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With a cast of characters to rival War and Peace, Nathan runs the gamut from delicious lampoon to brutal assault, as he mercilessly sketches many of the characters he has encountered in several decades of white-shoe business law and civil litigation. The central character, a towering sociopath who personifies the late-millennial Gold Rush mentality that took hold at one of the City's oldest and best-established firms, leading to its downfall, is presented in a relentlessly scathing portrait of hubris run amok.
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By crazybatcow on 02-29-12
The price helps...
There are a lot of chapters which focus on different characters... a LOT of characters, and it takes a long time to figure out how they're supposed to relate to each other, or if they are supposed to... for over half the book it felt like it was going to be a series of vignettes about what goes on in legal firms and not really be a novel with a plot.
It did turn out to have a plot, of sorts, but my guess is that the main point of the book was to make a dig at the hypocrisy and money-grubbing of the legal "profession". The author - apparently a lawyer who wants to remain anonymous - seems to have quite a chip on his shoulder over what goes on in big legal firms; I suppose this means that, while fiction, a lot of the book is based on events he's been through and obviously hasn't yet come to terms with on a personal level.
I guess it was interesting enough that I don't feel it was a waste of my time to read. A bit more long-winded than I'd usually like, but okay nonetheless. The price certainly helps me feel better about having bought it. And by the 3/4 point I was sorta curious as to how the story would be resolved, even though - until that point - I still wasn't convinced there was a plot to be resolved.
It's a female narrator but nearly all the characters in the book are male so that was kinda an odd choice I think but otherwise the narration is fine.
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