Category Comedy

Finished: The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay

About: The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay Published: 1956 Publisher: NYRB (2003 reprint) Guardian 1000 Category: Comedy Source: Personal Library From Slate: Through its reissues of out-of-print or forgotten books, the New York Review of Books has been fueling the sense of discovery that remains one of the great pleasures of reading. Again and […]

‘Towers of Trebizond’ and the World in 1956

Everything I disliked about Martin Amis’s Money is thankfully absent from  Towers of Trebizond, I’m relieved to say. There are no drunkards, no porn-addicted slovenly men, no unfunny (to me) humor. Just goes to show you how much popular writing changed in the approximately 30 years separating the two books (1956 and 1984), not that […]

Is Martin Amis always this depressing?

“We all seem to make lots of money. Man, do we seem to be coining it here. Even the chicks live like kings. The car is free. The car is on the house. The house is on the mortgage. The mortgage is on the firm – without interest. The interesting thing is: how long can […]

Money by Martin Amis

Part of Martin Amis’s “London Trilogy,” along with the novel London Fields and The Information, Money was hailed as “a sprawling, fierce, vulgar display” (The New Republic) and “exhilarating, skillful, savvy” (The Times Literary Supplement) when it made its first appearance in the mid-1980s. Amis’s shocking, funny, and on-target portraits of life in the fast […]