Christie Malry's Own Double-entry
With an introduction by John Lanchester
In his heyday, during the 1960s and early 1970s, B. S. Johnson was one of the best-known novelists in Britain. A passionate advocate for the avant-garde, he became famous for his forthright views on the future of the novel and for his unique ways of putting them into practice. Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry, the last novel to be published in his lifetime, is his funniest.
Christie Malry is a simple man. As a young accounts clerk at a confectionery factory in London he learns the principles of Double-Entry Bookkeeping. Frustrated by the petty injustices that beset his life – particularly those caused by the behaviour of authority figures – he determines a unique way to settle his grievances: a system of moral double-entry bookkeeping. So, for every offence society commits against him, Christie exacts recompense. ‘Every Debit must have its Credit, the First Golden Rule’ of the system. All accounts are to be settled, and they are – in the most alarming way.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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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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