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The experimental British novelist actually manages to make accounting and mass murder absolutely hilarious in this story of a young man who decides to apply the principles of double-entry bookkeeping to his private life. Each chapter actually ends with the reproduction of an accounting ledger notating the credits and debits of the protagonists' professional and private lives. Wild subjectivity ensues.
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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 discovered the principles of double-entry book keeping, 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.

Synopsis:

A disaffected young man, Christie Malry, is a simple man who learns the principles of double-entry book-keeping while taking an evening class in accountancy and working in the local bank. He begins to apply these principles to his own life, revenging himself against society in an increasingly violent manner for perceived 'debits'. Debit: the unpleasantness of the bank manager is the first on an ever-growing list; Credit: scratching the façade of the office block. All accounts are settled in the most alarming way.

About the Author

B. S. Johnson (Bryan Stanley Johnson) (1933-1973) was an English experimental novelist, poet, literary critic and filmmaker. He was born into a working-class family, was evacuated from London during World War II, and left school at sixteen to work as an accountant. However, he taught himself Latin in the evenings, and with this knowledge, managed to pass the university exam for King's College London. After he graduated Johnson wrote a series of increasingly experimental and often acutely personal novels. A critically acclaimed film adaptation of the last of the novels published while he was alive, Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry was released in 2000. Increasingly depressed by his failure to succeed commercially, and beset by family problems, Johnson committed suicide.

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slickpdx, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by slickpdx)
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.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811209540
Author:
Johnson, B. S.
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Author:
B. S. Johnson,
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.6 in 0.445 lb

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The experimental British novelist actually manages to make accounting and mass murder absolutely hilarious in this story of a young man who decides to apply the principles of double-entry bookkeeping to his private life. Each chapter actually ends with the reproduction of an accounting ledger notating the credits and debits of the protagonists' professional and private lives. Wild subjectivity ensues.

"Synopsis" by , A disaffected young man, Christie Malry, is a simple man who learns the principles of double-entry book-keeping while taking an evening class in accountancy and working in the local bank. He begins to apply these principles to his own life, revenging himself against society in an increasingly violent manner for perceived 'debits'. Debit: the unpleasantness of the bank manager is the first on an ever-growing list; Credit: scratching the façade of the office block. All accounts are settled in the most alarming way.
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