Money

Money

A Suicide Note

Book - 2005
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This is the story of John Self, consumer extraordinaire. Rolling around New York and London, he makes deals, spends wildly and does reckless movie-world business, all the while grabbing everything he can to sate his massive appetites: alcohol, tobacco, pills, pornography, a mountain of junk food and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, this is a tale of life lived without restraint; of money, the terrible things it can do and the disasters it can precipitate.
Publisher: London :, Vintage Books,, 2005
ISBN: 9780099461883
Branch Call Number: F AMI
Characteristics: 394 pages ; 20 cm

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lisahiggs
Nov 09, 2013

While fighting, you really want to make it exquisitely clear to your opponent that he is doing the losing.

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lisahiggs
Nov 09, 2013

“Yeah,” I said, and started smoking another cigarette. Unless I specifically inform you otherwise, I’m always smoking another cigarette.

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lisahiggs
Nov 09, 2013

Refreshed by a brief blackout, I got to my feet and went next door.

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lisahiggs
Nov 09, 2013

Yesterday afternoon I fell over in the bath and broke a pint of scotch. Later, I had a hooker in off the street. Nothing happened. She couldn’t have been nicer. Do you know why? Because she thought I might be going to murder her, that’s why. This morning, as I finally aborted a catastrophic, neck-searing handjob, the telephone rang. It was Cleopatra magazine, asking me to be Bachelor of the Month. Success has not changed me. I’m what I always was.

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stephaniedchase
Dec 06, 2013

For me, this is *the* classic novel of the decadent 1980s, as well as a technically brilliant piece on the unreliable narrator and a fine example of a most unlikeable main character who compels a fascinating plot.

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lisahiggs
Nov 09, 2013

As my English high school teacher once said, and I tried to apply to Catch-22: you can become literature if you are good enough or funny enough (or both, I suppose). Money: A Suicide Note is funny enough. It’s freaking hilarious, actually. But it’s not amazing. It takes way too long to get to the end, just like the main character, and is really much more more about drinking than money. Alcoholism: A Suicide Note definitely fits. But it’s 30 years old and barely shows its age – now that’s star power that the celebrities in this book would kill for.

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