A Suicide Note

Book - 1986
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Penguin Putnam
One of Time’s 100 best novels in the English language—by the acclaimed author of Lionel Asbo: State of England and London Fields

Part of Martin Amis’s “London Trilogy,” along with the novel London Fields and The Information, Money was hailed as "a sprawling, fierce, vulgar display" (The New Republic) and "exhilarating, skillful, savvy" (The Times Literary Supplement) when it made its first appearance in the mid-1980s. Amis’s shocking, funny, and on-target portraits of life in the fast lane form a bold and frightening portrait of Ronald Reagan’s America and Margaret Thatcher’s England.

             Money is the hilarious story of John Self, one of London’s top commercial directors, who is given the opportunity to make his first feature film—alternately titled Good Money and Bad Money. He is also living money, talking money, and spending money in his relentless pursuit of pleasure and success. As he attempts to navigate his hedonistic world of drinking, sex, drugs, and excessive quantities of fast food, Self is sucked into a wretched spiral of degeneracy that is increasingly difficult to surface from.

Baker & Taylor
While simultaneously shooting his first feature film in New York and living a decadent lifestyle, John Self, one of London's top commercial directors, discovers how distasteful the pursuit of pleasure can be.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1986
ISBN: 9780143116950
Branch Call Number: Fiction Amis
Characteristics: 363 p. ; 20 cm


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Nov 09, 2013

While fighting, you really want to make it exquisitely clear to your opponent that he is doing the losing.

Nov 09, 2013

“Yeah,” I said, and started smoking another cigarette. Unless I specifically inform you otherwise, I’m always smoking another cigarette.

Nov 09, 2013

Refreshed by a brief blackout, I got to my feet and went next door.

Nov 09, 2013

Yesterday afternoon I fell over in the bath and broke a pint of scotch. Later, I had a hooker in off the street. Nothing happened. She couldn’t have been nicer. Do you know why? Because she thought I might be going to murder her, that’s why. This morning, as I finally aborted a catastrophic, neck-searing handjob, the telephone rang. It was Cleopatra magazine, asking me to be Bachelor of the Month. Success has not changed me. I’m what I always was.


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Dec 06, 2013

For me, this is *the* classic novel of the decadent 1980s, as well as a technically brilliant piece on the unreliable narrator and a fine example of a most unlikeable main character who compels a fascinating plot.

Nov 09, 2013

As my English high school teacher once said, and I tried to apply to Catch-22: you can become literature if you are good enough or funny enough (or both, I suppose). Money: A Suicide Note is funny enough. It’s freaking hilarious, actually. But it’s not amazing. It takes way too long to get to the end, just like the main character, and is really much more more about drinking than money. Alcoholism: A Suicide Note definitely fits. But it’s 30 years old and barely shows its age – now that’s star power that the celebrities in this book would kill for.


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