Will Self has established himself as one of the most brilliant, daring, and inventive writers of his generation. The Los Angeles Times Book Review
says, “Self has already caused more of an electric ripple among readers than any British writer of his half-generation.” My Idea of Fun
is Will Self’s highly acclaimed first novel, “blackly comic, comically erudite and perversely bloody” (The Boston Globe).
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 simply the Fat Controller.
Loudmouthed, impeccably tailored, and a fount of bombastic erudition, the Fat Controller initiates Ian into the dark secrets of his artsof marketing, money, and the human psycheand takes Ian, and the reader, on a wild voyage around the edges of reality. As we careen into the twenty-first century, Self perfectly captures the zeitgeist of our times: money is the only common language; consumerism, violence, and psychosis (drug-induced and otherwise) prevail; and the human soul has become the ultimate product.