Christie Malry's Own Double-entry

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Pan Macmillan, 2001 - Accountants - 180 pages
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Christie Malry is a simple person. Born into a family without money, he realised early along in the game that the best way to come by money was to place himself next to it. So he took a job as a very junior bank clerk in a very stuffy bank. It was at the bank that Christie discocered the principles of double-entry bookkeeping, from which he evolved his Great Idea. For every offence Christy henceforth received at the hands of a society with which he was clearly out of step, a debit must be noted; after which, society would have to be paid back appropriately, so that the paper credit would accrue to Christy's account. Now made into a film starring Nick Moran of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels fame. Acerbic yet funny, this is a novel which, even as it provokes laughter, will alarm and disturb as well. 'A most gifted writer' Samuel Beckett 'The future of the novel depends on people like B.S. Johnson' Anthony Burgess 'Mr. Johnson has undoubtedly written a masterpiece' Auberon Waugh 'Delightful to read, highly amusing, and clever' Daily Telegraph

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User Review  - JimElkins - LibraryThing

This is a hard novel to assess, for two unrelated reasons. First, it may be the best of the 1970s style postmodern narratives in which the author continuously reminds the reader that it’s only a ... Read full review

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User Review  - slickdpdx - LibraryThing

This spiteful slip of a novel is full of sharp writing, clever ideas, and literary tricks, but it is hard to read without considering Johnson's own reckoning, soon after it was written. In that shadow, Johnson is a bitter wizard working dis-illusions. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

B. S. Johnson (1933-1973), an admirer of Joyce and Beckett, was a novelist whose works combine verbal inventiveness with typographical innovations. His works include Albert Angelo (1964), Trawl (1966), The Unfortunates (1969), House Mother Normal (1971) and Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry (1973).

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