Author: Jess Walter
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Release Date: 7 September 2010
Date Finished: 11 October 2010
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Challenges: 100+ Reading, Hogwarts Reading Challenge, Reading Resolutions,
The Short and Sweet of It
Matt's life is swirling down the toilet - no job, no prospects, a senile father, a possibly-cheating wife, a house about to be reclaimed, and two kids in private school. When he randomly meets up with some stoners at a 7/11, Matt's life takes an unexpected turn, and he makes some unusual decisions. But really, could things get any worse?
A Bit of a Ramble
Everybody, their mother, and their dog seem to have nothing but gushy goodness to say about this book. Hailed as an artfully written novel full of laugh out loud moments and biting satire, The Financial Lives of the Poets is regarded by many - bloggers and "professional" critics alike - as one of the year's best novels. Eh...okay. Now I did enjoy the book. I thought it was a unique read with some very relevant points about American culture and ideology, but I wasn't blown away by it as everyone else seems to be.
Reasons why this isn't a glowing review:
- the financial crisis bores me to death even if it is discussed in creatively constructed prose.
- seeing a marriage fail because of lack of communication just frustrates me. I have a pet peeve about conflicts that could be entirely solved by talking to each other.
- I didn't like any of the characters: the protagonist might possibly be the world's largest idiot and his wife has a serious shopping addiction and is possibly sexting her old boyfriend.
- Who, seriously who, would think a website with financial advice written in poetic form would be a good idea?
- the insistent tone of the narration (the overuse of creatively constructed prose) grated on my nerves after awhile.
- the consistent use of ellipses.
My personal problems with the book do not detract me from recommending it to others. I have specific and serious pet peeves about cheating, bad decisions, and communication, so I was predisposed to be frustrated with portions of the plot line; however, those who do not share my particular annoyances will more than likely love this book. After all, if the reviews I've linked below are any indication, the rest of the planet adores it.
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