By Martin Amis
In Success Amis pens a mismatched pair of foster brothers--one "a quivering condom of neurosis and ineptitude," the opposite a "bundle of contempt, self-importance and stock-response"--in a unmarried London flat. He binds them with ties of sophistication hatred, sexual contention, and dissatisfied love, and throws in a disloyal female friend and a spectacularly volatile sister to create a modern day Jacobean revenge comedy that soars with malicious poetry.
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