Success

by Martin Amis | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 0679734481 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Semming of Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi / Mellersta Finland Finland on 10/22/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Semming from Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi / Mellersta Finland Finland on Sunday, October 22, 2006
Back Cover:
"Terry is short, dumpy, and terminally lust-lorn. Greg is posh, handsome, and universally desired. In this deliriously funny pressure cooker of a novel, Martin Amis pens these mismatched foster brothers--one "a quivering condom of neurosis and ineptitude," the other a "bundle of contempt, vanity and stock-response"--in a single London flat, binds them with ties of class hatred, sexual rivalry, and disappointed love, and throws in a disloyal girlfriend and a spectacularly unstable sister to create a modern-day Jacobean revenge comedy that soars with malicious poetry."

Journal Entry 2 by Semming from Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi / Mellersta Finland Finland on Friday, June 15, 2007
I am taking this book with me to the "Tampere BC-kesäpäivät" national BC gathering at Tampere, 16.6. 2007.

Journal Entry 3 by CatharinaL from Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Saturday, June 16, 2007
From the Tampere all-Finland BC get-together :-)

Journal Entry 4 by CatharinaL from Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, August 5, 2007
From Publishers Weekly:

It bears his usual hallmarks: an irresistible narrative flow, writing that seems effortlessly to embrace extremes of tough verismo and delicate poetry, and a remorseless cynicism [--]. Amis's tale is of two foster brothers: Gregory, an aristocratic, self-deluded aesthete and sexual all-rounder, and his lower-class adopted sibling Terry, who is as physically uncouth as Gregory is gorgeous, but whose grim tenacity and realism enable him to prevail in the hideous social struggle that is Amis's vision of London in the '70s. This is not a book for the squeamish: there is misogynism and racism galore (shades of Amis père?), an obsessive attention to the messier bodily functions, a prevailing mood of apocalyptic hysteria and a number of comic asides that inspire winces more often than laughs.

The inevitable predictability—the novel being constructed as a series of month-by-month reports narrated first by Terry, then by Greg—does not in the least hinder its readability. What once again emerges is Martin Amis as a true master of the Unreliable Narrator. The themes of role-reversing and going tonto bear fleeting resemblances to McEwan (plus a host of other classic English masters), but then again, an unmistakable and unique voice is ever-present in the lush caricatures.

In Amis, however, the foremost delight is his verbal dexterousness. The language is socially and culturally revealing throughout and it makes this one gem of a read.

Love the clever and fitting cover design, aptly pinpointing 'mar/tin', 'am/is', and 'succ/ess'.

Recommendations.

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[05/12/07] Reserved for a special purpose :-)
[12/12/07] Yes. Wrapping this up for the parcel exchange at the Tampere BC'ers' pre-Xmas meeting tomorrow. HAPPY HOLIDAYS, RIEMUKASTA JOULUA!

Journal Entry 5 by VUF from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, December 13, 2007
I'll read the book later. Santa brought it to me in the middle of Siberia....(You all know that Siberia is in the middle of Tampere?)

Journal Entry 6 by VUF from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Hyvä kirja, kieli sujui. Mutta nyt vain on niin loaded olo itsellä, että tekisi mieli sanoa kirjan poikaparoille ynnä muille urbaaneille se, mikä ehkä pitäisi sanoa itselleen: "Go and get your head fixed!" Jotenkin sama fiilis jäi kuin kirjasta Vastaathan kirjeeseeni Miss Lonelyhearts. Että eksyä on helppo, mutta eksyksissä ei... Noista statusvaihtoehdoista en vielä osaa sanoa. Ehkä lykkään kirjan Margihille 'löydettäväksi' aikanaan.

It was easier in the stone age.

Journal Entry 7 by Margih from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Got this book from VUF sometime ago, forgot to journal it. Sorry. Will read this some day but first this one goes to the Mt. TBR :)

Journal Entry 8 by Margih at Hämpin parkkihalli in Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, November 5, 2020

Released 1 yr ago (11/5/2020 UTC) at Hämpin parkkihalli in Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

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