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The Privileges

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Small masterpiece

Jonathan Dee's The Privileges is the story of a couple who dedicate themselves to each other and only each other. They are glorious and beautifully immoral, and yet they don't go off on a killing spree or anything remotely debauched, they just make money, lots of it. Wh...
Jonathan Dee's The Privileges is the story of a couple who dedicate themselves to each other and only each other. They are glorious and beautifully immoral, and yet they don't go off on a killing spree or anything remotely debauched, they just make money, lots of it. Which somehow makes their story so uniquely American, the fact that Adam and Cynthia Morey move effortlessly through life, refusing to ever review or regret their past, convinced that if they are getting away with it, then they aren't doing anything wrong. The reader can't help but read on, waiting for their carefully constructed life to fall apart, torn between wanted them to succeed and wanting them to reap their just rewards.

posted by SiobhanMFallon on May 6, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Young Rich New Yorkers

Yes they're young and rich, but how did they get there? This is one couples story from wedding day to mid-life. It has a probably accurate (how would i know?) view of over-induldged young adults (the couples'c children) as they come to realize that they have quite t...
Yes they're young and rich, but how did they get there? This is one couples story from wedding day to mid-life. It has a probably accurate (how would i know?) view of over-induldged young adults (the couples'c children) as they come to realize that they have quite the life. Well written and food for thought about people with more money than most of us..

posted by KrisOD on May 14, 2010

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    I really liked this book. It was written with a subtle humor and although the telling of the tale began to slow about 2/3rd of the way through, it was only a brief segment and it quickly picked up and gained momentum as it raced toward its conclusion

    This story began with a young, upwardly mobile couple as they prepare for their marriage. Their wedding day is scrutinized. You can feel their youthful exuberance. They are a charmed couple and believe they can make the rules, defying authority, laughing at the system. Whether or not they grow and mature, break the rules and succeed, is immaterial, in the end. The only thing that is important is their abiding affection for each other. For the reader, it will bring back the memories of one's own planning of any event, complete with the anxieties and joyfulness. It will take the reader through the memories of their lives with familiar scenes bringing knowing smiles of recognition to their faces. The family dynamics are really amusing and true to form. In this case there are blended families involved and their interrelationships are often hilarious. As the story moves through the years, we see the couple change. The book is one in which several generations may identify. It is hard to come up with a reason that someone might not enjoy this book, unless the stereotyping of the generations feels overwhelming. It is best to just keep turning the pages with the Moreys. You will not be disappointed. Cynthia is a stay at home mom. Adam is climbing the ladder of success in the investment world. He lives his life to make Cynthia happy. The children, April and Jonas, are living in the lap of luxury. They are not in touch with reality or with true emotions. Neither the children nor the parents, can do wrong, even when they most decidedly, do wrong. No matter what happens, Adam and Cynthia "fix" it. There is always a way to handle whatever happens for money is power and control and it has bought them privileges not afforded to the ordinary person. Even as a perfect couple, they grew somewhat dissatisfied as the years passed. They felt they were missing something and wanted more. Having attained one dream they turned their attention to another. They pushed every envelope to its limit as they climbed higher and higher into the world of the rich. They had to keep on buying, doing and going. What started out as a simple adventure into marriage and family turned into an experiment in greed. They lived to attain things. Their children loved them but they also pushed the envelope and disobeyed the rules knowing their cool parents would bail them out and provide them with whatever they wished. I thought the Moreys were hypocrites. They felt they were above the laws and rules for mere mortals. Their mistakes were never rectified, they were justified and covered up. Though I found the characters to be unpleasant people, I couldn't dislike them. The author made them believable. People were drawn to them as I was. Their charisma moved them forward. For every negative aspect portrayed, another favorable one was ready in the wings to stand beside it. It is a timeless novel for readers of all ages. I identified with many of the scenes and saw my own children in others. The lack of privileges or their abundance, matters not; the book made one think about the meaning of privilege and the access it offers. Does responsibility toward others come with the assumption of privilege? What legacy do we leave behind when we "shuffle off this mortal coil?" What are acceptable means to achieve it?

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