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  • ISBN 0517566494
  • ISBN13 978-0517566497
  • Language English
  • Author Martin Amis
  • Publisher Harmony Books; 1st edition (January 13, 1989)
  • Pages 224
  • Formats mobi txt doc lit
  • Category Fiction
  • Size ePub 1292 kb
  • Size Fb2 1567 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 828

In Success Amis pens a mismatched pair of 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. He 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Martin Amis is the bestselling author of several books, including London Fields, Money, The Information, and Experience. Success, Martin Amis. p. cm. eISBN: 978-0-307-77780-5.

Martin Amis is the bestselling author of several books, including London Fields, Money, The Information, and Experience.

Success is Martin Amis' third novel, published in 1978 by Jonathan Cape. Success is Amis' first statement of the doppelganger theme that would also preoccupy the novels Money, London Fields, and, especially, 1995's The Information.

I absolutely love Martin Amis, been a fan since I read Lionel Asbo, the only Martin Amis book I didn't like was Night Train, a couple of books later, it's good to see he hasn't disappointed

I absolutely love Martin Amis, been a fan since I read Lionel Asbo, the only Martin Amis book I didn't like was Night Train, a couple of books later, it's good to see he hasn't disappointed. Incest, and yob-phobia + class pretentiousness are a bit hard to swallow, but Martin is a skilled writer.

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1) "Terry speaking," I said. I'm afraid Gregory isn't here, Miranda. Gregory was in fact sitting next door. It's so tiring when everyone demands you fuck their amber jewel. No one wants to fuck me any more. Not even the dwarf with big ears. Greg is my foster brother. He's six-foot-one, elegantly handsome with brilliant white teeth and a bit queer; I'm an ugly, five-foot-nothing ginger

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Depressed? Read this novel on a good day.

Three siblings, a brother, sister and adopted brother, are all victims of various forms of abuse in their childhoods. The brothers leave home as young adults to live in a London house their parents own that time has turned into a dump. Neither has been able to plan for a career, perhaps distracted by their crippling family life or the inability to plan ahead. Thinking (or not) that inheritance will come their way, the brothers take jobs that compromise their already shaky morals.

Meanwhile, their unstable father continues to drain the family wealth by indulging in extravagant landscaping on the family estate outside London, despite protests from his usually disinterested wife.

When the sister can no longer tolerate living with her parents, she moves into a closet in her brothers' already cramped quarters in London. Her presence escalates an unhealthy competition between the brothers, and a perfect deranged storm erupts.
In "Success", Martin Amis explores the lives of two foster brothers, giving voice to each over a January through December period in the 1980s. In the beginning, Gregory is a narcissistic and selfish aristocrat, a monster of a man but funny. Meanwhile, Terrence is a self-loathing and weak yob, a pathetic man who is funny in his futility. Then, these mirror image brothers brilliantly and persuasively assume each other's perspective, as Amis, over the 12 months of his narrative, probes beneath the face each brother presents to the world. As is usual with Martin Amis novels, "Success" is funny, bawdy, and entertaining, as well as weird. Like "The Information" and "Money", it is also brilliantly constructed and fully achieved. Hooray for Martin!
Well, Amis, your vehicle always takes me for a red knuckle ride. Your prose humbles a reader. Word choice is art, sentence structure is minimalist architecture. This book is a lesson in character development as plot. Yes, by god, it can work to use significant parts of sentences from an unread chapter in order to cue the vignette, and it does work that the character invents an intimate voice meant only for the reader, the me/you intimacy, to propel empathy and approval and guilt. The backstory is no match for the commentary of Greg and Terry in their stream-of-consciousness reality. I fact, we can do without the back story and never ask why these 3 characters with their stereotypical dark pasts are in such reeking hell right now. Dante wed to Poe--not a stretch--as the barren family House tumbles into the tarn of insanity and unfulfilled expectations. And the take away may be that, in the end, we get what we deserve. introducing me to Ursula and giving her no voice broke a trust. How could you, Amis?
Mental illness, British humor, the folly of money and the hopelessness of the lack of it. One brother and another on different trajectories.
Vintage Amis, which is to say it's funny-horrifying-chaotic, full of shimmering imagery and, by the final page, somewhat hollow of meaning or true insight. It is a fun ride, however, and Amis' thorny prose makes it worth the time.
...Success, The Rachel Papers, and The Information. I tell you this so that you may choose these and read them yourself. Once you've read them you can read Kinglsey Amis as well. Then, you will live happily ever after...
The book is from 1978 and gives a very concise, sharp and funny picture of the decade. The publisher's decision to reprint the book is more than justified.
Success chronicles a year in the life of Terry Service and Gregory Riding, twenty-something foster brothers who room together and hate each other with a passion. It's not hard to see why, as they are both unlikeable in their polar-opposite ways. Terry is an unattractive, unsuccessful slob, who hasn't had sex in months and is in a job in which he hates and may be fired from soon in any event. Gregory is a rich (his parents adopted Terry after Terry watched his father kill his sister), oversexed, cruel, and lazy aesthete.

What's interesting about this book other than the cruel things Greg does to Terry, the predictable role reversal after Terry cozies up to a union leader, and the mentally ill sister, are the unreliable narrators. The book is broken out into twelve sections--one for each month--and each character gets their shot at telling the reader their side of things. However very early on we realize that at least one of them is lying to us. This combined with all the crazy things that these characters do make this a deeply psychological novel, one that is at times comic and at other times cringe worthy.

Success is one of Amis's earliest novels, yet his unmistakable and biting prose is already evident. His prose is so good that it's a draw on its own. Still, his writing is not for everyone. It's loaded with misogyny, racism, and other disgusting scenes. I think this will be either the main draw or turn off for most American readers. More thoughtful readers might realize where Amis is coming from being English, and all that class-consciousness baggage that comes with it. Without this context, I think most readers will find the book mildly entertaining, but ultimately pointless. I found myself somewhere in the middle. I got the class context, but still found it somewhat wanting, found the characters to be caricatures and thus almost useless from a psychological standpoint. (Perhaps I only saw them as caricatures because I'm American.) I enjoyed the book, but not to anywhere near the same level as with other Amis works, like The Information or London Fields.

Success is a deep work. For a reader who wants to dive deep into the dark crevices of the human mind, you could find worse authors to guide you than Amis. For a reader who wants entertainment, there's enough to laugh at or be revolted by to do that. It isn't Amis' best, but it's good enough.