My Idea of Fun

My Idea of Fun

by Will Self, John Arden

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Will Self has established himself as one of the most brilliant, daring, and inventive writers of his generation. My Idea of Fun is Will Self’s highly acclaimed first novel. The story of a devilishly clever international financier/marketing wizard and his young apprentice, My Idea of Fun is both a frighteningly dark subterranean exploration of capitalism run rampant and a wickedly sharp, technically acute display of linguistic pyrotechnics that glows with pure white-hot brilliance. Ian Wharton is a very ordinary young man until he is taken under the wing of a gentleman known variously as Mr. Broadhurst, Samuel Northcliff, and finally and simply the Fat Controller. Loudmouthed, impeccably tailored, and a fount of bombastic erudition, the Fat Controller initiates Ian into the dark secrets of his arts — of marketing, money, and the human psyche — and takes Ian, and the reader, on a wild voyage around the edges of reality. As we careen into the twenty-first century, Self perfectly captures the zeitgeist of our times: money is the only common language; consumerism, violence, and psychosis (drug-induced and otherwise) prevail; and the human soul has become the ultimate product.

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ISBN-13: 9780802142139
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/10/2005
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 309
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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My Idea of Fun 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the strangest books I've read in quite some time. Sometimes I couldn't put it down, at other times I got so sick of reaching for a dictionary that I didn't want to finish it. The story was engaging, but left me feeling that the glass is half empty. Not bad, but not great.
fuzzydeadthing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not for the faint of heart. A convoluted story whose merit lies in the skill of the author's ability to style memorable bits of prose. I read the whole thing from front cover to back, and still am not sure what was really going on. And there are some extremely disgusting elements. But some of the paragraphs are truly priceless.Here is one such tidbit, which is located towards the beginning of the book:¿Coffee succeeded crème brulée. We moved from the dinner table to the sitting room. The talk was of people, mutual friends who were conveniently not present. Their stock rose and fell on the conversational Nikkei with incredible speed. Someone would say of X, `Oh I think he¿s idiotic, there¿s no point to him at all-¿ and then someone else would chime in with an anecdote confirming this. Before long almost everyone present would be vying with one another to come up with examples of X¿s awfulness. Within five minutes it became clear that absolutely nothing could redeem X short of the second coming. He was venal, he was dishonest, he was gauche, he was pretentious, he was snobbish and yet . . . and yet . . . Just when X was hammered flat and ready for disposal, the tide turned. Someone said, `The thing about X is that he¿ll always help you out if you¿re in a real jam, he¿s loyal in that way.¿ The emotional traders swung around to face their dealing screens once more. With X so low he was worth investing in again. Before long his stock was being snapped up by all and sundry. X was now witty, unassuming, possessed of a transcendent sensibility¿¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago