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Next Up: Money

By Robert Bruce @robertbruce76

You know, I’ve read several novels during this adventure that have made me feel like showering afterwards.

There’s Lolita, Portnoy’s Complaint, Dog Soldiers and Deliverance. And I still have novels like Naked Lunch and Tropic of Cancer left to read.

It’s just the burden I bear for 101 Books. So it’s not surprising that another shower-inducing novel has come my way. This one is Money: A Suicide Note by Martin Amis.

I don’t know much about this one, except that it’s a pretty dirty read. Hooray.

Wish me luck.

Here are some quick facts about Money and its author, Martin Amis.

  • The novel was published in 1984.
  • Money is based on Martin Amis’s experience as the scriptwriter for the film Saturn 3.
  • The character, Lorne Guyland, was based on Kirk Douglas, who in turn starred in the eventual film version of Money. Art imitating life imitating art?
  • Money was adapted into a television series for the BBC in 2010. The adaptation was broken up into two parts.
  • In 2008, The Times named Amis as one of the 50 most influential British writers since 1945.
  • Amis’s two best-known novels are Money and London Fields. He’s also written more than a dozen other novels, countless short stories, one screenplay, and several pieces of nonfiction.
  • Amis, 64, moved from London to Brooklyn in 2012.

The good thing Money has going is that it’s satire, and you guys know I love satire.

More about Money and Martin Amis in the coming days.

Have you read it? Any thoughts?

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