Ian Wharton is a rather sad, lonely boy, growing up in a small town in Sussex, dominated by his over-sexual mother. He becomes the familiar of Samuel Northcliffe, a ridiculously obese caravan dweller and neighbour who intimidates and enchants Ian into a Faustian pact.
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The story of a devilishly clever international financier/marketing wizard and his young apprentice, My Idea of Fun is both a frighteningly dark subterranean exploration of capitalism run rampant and a wickedly sharp, technically acute display of linguistic pyrotechnics that glows with pure white-hot brilliance.
Ian Wharton is a very ordinary young man until he is taken under the wing of a gentleman known variously as Mr. Broadhurst, Samuel Northcliff, and finally and conclusively simply as the Fat Controller, Loud-mouthed, impeccably tailored, a fount of bombastic erudition, the Fat Controller initiates Ian into the dark secrets of his arts -- of marketing, money, and the human psyche -- and takes Ian, and the reader, on a wild voyage around the edges of reality.
Blackly comic, comically erudite and perversely bloody." -- Boston Globe
"Dazzling.... An unforgettably soul.... Self leaves little doubt that we are in the presence of a gifted and courageous mind." -- Miami Herald
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Book Description 1994-06-10., 1994. Book Condition: New. Penguin Books Ltd. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 320pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1747877