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Chancey on Top Paperback – April 19, 2005
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Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Wildly entertaining ... dazzling ... brilliant ... showcases a full spectrum from the comedic to the sublime ... ranks among the finest novels ever." -- New York Observer
A beautifully written, deeply moving novel that chronicles a riveting psychological journey that sweeps the reader to a shattering catharsis. -- Bernard Berkowitz, co-author, How To Be Your Own Best Friend
A magnificent yarn ... funny and sexy ... profound and moving. Captures the conflicts and inner struggles so many upward strivers experience. -- Harry Levinson, Ph.D., author, Corporate Leadership in Action, Professor, Harvard Medical School.
Funny, sexy, surreal, captivating, brilliant--and the kind of thing that upsets the PC police. -- Nadine Strossen, national president, ACLU, and author of Defending Pornography
Hat's off to Chancey! The finest contemporary showcasing of the sonnet form, in my humble opinion. -- Professor Charles Defanti, author, The Wages of Expectation: the biography of Edward Dahlberg
Inspired--hilarious, whimsical, philosophically savvy. -- Kirkus Reviews
Profound, profane, funny and unputdownable . . . Chandler Haste himself is something new. -- Eli Noam, author of Interconnecting the Network of Networks
Stunning--ardent, strange and affecting. An exploration of moral quandaries from John Wareham, whose writing is assured throughout. -- Publishers Weekly
Superb--wildly entertaining and brilliantly relayed ... a literary bonbon that ranks among the finest novel ever. -- The New York Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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During the 1970's, in another life, I worked as a management consultant in the four cities of Wellington, Sydney, Christchurch and Melbourne. I was aware of the pioneering work carried out by, former New Zealander, John Wareham, who was the acknowledged leader then in corporate headhunting. Wareham's first book flew like a comet, across the antipodean skies, and seared the best selling lists on both sides of the Tasman Sea. At the Wellington book launch, James K. Baxter, one of the major English poets of the 20th Century, together with Wareham, made page one of the NZ dailies and were illustrated together in a brilliant black & white photograph which is now part of Kiwi folklore; and the first part of Wareham's dazzling novel CHANCEY ON TOP recalls this brave new world in a bittersweet tour de force. I visited the elegant Wareham offices in Sydney's Australia Square and, in my mind's eye, from the stylish visitors lounge on Level 46; I can perceive that the world was very different then and the sort of uncomplicated chic displayed in the Wareham Associates suite was then rare; CHANCEY ON TOP brings all this back. Yet, that's just the first part of the story. The scene changes and shifts to New York and London. There, we read of life, love and the rocky terrain of corporate headhunting in our contemporary world; and the narrative follows the journey that Chancey Haste continues to make in his efforts to find himself. Along the way, in his search for meaning, Wareham-through Chancey-pays homage to a number of favourite authors including Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare and Albert Camus as well as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley and with a literary nod of the head towards W. Somerset Maugham's "Of Human Bondage". CHANCEY ON TOP addresses questions of unconfessable sins, shattered dreams, and lives unlived, yet ultimately provides redemption of a very special cost and kind, for Chancey -- and deliverance on yet another level for the reader. Wareham, in this wonderful book, imparts a lifetime's experiences, knowledge and wisdom; and very gently, and thoughtfully, prods the reader, and Chancey, towards a position that will heal and reward. CHANCEY ON TOP is a stunning success on many levels; but make sure you read it twice; the full flavor and subtlety is only captured on a second reading.
It is a wonderfully written, completely engaging story, and regardless of Chancey's many faults, I still rooted for him, I wanted him to succeed, to have his cake and eat it too. Perhaps I related to him because I see him in me, and despite my many faults, I still want to have it and eat it as well.
Somehow John Wareham does it here, just like in The President's Therapist - (which you must read if you have not done so already) - again he has found a way to confront me with the many pieces of myself through a cast of wacky, real, human beings. All I can say is "where is the next one?"
Among other things, I am helping an actor develop his business these days, a lovely guy who told me last night that he used to be an "executive placement officer". I said, "Really, have you ever heard of Chancey Haste?" "No" says he. "No kidding? You'll meet him next week. He's quite a character; I think you'll love him." Chancey On Top... Do yourself a favour; scroll right back to the top of this page and click on the order button. You'll be delighted you did.