Money (1984) is a satirical snapshot of the consumerist culture that permeated the 1980s told through the eyes of John Self - a man obsessed with money, sex, fighting, and alcohol. The novel follows Self as he gropes through the world, desperately fixated on wealth and dragging himself into a better life. His struggle, and eventual downfall, is frequently grotesque, at times funny, and often searingly poignant.
Full of literary allusions, the novel’s prose is sumptuous and, whilst the subject matter is at times grim, the quality of writing makes reading this novel an absolute joy. Self’s narration is schizophrenic and representative of a mind stupefied by commodity culture, a mind intent on personal gratification without concern for the wider community.
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