#TuesdayBookBlog #bookreview for Money by Martin Amis #literary

 

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I have had Money on my to-be-read list for a long time. I started it back in the winter but then stopped, not wanting to read such excellent writing in dribs and drabs. Instead I saved it for my holiday so I could fully luxuriate in the words and savour the read.

The story is told by John Self and, as we are told in the blurb, ‘this is a tale of life lived without restraint.’ It is also a suicide note, which is an interesting start.

Set in the eighties Self tells of his life of indulgence as he jets between London and New York doing film business with his moneyman and friend, Fielding Goodney. Self has a voracious appetite for booze, cigarettes, pills, pornography and junk food. But, as he lives his life of excess, consuming vast quantities of all of these he doesn’t pay close enough attention to the stuff that matters and it is this that leads eventually to his undoing.

Then there are the women, and I thought Self showed just how lacking in confidence he was as he tried to hang on to Selina. He’s bemused by Martina who gave him books to read and then there is Georgina, who I couldn’t help feeling more than a little sorry for given the way Self speaks about the future of their relationship.

John Self is not a nice person but he is a highly entertaining character and this book is darkly comedic which had me laughing out loud in places. The writing is sharply observational, witty and clever, though be warned if you are of a sensitive nature as it is offensive in places, although the racism and sexism it contains is not unusual for the period in which it is set.

Not necessarily an easy read (but who wants those all the time) this is one that I know I will get more from when I reread it, which I’ll definitely be doing along with choosing more of this author’s work in the future. Brilliant!

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About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon. Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre. Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her passion for people watching and her overactive imagination! Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage.
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