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 competition, and disenchanted love, and throws in a disloyal female friend and a spectacularly risky sister to create a modern day Jacobean revenge comedy that soars with malicious poetry.
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Not long after Morgan's birth, his father's health began to break down; he developed a chronic cough and was constantly catching colds. Aunt Monie seems to have recognized the symptoms as consumption, the family disease, and she insisted on proper medical attention. However Lily, who came from a robust family, was too inexperienced to take alarm. Moreover, as family friends were quick to point out, she had no notion how to nurse an invalid. Henrietta Litchfield (the celebrated 'Aunt Etta' of Gwen Raverat's Period IO A Birth and a Death Piece) sighed to her friend and neighbour Laura Forster on the subject: It must be a gt relief to know that Ed.
Is put to bed in the nursery, well covered, and has a cup of water and box of biscuits by his side. M. says he would much rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave ... I do wish you could have seen his excitement yesterday when your box was opened and when the wool was taken off the face. He flew with it to show the maids and it has never been out of his hands since except when he was in bed and then it was on sofa near with poor haggard Sailor Dollar. ' Sailor Duncan had a good dinner of potatoes, water and suet pudding; wanted it after his 'miserable journey'.
Had S. Duncan stuck under his arm, which a good deal interfered with his play. At last he said so gravely 'I am having such a miserable time with this doll. ' . . I washed my hair yesterday afternoon. D. and Morgan would look on. I left my hair down and told M. I was 15 and not his mother at all. ' At last he got quite nervous about it and said 'Now do come out of joking - let me look at you. ' As this last passage hints, a love-affair sprang up between Morgan and his mother at this time. He wanted it to last for ever and became fearful at any threat of alteration.