In this case, though I enjoyed slowing down and savouring the language and the various torments visited on the central character.
The book fairly rattles along once you reach the middle, and I guess one gets a little better at enjoying Amis' virtuosity....Continua
Money is a humorous view of a world obsessed and run by, and for, monetary gain. John Self, the main character is always in hot pursuit of money, even when he has plenty. Amis' story shows the despicable nature of the rich and their selfish greed, and how it can turn against you, your friends against you, and yourself against you. However, the main character always seems to lead himself straight into bad choices, even when he knows the right path to take. His portrayal of John Self is one of a desperate, lonely man; and you find yourself thinking that money might not be the root of all evil, but the love of money is.
You sympathise with the main character, as he seems to be led into a world he can't control just because of who he is, and then Amis turns the table again and shows Self to be a thoughtless, horrible person again.
The author's inclusion in the novel is interesting, as it is never divulged whether it is the author himself, a fictional version of himself, or a description of possible events that inspired him to write the novel. For my part, I believe it is indeed him, and his inclusion is to draw the reader to the conclusion that two lifestyles and worlds can and do interact, and you're not as far from it as you would think....Continua