- File Size: 713 KB
- Print Length: 296 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse (August 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2017
- Sold by: Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N9MYADH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Part indictment of the world of worker’s compensation litigation, part portrait of a toxic love triangle built on narcissism and dependency, part surrealist rendering of a Manhattan teetering between corporate high-rise glitz and misfit underground counterculture, All the Beautiful People We Once Knew deftly navigates a chasm of privilege and depravity before plummeting to its inevitably tragic conclusion. Carlson clearly knows the world that his novel depicts; he also has some serious writing chops. The result is a story that pulses from beginning to end with a gritty and unsettling realism." James Charlesworth, author of The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill
"Carlson's controlled authorial voice is further enlivened by clever wordplay and a Delilloan obsession with etymology and news stories. Carlson deftly steers clear of a clichéd good-versus-evil, David-versus-Goliath plot as he provides a nuanced exploration of the questionable motivations of all parties. The result is a more satisfying, Franzenian interplay of politics and class with hints of the stylistic reportage of Tom Wolfe. For fans of the aforementioned authors as well as later Bret Easton Ellis." Booklist
"[A] unique, funny, and challenging novel about life in Biglaw." Above the Law
"Kudos to first-time novelist Carlson for taking on a complicated subject that is timely and significant." Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Carlson's characterization is impressive and cleverly focused on detail, with the right mix of person and story to deliver an authentic mature piece. I really liked the originality of his staccato style, reflecting the fast paced nature of big law, punctuated by task to task, and counter balanced with flowing prose on grinding out hours of work and trying to keep it together in the process.
Told through the eyes of Stephen Harker, a senior associate grappling with where his life is headed, there is a believability in the narrative as things unravel around him. Overall I think this book's art is in its depiction of how an attorney's personal life can often become blurred with work and identity, boundaries broken, ethics challenged, ambitions tested and worn down, and ultimately how this can manifest behaviorally in different individuals.
Well done to the author! You're on to something here. I highly recommend this gripping read, which doesn't take itself too seriously, but still delivers a real punch.
The main players and the themes underpinning the story are a microcosm of our time. Carlson has distilled a complex mix of contemporary domestic and international politics, economics and current affairs into a harrowing and human plot which kept me interested.
If the first few chapters feel challenging, persevere - the payoff for reaching the end of the book is well worth it.
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The background picture of the city and its myriads is tremendously alive.
This book is worth devoting serious attention to; you will be rewarded in spades.