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Success - Martin Amis

Paperback Published: 3rd June 2004
ISBN: 9780099461852
Number Of Pages: 224

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Beneath the surface brilliance of a story that is both moving and hilarious, lies a serious exploration
of contemporary life and morality.

Gregory Riding and Terry Service, foster brothers who loathe each other, are the central characters in Martin Amis's pungent novel, originally published in 1978. For Gregory, London is a gilded galaxy, an endless whirl of smart parties, tony art galleries, and easy sexual conquests. Terry's life is altogether more squalid, marred by a history of nagging sexual failures and missed opportunities. Inexplicably, success suddenly smiles on Terry as Gregory plunges to subterranean depths. But it is Gregory's story that most engages the reader's sympathy.

In this unusual novel, Amis provides a verbal feast for connoisseurs of fine writing; the prose is at times dazzling. But beneath the surface brilliance lies a serious exploration of contemporary life and morals.

"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

ISBN: 9780099461852
ISBN-10: 0099461854
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 3rd June 2004
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1

Martin Amis

About the Author

Martin Amis is an English novelist, essayist and short story writer, the son of writer Kingsley Amis. His works include such novels as London Fields (1989) and The Information (1995). Amis's raw material is what he sees as the absurdity of the postmodern condition with its grotesque caricatures. He has thus sometimes been portrayed as the undisputed master of what the New York Times has called "the new unpleasantness."

The Guardian writes that "all his critics have noted what Kingsley Amis complained of as a 'terrible compulsive vividness in his style ... that constant demonstrating of his command of English'; and it's true that the Amis-ness of Amis will be recognisable in any piece before he reaches his first full stop."

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