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A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Highly Recommended--a great, fun read that leaves you feeling smarter

    This novel is beautifully written, replete with large themes and small insights, and Mountford's deftly worded explanations about the workings of a hedge fund in a small third-world country is a college course in itself. I found myself fascinated by Gabriel, the main character-he reads to me, for much of the book, like the hero I want to be: smart, crafty, appealing and attractive, and able to succeed at making, in his words, "a s***load of money." And while the reader hopes-and expects-that he'll regain his morals, Mountford has something else in mind. I love the surprise, the real grit of this story. A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism has me finding a sudden, new curiosity in finance--a subject that only a very compelling narrative could get me interested in.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    An enthralling book by a writer to watch

    I was bewitched by this novel. On a snowbound night when I wasn't feeling very well, I started reading and was immediately swept to Bolivia; lost in Gabriel de Boya's troubles, I stayed up reading until the morning. It's a beautiful book with endlessly compelling characters trying, like the rest of us, to make sense of an all-too-complicated world.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2011

    Amazing Read!

    This is one of those rare books that follows you for weeks after reading it. Not only is it intelligent, but also incredibly exciting. The characters are so vivid and compelling that I couldn't put this book down. I could hardly wait to find out what happened next; so much so that I didn't realize that it was 3 am until I read the last page! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

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    Stunningly well written book that left me deep in thought at the conclusion. This book begs for discussion, about the choices Gabriel and others make, the events that occur, US involvment in other country's economies, today's morality (or lack thereof, depending on one's age I think) and even the definition of success. Yet the book is uncluttered, the writing mature and focused.

    No doubt in my mind this one will be showing up on award lists as a winner.

    Disclaimer: In return for an honest review, the book was provided without cost.

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    Posted May 20, 2011

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