Books: One More Fat Englishman Money: a Suicide Note

by Martin Amis; Viking; 372 pages; $16.95

The last time Martin Amis caused literary ripples on this side of the Atlantic, he was the offended party in a plagiarism scandal. That was in 1980 when a young American writer named Jacob Epstein confessed that he had not sufficiently "originalized" whole passages from Amis' first novel, The Rachel Papers, before incorporating them into his own fictional debut, Wild Oats. Now the son of British Novelist Kingsley Amis (Lucky Jim, One Fat Englishman) is back with a splash. Money: A Suicide Note is one of those infrequent novels that should divide readers into admirers and detractors, with little room for...

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