Martin Amis's prison of Money
State of England
by Martin Amis
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CRUELLY LUCID, VIRTUOSIC in weighing morality with a composed sneer, Martin Amis’s fifth novel, Money: A Suicide Note (1984), stands as the first full expression of his art. His latest book, Lionel Asbo, which will be published this August, reads as Money’s thematic sequel. A portrait of an underclass thug who wins the lottery, Asbo amplifies the earlier novel’s hyperbolic farce. Amis published Money as a London resident exploring both British blight and American seediness as exemplified by the old Times Square. He publishes the new book, subtitled State of England, after settling his family in Brooklyn, encouraging us to imagine the gesture as a kiss-off to the Queen, just in time for her Diamond Jubilee. The two books make a twin set of volumes about lucre and filth.
Both books’ nonheroes are Brits with prole
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