The Financial Lives of the Poets
Small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior gave up his day-job and gambled everything on setting up a website offering financial advice ... in witty blank verse. Then he woke up one day in the middle of the worst crisis since the 30s with no business, a shedload of debt, a lot of guilt and a... show more
Small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior gave up his day-job and gambled everything on setting up a website offering financial advice ... in witty blank verse. Then he woke up one day in the middle of the worst crisis since the 30s with no business, a shedload of debt, a lot of guilt and a great deal of suspicion about his wife who spends her time flirting online with her childhood sweetheart - a real guy with a real, man's job. So when Matt's offered some high-grade dope, and finds he can sell a little bit of it on, he thinks that maybe this is where the future lies...As Matt battles to save his marriage, his children's future and his sanity too, The Financial Lives of the Poets becomes a hugely funny but heartfelt novel about how we can reach the edge of ruin - and pull back.
Publish date: September 22nd 2009
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Jess Walter is a writer who refuses to write books that will allow him to be pigeon-holed. His Citizen Vince is the darkly funny and oddly warm story of Vince Camden, a low-level hoodlum relocated by the Witness Protection Program to Spokane from New York, coming to terms with his new environment ...
All the reviews of this say that it's hilarious, a laugh riot. So funny! I didn't laugh even once. This is maybe the saddest book I've ever read, or at least the most poignant. I'm approximately the same age as Walter, and prey to the same generational conceits, fears, and acting out. There's a lot ...
i ha incuriosito il titolo. L'ho preso, per fortuna, in biblioteca. Il quadro dei personaggi è interessante, ma la narrazione, a mio modesto avviso, a un certo punto si ferma un po'. Forse mi aspettavo altro. Non so.
I'm giving this four stars because something about the way it was written really clicked with me. It's a little frustrating to not be able to pinpoint it better than that. The story flowed well and felt very real. I love the idea of financial advice in the form of poetry, but it seems like a featur...
Jess Walter is a fantastic writer and very funny. Can't believe he only just now crossed my radar. [full review]"There are these lakes in Northern Idaho that are supposed to be bottomless; the Navy used to do submarine training there. They'd think they had found the bottom and then a submarine would...