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Money Power Love: A Novel Hardcover – October 7, 2017
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"The personalities in 'Money Power Love' are shaped by the world around them, turning good and bad as circumstances dictate; showing us their strengths, and showing us their frailties. It's breath-taking, literally, because it touches upon the very core of our humanity."
THE HUFFINGTON POST
"Not so much a novel, more an extended allegory on love trumping power and money, Joss Sheldon's tale also gives us the birth of banking and a potted history of the first half of the nineteenth century - all with wit and humour."
"Adventures come thick and fast... in picaresque fashion... (It) deals with matters of consequence... (with) a message worth dwelling on."
SCOTTISH LEFT REVIEW
"A roller-coaster of a tale that surges through the years... truth-bombing history on an almost pagely basis."
"It's a work of art. Sheldon creates a world in which every scent is pronounced and every scene is painted with exquisite colour. It's a tale of personalities, which explores the very extremities of human behaviour, and it's a lesson from history which takes the reader from the heart of London to the furthest reaches of the British Empire. Moreover, it's a lesson that's more relevant today than ever before."
PAK ASIA TIMES
"One of those 'unputdownable' novels. From the outset it is clear that this fictitious story, based on real life events, has an underlying moral message."
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Born on three adjacent beds, a mere three seconds apart, our three heroes are united by nature but divided by nurture. As a result of their different upbringings, they spend their lives chasing three very different things: Money, power and love.
This is a human story: A tale about people like ourselves, cajoled by the whimsy of circumstance, who find themselves performing the most beautiful acts as well as the most vulgar.
This is a historical story: A tale set in the early 1800s, which shines a light on how bankers, with the power to create money out of nothing, were able to shape the world we live in today.
And this is a love story: A tale about three men, who fall in love with the same woman, at the very same time...
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After reading too many economic research papers, Money. Power. Love came as a fresh air and a really good read. As a big fan of historical novels, I couldn't not enjoy the setting of 19th century, with Sheldon telling a story of politics and finance in his writing style, that just makes you get more curious about it and then find out more asap.
However, if you think that this is your another politics book, you'll be gravely mistaken. It's a love story, and a very interesting love story at that. At one point it reminded me of one Remarque's Three Friends, but the setting and characters are absolutely different here.
Meet our characters - Mayer, Hugo and Archibald. Three men, who were born seconds apart, but who chase different dreams. You will find yourself in all of them, and I believe it was what Sheldon tried to tell with this book, that there is a Mayer, Hugo and Archibald living in all of us. But who will achieve his dreams? Whose path will we choose?
The author displays an incredulous imagination, overbearing lingo plus information overload which all proved highly imaginative. Incomparable to his previous reads which I adored.
Most contemporary readers, if pressed to find a parallel, will think this book most resembles Candide. In Money, Power and Love and in Candide characters are, though very memorable, not three dimensional or attempts to be the realistic characters one finds in most literary fiction.
For example, this work begins by three babies being born at the same time, all of whom are orphaned at the age of three and all of whom fall in love with the same woman. However, do not be turned off by these plot twists!
Because, just like Candide, the author has embedded a philosophic critique of contemporary society behind his narrative. What seems like a simple picaresque novel about the lives of three men of the eighteenth century actually contains a coherent criticism of the modern financial system. Sheldon, who was a student at the London School of Economics, tells the tale of the history of money and its accompanying state power all the while conducting a meditation on its effects on human nature.
If picaresque novels (meaning one in which lower class heroes challenge upper class society while the author critiques the very society his heroes are struggling against) are not too your liking then you might not want to read Money, Power and Love. However, if you are one of those who is critical of contemporary finance and interested in both its history and its effects on humanity then I doubt you can find a more enjoyable way of hearing from one of its contemporary critics. Mr. Sheldon, in reviving the picaresque genre and turning it into modern literature, has created a novel that not only engages readers with its characters but introduces them to the circle of those who think modern finance is far from perfect.
Highly recommended to all who share a delight in thought provoking novels of this genre.
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