Saturday in New York. The Reader walks into a bar where he works as a barman. In his bag is a copy of the novel "Money", which he has been reading on the subway on the journey to and from work. He hasn't checked the pages, but he's almost finished. Soon after setting up, he is joined by his first customer, a dishevelled, but interesting looking, character he doesn't think he's seen before. The customer is holding a folded piece of paper in his left han
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William1
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was really an essential text for me. I first read it shortly after it came out in the U.S. (1985) and it was like nothing I had ever come across before. A hydrogen-bomb of a novel. The sheer speed of the narrative, the word play, the telling detail. In short Money possessed the masterful technique that causes a narrative to jump from the page. Though "originality" we now know is something of a misnomer--every artist has his or her models and Amis has always been quite frank about his--never ...more
Anthony Vacca
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A sleazy masterpiece of rhythm and voice, Money is Martin Amis at his most decadent and vitriolic. Taking no prisoners, this novel moves at a jetlagged frenzy, hopping back and forth between London and New York City as our narrator, the bloated and repulsive John Self, wheels and deals with perverse moneymen and insecure actors as he tries his damnedest to make his pet project of a movie, Good Money (or Bad Money, depending on which has more appeal with test audiences), a money-spewing success. ...more
Bên Phía Nhà Z
Bạn có tưởng tượng ra có độc giả nào đọc “Chuyện của nông trại” – Trại súc vật của Orwell mà lại chỉ băn khoăn cái cửa hông là cái cửa gì chứ hoàn toàn không biết nó phúng dụ ám chỉ toàn trị toàn tiếc chính trị chính em gì không?

Bạn có bao giờ đọc một cuốn tiểu thuyết mà phá vỡ mọi luật lệ, dinh luôn tác giả vào thành một nhân vật trong truyện, thế là không chỉ có một hiện thân mà cùng lúc là hai không?

Bạn có bao giờ hình dung nếu Nabokov thay vì viết chuyện ấu dâm, tập trung vào một thằng béo t
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K.D. Absolutely
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-core
One of the books that are hard to read but once you're done, you just would like to read them again. It is just too beautiful that the fulfillment that you get from it is indescribable. My first time to read a Martin Amis book and definitely will not be the last.

Despite the many references that probably only Londoners or New Yorkers (two settings of the story) might be familiar with, the staccato narration and John Self's vicious vices (those I cannot relate with except of course good food), the
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Lynne King
I made an unwise choice here. I was swayed by the good reviews I read and naturally assumed the book would be excellent.

I didn't like the character of John Self at all. I found him empty in "spirit", didn't go with his life style, neither was I taken with the form of the writing, as it lacked, to me, any sense of art or beauty. So the book has been despatched to the "clouds" in Kindle to enjoy eternity in the ether.

Normally the reviewers are very good and I can be persuaded to follow their way o
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David Lentz
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me begin by saying that this novel is certainly well worth the money -- a masterpiece always is. I hardly know where to begin as I was so moved by this literary tour de force on fiat currency. Martin Amis is a writer's writer, a novelist's novelist, a poet's poet. The syntax is elegant, exquisite, delicious, a joy to read -- it's a book you want never to end. Amis worked hard and even fought to add value to every single word in this allegorical novel or as William H. Gass said, you will disc ...more
Manny

Not for the fainthearted or easily shocked - but if you don't fall into one of those categories, an absolutely first-rate comic novel. Impossible to forget John Self, surely one of the most unattractive anti-heroes ever.
Kirsten
I never thought anyone could make me sympathetic towards a drunk, drug addled, sex addicted porn film producer. But Martin Amis seems to have managed it. Though, a lesser person may have put it down before they got to that point.

The only thing in my favor? It was an interlibrary loan! Damned if I wasn't going to get my $2 worth!

The first half of the book? Dreadful. But once things started happening, I did start being much more interested. It took me a week to read the first half and two days to
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Heather
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, 2010
This book took me a LONG time to read, and the despicableness of the protagonist, John Self, had a lot to do with it. I just couldn't get past how disgusting and loathsome he was, and didn't understand why anyone would want to waste their time reading about such an unlikable character. After struggling through the first half, however, the second half gripped me and I found that I couldn't put it down.
Amis is an excellent writer, using witty, refined prose to describe a fairly abhorrent lifestyl
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Gary
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book days ago, and I have to say that I am glad I read it. Many times Martin made me laugh outloud......I am having a very hard time deciding what kind of review to write for this....it's about Money,and how Money jades you,makes you a sinner, etc. etc. etc.

I have to say then when I got to the end of this novel that I actually liked it quite a lot....at times I found it tedious,and a good friend/reviewer of mine kept asking me if I had finished it yet,and how it seemed like it w
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Darwin8u
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This is a hard book to review. 'Money'. I'll probably have to let the whole thing soak. It was brilliant, nimble, sharp, hard, completely balls-out-nuts and pornographic (not really in the PORNporn way, but in the MONEYporn way--yeah, folks, listen to the book you won't understand till you listen to it).

If you put 'Money' together with Gaddis' JRand Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities and then sprinkle it all with the vibe and intensity and amorality of Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow you begin to
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Jillian Haas

The experience of reading Money was sad, pathetic, funny—though I hated to laugh—shallow and stupid, then, just as I slipped into a careless ignorance and began to judge it, wrongly, glimmers emerged of rare depth and perceptiveness of certain segments of humanity, and although those segments are not interesting unto themselves, the painting of them here was slick and masterful. I was close to despising the novel, what a waste of time, paper and ink, then, powerful prose set in and I was awed. D
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Rayroy
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m just going to come out and say it, John Self is the best character in literature written in the twentieth century; well to me he is anyway. The voice Martin Amis gives him is one of grit, lust, and obsession, a voice that’s true, real, hilariously comical and enlightening. I want to write a full review but I have a hangover from reading “Money”, so soon! I'm noting going to write full review.
Leo Robertson
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
If you're having girl problems Amis feels bad for you son,
this book is so shit I can't be bothered to rhyme Hit me!
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
When he was interviewed in London on July 10, 2002 Martin Amis was asked if he has any ideal reader in mind whenever he writes. Part of his answer was:

"...I think one shouldn't pussyfoot, and just say that you write the stuff that you would like to read. So you write for yourself, no doubt about that. But I do have a sort of romantic idea of someone in their twenties, of a certain bent, and when they pick up a book by me, they think--as I have done on several occasions--'Ah, here is one for me.
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João Carlos
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2014

Martin Amis (n. 1949)

O romance “Money/Dinheiro” escrito pelo britânico Martin Amis (n. 1949), foi originalmente publicado em 1984, decorre entre Nova Iorque e Londres – nos tempos dos motins de Brixton e o casamento real de Carlos, Príncipe de Gales e Lady Diana Spencer.
“Money/Dinheiro” começa com uma nota do escritor Martin Amis: “Este é um bilhete de suicídio. Quando o puserem de lado (e deverão sempre ler as coisas devagar, em busca de pistas ou indícios), John Self não existirá mais. Ou em t
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Scott
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It's clear to me why Martin Amis called this book Money. The next best alternative title - The Adventures of a Misogynistic, Money-Obsessed and Self-Loathing Lush with a wee bit of a Junk Food Problem - wouldn’t have fit on the front cover. Money is a pretty intense book. John Self, the main character and narrator, is a one-man whirlwind of drinking, smoking, woman-hitting and money-squandering.

I’ve read all this before, you’re thinking, casting your mind to Bukowski - but trust me you haven’t
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André
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
John Self é o herói de "Money". Um herói totalmente contrário àquele que é o conceito a que todos nós associamos a palavra. Não é um homem musculado cheio de virtudes que salva a donzela. Não é um aristocrata bem-educado e de pensamentos puros que luta pela por um ideal romântico. É, isso sim, um homem do vício: fast food, álcool, comprimidos, pornografia, violência e muito dinheiro. Tudo bem misturado numa amálgama de devassidão sem vergonha. Tendo em conta isto,
talvez não devesse aplicar o ter
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Alex
A great rambling hilarious explosion of stream-of-consciousness writing from one of the more execrable protagonists I've run across, Money is surprisingly effective. Surprising because there's a novel buried in all this postmodernism, with an actual plot and actual twists, so cleverly hidden that I didn't even see it coming until it showed its hand. And it's that plot that makes me like this book much better than ancestors like Tropic of Cancer that seem to disdain anything like it.
The distance
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Erik F.
This may have worked better as a novella or a short story; the book in its published form has a large skeleton but hardly enough meat to cover its bones (I was trying to think of a money-related metaphor to use here, but no — too contrived!). The protagonist and the sordid story he tells ultimately aren't interesting enough to sustain the book's length. Despite the abundance of clever, precise, or intriguingly off-kilter one-liners and descriptions (a few of them brilliant, actually), it's a nov ...more
Alanna
Jan 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humans
There's one line in here that is possibly the funniest sentence I've read, ever, and my thinking that sure makes me a lousy feminist, but if you've read "Money" and you have any sense of humor you know exactly of which line I speak... not as moving as "Time's Arrow" but with just as much to say about the twentieth century, this novel has helped to cement my admiration of Amis, his alleged conservatism notwithstanding. I'd like to play chess with him, even though I don't know how.

(Hi Schmoopy)
John
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow Wow Wow.

A Londoner in NYC.The cab bastard-driver in first few pages seized my mind. A story about making film.Amis said in the Preface:Money is a suicide note.

The jokes in the book really damn jokable.

The time passed when it was time to go.
Aleksandar Šegrt
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
nešto kao henri miler, samo savremenije i duhovitije. svako ko je u nekim periodima života preteravao sa neurodestruktivnim materijalima (dakle, svako normalan) valjaće se po tepihu od smeha.
p.s. bolje je čitati i nominovane za bukera nego laureate nobela, koji su uglavnom dobri za potpalu roštilja.
Erik
May 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Back in 2011, I saw this movie titled Martha Marcy May Marlene, about a young woman who recently escaped from a cult. It had a very high rotten tomato score (it’s at 90% right now), so I figured that it had to have at least some redeeming qualities. Instead, it became the only film that managed my lowest rating, a single star.

At the time I wrote, “See, art does not need to be happy. In fact, it rarely is. Alas, this has caused some people to mistake anything with despair, depression, and destitu
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Martin Amis is an English novelist, essayist and short story writer. His works include the novels Money, London Fields and The Information.

The Guardian writes that "all his critics have noted what Kingsley Amis [his father] complained of as a 'terrible compulsive vividness in his style... that constant demonstrating of his command of English'; and it's true that the Amis-ness of Amis will be recog
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“Oh Christ, the exhaustion of not knowing anything. It's so tiring and hard on the nerves. It really takes it out of you, not knowing anything. You're given comedy and miss all the jokes. Every hour you get weaker. Sometimes, as I sit alone in my flat in London and stare at the window, I think how dismal it is, how heavy, to watch the rain and not know why it falls.” 80 likes
“I gestured at my litre of fizzy red wine. “Want a drop of this?” I asked him.
No thanks. I try not to drink at lunchtime.”
So do I. But I never quite make it.”
I feel like shit all day if I drink at lunchtime.”
Me too. But I feel like shit all lunchtime if I don’t.”
Yes, well it all comes down to choices, doesn’t it?” he said. “It’s the same in the evenings. Do you want to feel good at night or do you want to feel good in the morning? It’s the same with life. Do you want to feel good young or do you want to feel good old? One or the other, not both.”
Isn’t it a tragedy?”
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