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Money Power Love: A Novel Paperback – 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
"A roller-coaster of a tale that surgesthrough 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."
About the Author
Joss Sheldon (1982-) is the best-selling author of rebellious fiction. He has been called "Radical" (The Canary), "Remarkable" (Buzzfeed), and "Literary Royalty" (The Huffington Post). His books are certainly in a league of their own...
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The author displays an incredulous imagination, overbearing lingo plus information overload which all proved highly imaginative. Incomparable to his previous reads which I adored.
Set in the dawn of the modern banking era, Money Power Love is historical fiction, but written in a modern style. We view our four main characters as they live their divergent lives, but I was always aware that I was watching from a 21st century perspective. Sheldon's detailed descriptions of the rural Lambeth Marsh village and other locations allowed me to clearly envisage scenes and I love his characterisations, especially of cameo roles and people met in passing. I could almost imagine the BBC period drama adaptation as I read.
Our three heroes, Mayer, Archibald and Hugo, each embody an aspect of the novel's title and, as such, are preternaturally obsessed with the pursuit of money, power or love. This is a cleverly worked device. The three men only exist to illustrate the history Sheldon wants to tell and elements of their lives are frequently implausible, yet I still empathised and understood their choices - even when I knew the outcome would lead to the mess of a world in which we live today! Money Power Love teaches the side of economic history that Western capitalism doesn't want to be widely understood. The novel shows how false the ubiquitous 'hard work equals success' mantra is and explains how easy it is to make money from nothing if you move in the right social circles. It's all about who you know and who believes they owe you a favour!
Money Power Love is a novel of politics and economics, but don't be misled by that. It's is never dry, dull or boring. Lola particularly is great fun to spend time with and I kept reading pretty much non-stop as I couldn't bear to put the book aside! Another triumph for Joss Sheldon and a novel that I urge everyone to buy for at least one friend this Christmas!
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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