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Gierig (1984)

von Martin Amis

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Porn freak and jetsetter, John Self, is the shameless heir to a fast-food culture where money beats out an invitation to futile self-gratification. Out in New York, mingling with the mighty, Self is embroiled in the corruption, the brutality and the obscenity of the money conspiracy.
Kürzlich hinzugefügt vonprivate Bibliothek, BillieSchoeler, MariaFP2022, HelenSteadman, gergyverjux, PABR, BootsyWilliamson, ceandrews_151, EddieWillis, TheButcher27
NachlassbibliothekenDavid Robert Jones
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    Schlechte Neuigkeiten von Edward St. Aubyn (shaunie)
    shaunie: Both have a dissolute main character going to pieces in NYC! Amis's book has much more meat on its bones, although both are very well written.
  2. 01
    Wut von Salman Rushdie (vsnunez)
    vsnunez: Both are clever, well-written tales of modern life from a British point of view, but set largely in NYC
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When I bought Money I thought that it would be the tale of someone who work in the stock markets and that John Self would be the character that Patrick Bateman is in American Psycho. I always try to avoid reading too much into the details of a book before reading it. I find that ruins a lot of the storyline for me and in this case, not knowing much about it was a huge bonus.

Unlike a lot of people who have read this, I didnt find it hilarious but there is a lot of dark humor in the writing. The story is like the life of Self, very messy, jumping around and chaotic. There are gaps in the story which only come to life later because Self is often drunk and forgets things easily. This can make it a little sketchy in places but really adds to the character and the narration of the tale.

Given the underlying nature of the story it couldn't be more appropriate given the current state of affairs in Europe and America. Excess spending (of money that isnt really there) ties very well into this along with over eating, total consumerism and sexual irresponsibility. I also really liked the brand names that Amis uses, Self's car is a Fiasco in name and deeds for example.

I'm looking forward to reading some more by Amis now even though I didnt find the book to be a real page turner. I tend to read in many short burst and every time I finished a mini stint I found myself mulling over what I had read and wondering where everything was heading. It was a steady burner for me, keeping my interest engaged but not to the extent that I couldn't put it down. A decent read. ( )
  Brian. | Jun 14, 2021 |
I only heard of “Money” by Martin Amis from reading about the Dire Straits song, “Heavy Fuel”. Prior to that, I don’t think I’d ever even heard of Martin Amis.

Overall, I struggled to read this novel. I kept dozing off during it, the book falling out of my fingers as I fell asleep. But the plot and the main character kept me interested enough to pick it up again when I woke up, or the next day each time.

The story follows a fellow named John Self who directs TV commercials as he’s brought to New York City by a movie producer to direct his first feature film.

Self is a serious alcoholic, and an obnoxious drunk. He’s a terrible womanizer and treats almost everyone he’s around pretty poorly. All in all, Self is just a very unlikeable character.

He does get a little better in the latter third of the story, when the real work of making the film is going on and he drinks a lot less while in a relationship with a smarter, more stable woman. During that portion of the book I was able to read it for longer periods, too, without dozing off.

Most of the story takes place in New York City, with a little bit in London when he makes a few trips home. I’m glad I’ve read it now that I live in NYC because I know the geography. When Amis writes about Self going to bars on 42nd Street, I know where that is, when he walks to one on 28th Street, I know the geography. When he goes to the Upper West Side I can visualize it, as well as when he describes a bad tooth being on the “Upper West Side” of his mouth, I know just what part of his mouth he means…

Overall, I didn’t like the book much, but once in it I still wanted to get to the end. ( )
  KevinRubin | May 15, 2021 |
I probably should be giving this book 3 stars, but I found the main character so unlikable and therefore the book a bit tedious. But that was the *point*. It was set in London/NY in the 80's and discusses how money is everything/everything is money.

The main character is a struggling(?) film director with all the vices he can buy. I think reading page after page of self obsession & debauchery just grew old for me too quickly to properly enjoy the book, but I get why people love it. (sorta) ( )
1 abstimmen curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
an ebb and flow of contempt and sympathy. ..mostly contempt. ( )
  stravinsky | Dec 28, 2020 |
This book, written in 1984, is a book about the author's experience of writing a script for for Saturn 3 a British sci fi movie. Though Martin Amis is an extremely talented and witty writer, reading the garbage is like immersing self in a cess pool. The protagonist is John Self, a john is a toilet. This narrator has every type of addiction and is filled with swearing, profane language, racist, misogynist themes.

Why is this book on lists such as;
Time's All-Time 100 Novels selection
The Observer's 100 Greatest Novels of All Time (90)
Guardian 1000 (Comedy)
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006/2008/2010/2012 Edition)
The Modern Library: the 200 best novels in English since 1950 (1980s)
Orange Prize for Fiction's "50 Essential Reads by Contemporary Authors"
BookDepository's 100 Best Books Ever
The Observer's 100 Best Novels (93)
David Bowie's Top 100 (1984)

Rating 3.4 stars (achieved points because it is witty/legacy/achievement. Points lost for readability/cess pool experience. ( )
  Kristelh | Dec 6, 2020 |
"the best celebrity novel I know: the stars who demand and wheedle their way across his plot seem less like caricature and more like photorealism every year."
hinzugefügt von GYKM | bearbeitenTime, David Lipsky (Jul 5, 2010)
 

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Golüke, GuidoÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Malcolm, GraemeErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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This is a suicidal note. By the time you lay it aside (and you should always read these things slowly, on the lookout for clues or give-aways), John Self will no longer exist. Or at any rate that's the idea. You never can tell, though, with suicide notes, can you? In the planetary aggregate of all life, there are many more suicide notes than there are suicides. They're like poems in that respect, suicide notes: nearly everyone tries their hand at them some time, with or without the talent. We all write them in our heads. Usually the note is the thing. You complete it, and then resume your time travel. It is the note and not the life that is cancelled out. Or the other way round. Or death. You never can tell, though, can you, with suicide notes.

To whom is the note addressed? To Martina, to Fielding, to Vera, to Alec, to Selina, to Barry - to John Self? No. It is meant for you out there, the dear, the gentle. 

M.A.
London, September 1981
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As my cab pulled off FDR Drive, somewhere in the early Hundreds, a low-slung Tomahawk full of black guys came sharking out of lane and slopped in fast right across our bows.
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Porn freak and jetsetter, John Self, is the shameless heir to a fast-food culture where money beats out an invitation to futile self-gratification. Out in New York, mingling with the mighty, Self is embroiled in the corruption, the brutality and the obscenity of the money conspiracy.

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