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Success by [Amis, Martin]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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"Beautifully constructed to make a coherent, powerful and still fairly unusual statement about changing English society" (Evening Standard)

"An instantly recognizable voice, penetrating, loquacious, slightly hysterical, upsetting, rising above the basso pseudo-profundo babble of his competitors like filed fingernails scraping down glass - Martin Amis is a dazzling phrasemaker" (Sunday Times)

"Amis pulls off his literary feat with panache" (James Buchan Spectator)

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'A terrifying, painfully funny Swiftian exercise in moral disgust' Observer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (23 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKMUYE
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I suspect that this novel was the inspiration for Brett Easton Ellis's American Psycho and the sneering rat in the movie Naked.
The fantasy-driven fop being the blueprint for Patrick Bateman.
The work is as ever a metaphor for Amis's thesis that money has replaced class as the way we view success in Britain today.
Money is what we want: high class, as our ambition, has been consigned to the bin.
This is a dark, pessimistic novel. I found the details of the killing of the seven-year old girl very disturbing.
The anal rape of a young women was also deeply unpleasant.
Because Amis is such a genius the above events are more poignant.
It took me a few days to shake off the despair invoked particularly of a young girl being brutally killed.
I doubt Amis realises how deeply his words can effect his readers.
Overall however, despite the darkness, it is beautifully written.
Amis is a master of his trade.
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I read Money years ago which I loved and re-read again recently. After that I thought I'd try another Martin Amis book and chose Success. For me its even better than Money. Its a great story and so well written I couldn't put it down. Unfortunately at about 224 pages its quite short I didnt want it to end so soon. Highly recommended,
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What a terrible story, what dreadful Iived he describes. Awful people. Cannot imagine how he came to decide to write such a hopeless,dreary narrative.....
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I'm not an unswerving Amis fan - there are definitely longeurs in many of his longer novels and his use of repetition and stereotyping sometimes fall flat i.m.h.o.- but this is an amazingly tight, verbally dextrous masterpiece. Neither Gregory or Terry's voices are meant to be taken 100% literally, or as giving the direct views of Martin Amis - we're inside their minds, with all the misconceptions, prejudices and self-delusions they're burdened with. The differences between what these two unreliable narrators report about events, places and conversations are pointed and revealing, and while for much of the book we see them as grotesques, this is in fact how they view themselves, the reports of their own inner voices, and they are not static characters but evolve throughout. What I love about this work, apart from Amis's dazzling powers of originality in language, and Gregory's masterclass in snobbery, is that by the (hugely poignant) ending the reader's sympathies and expectations have been completely and expertly warped round. Anyone looking for a comforting, intellectually bankrupt, politically correct read that's chewing gum for the mind need not pick this up - but if you want to cackle out loud and be challenged and amazed by a master of language then get stuck in at once.
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Success contains some of the best writing I have ever seen. When I first read it I was immediately launched onto a ten-year Amis Only project, during which I killed time before the next Amis novel by re-reading all his others. You can imagine what that was like when there were only three of them. Yes, I know them all by heart.
Success is a bit dated now, marked by the casual racism and sexism of the 1970s: people just wouldn't say some of the things the characters say, these days. It is abundantly clear that Amis is not approving of these views, by the way. He is singling them out for particular contempt. But that will not stop some readers calling him out for racism and sexism.
It is a kind novel, even a loving one. The satireformatted to the teeth and unforgiving, but ultimately it calls for a compassionate response in the reader. It is also one of the funniest books I have ever read.
I wish he would return to this form and stop trying to be Hitch or his dad all the time. He is a better poet than either.
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Damn... I wanted to hate this, I really did, but it's brilliant. Having said that I never believed in the Bayswater flat set-up for an instant; two uneducated characters (one even wishes he'd "studied more") routinely come out with unlikely phrases such as "an opulent Brobdingnag" and "Fieldingesque parentage mystery"; and the disgust with human effluvia (a word used powerfully here) is nauseating on occasion. But as a fable of lower middle-class England supplanting increasingly 'tonto' old money, and the empowered violence the new social disorder brings in its wake (Terry kicking the daylights out of a destitute hippy for £10, for example) it's great and ahead of its time. I'm also curious about the 'To Philip' dedication. Hopefully this is Philip Larkin, a pal of MA's dad Kingsley and one of the all-time great English poets, up there with Spenser, Marvell, Wordsworth, Auden and the rest. The constant references to f****ed up; "this seasoned trick the world has of seeming to start all over again" and more suggest that it is. A worthy reference point in a nifty little novel.
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This is one of the funniest and most heartbreaking novels I've ever read. I've read it three times. I've read all of Amis' work, and while I realize that Money, London Fields, and Time's Arrow are his Big/Major Books, I return to Success every few years simply to enjoy the riotous, vicious, and super-controlled language.
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