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Ghosts of Manhattan: A Novel Paperback – May 14, 2013
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“Mix together Charles Dickens, Theodore Dreiser and Tom Wolfe and you get novelist Doug Brunt and his modern day financier character, Nick Farmer. Faust would have a feast with so many of the people populating Farmer’s world – and you will have a literary feast devouring this book.” (Steve Forbes, Chairman, Forbes Media)
“After the mortgage bubble burst, if you ever wondered “What were they thinking?” GHOSTS OF MANHATTAN provides a thoughtful and thrilling portrait of what they were doing instead of thinking.” (John Stossel, Fox News)
"Awesomeness." (Kid Rock)
"With his noir-ish debut novel, former broker (and spouse of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly) Brunt delves not just into the mechanics of the financial crash, but also the mindset that created the explosive state of affairs…. A smart shot at the absurdity of Wall Street and the long fall that brought us all down.” (Kirkus)
“Douglas Brunt…is a persuasive storyteller…Reading [Ghosts of Manhattan], it is easy to understand how the worst of Wall Street came apart. But in Nick’s determination to escape his own inevitable destruction we are uplifted and find renewed hope for a cleaned-up world without Bear Stearns.” (Forbes.com)
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As the story progresses, the reader sees Nick struggling with the hypocrisy of his situation, but being unwilling to make a change. Then, Nick finds out information from a Wall Street analyst predicting financial doom- but no one is listening. Is Nick ready to start making changes- get out before the party is over? Or does Nick staty around till the party is way over?
This book is interesting- a voyeuristic look into the life of a Wall Street man, his life, and what his lifestyle ultimately costs him. Nick's got several comical lines- he's got a dry wit that quite fits in this book.
While this will not be a book that I would read multiple times- I did enjoy the book.
Rating: Two-star (Mildly Recommended)
I am having a hard time with this review because I really, really, REALLY hated Nick Farmer. It is hard for me to read a book when the protagonist is so stupid and immature. If this is truly how the "men" running Wall Street behave no wonder it all imploded. The synopsis also does not tell the tale of the book and I get frustrated when that happens. I take a book to review from that synopsis and when I get another book altogether I am not a happy reviewer. I recognize that it is not the author's fault but publishers should know by now that people buy books based on what is written on the covers and when the two do not match buyers get angry. Rant over.
Back to the book. This is more a story of one man, Nick Farmer and the dissolution of his marriage rather than the collapse of Wall Street. Nick is rotten to his wife, he hangs out with a bunch of misogynistic pigs who go out drinking, snorting cocaine and hiring hookers almost every night of the week. And he wonders why his marriage is falling apart? I saw no earthly reason why this was necessary to the completion of his job. It was never explained. It was just "done.Read more ›
It's a great reminder to keep your conscience awake while you're on the take...lest you lose your soul.
Here is an excerpt: "I'm happy to take the cash but haven't always been happy doing the job. That's the difference between me and Jerry and what makes him so good at what he does. He's the perfect trader. He has an efficiency of thought. There is an elegant purity to his single-mindedness, the same simple purity a person would admire in a shark. Nothing in his spirit is at conflict with his profession."
Another excerpt, further into the book:
" 'What is it with these three-button jackets? Can't you two wear a normal gd suit to the office?' Blank looks back at me from both of them. Clearly they like the suits and had thought they were making a favorable impression. I'm feeling a little tired and grouchy and go further. "You're not in Milan. Go to Brooks Brothers and get a normal gd suit and save yourselves some money." Jerry chuckles, He enjoys humor abuse of anything thin and good looking. "
It's just a fun, intelligent and enlightening political read!
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Written by a former student at the Haverford school , good read, well donePublished 1 month ago by Gabriele Connell
Liked it enough to buy his new one. Theme has been well documented, perhaps after he wrote, but a good parallel story line.Published 2 months ago by O R Strickland
This was a Christmas present and my daughter enjoyed it very much. Great story line.Published 3 months ago by Nancy Jo Tiemann
After reading Mr. Brunt's first serious literary effort, I became convinced that the lack of any plot depth and character development is simply
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An interesting read that I flew through. It was extremely entertaining and I loved the writing style.Published 5 months ago by Bob