The Mark and the Void

The Mark and the Void

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"While marooned at his banking job in the bewilderingly damp and insular realm known as Ireland, Claude Martingale is approached by a down-on-his-luck author, Paul, looking for his next great subject. Claude finds that his life gets steadily more exciting under Paul's fictionalizing influence; he even falls in love with a beautiful waitress. But Paul's plan is not what it seems--and neither is Claude's employer, the Investment Bank of Torabundo, which swells through dodgy takeovers and derivatives trading until--well, you can probably guess how that shakes out"
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780865477551
Branch Call Number: Fiction Murray
Characteristics: 459 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 23, 2015

A very cleverly written novel satirising the power of banks, the financial crash of 2008, the ensuing bailout of the banks etc. The main two characters I found a little irritating at times.Great subtle humour. A knowledge of the topics certainly helps in noticing the more nuanced sideswipes at the whole cabal of international banks.

Chapel_Hill_MeeghanR Nov 19, 2015

A rich, layered look at modern malaise, banking, damp climates, tropical islands, and lap dancing - among other things. The improbable plot and sprawling cast of characters are all over the place- pathetic, hysterical, sympathetic, and disgusting. A long read enjoyed on many levels.

Nov 17, 2015

Slow moving, appeals to intellect and all that but I gave up on pg 100, (not The Buy Side in other words). Book jacket called it "madcap", I found it anything but.


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