|A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism|
Author: Mountford, Peter
Publisher: Mariner Books
Published: April 2011
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Annotation: In 2005 La Paz, Bolivia, hedge-fund agent Gabriel hatches a dangerous plan to gain insider information on the country's president-elect, a scheme that could cost him the love of his girlfriend, who is also the president's press liaison, as well as his headstrong mother.
|BISAC Categories: |
- Fiction | Political
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Young men; Fiction.
- Capitalism; Fiction.
|Academic/Grade Level: General Adult|
|Book type: Fiction|
|Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.50" W|
|Bargain Category: High School, Adult, Action & Adventure|
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.|
After graduating from college, Peter Mountford lived in Ecuador where he worked for a non-profit think tank, which briefly operated a hedge fund—inspiration for A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism. Mountford has lived in Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles, as well as Scotland, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, and Southern Mexico. His fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices 2008, Boston Review and Conjunctions. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and young daughter.
|Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 December #1)
Mountford's choppy debut features crudely drawn characters maneuvering against a backdrop of compelling fictionalized reportage. At the end of 2005, Gabriel de Boya, once an idealistic journalist, is living in Bolivia and working as a extravagantly compensated scout for a hedge fund, the Calloway Group, which is concerned about president-elect Evo Morales's plans for the country's oil and gas industries. Gabriel's attempts to exploit information about Morales's plans become complicated by a burgeoning romance with Morales's press secretary and by his divergence from his own earlier principles and his family's left-wing legacy. The Bolivian setting is colorful and engaging, as are the financial maneuverings, but the moral conflicts practically flash in neon, while minor characters are hobbled by convoluted or implausible backstories (Gabriel's mother, for example, before becoming a respected academic, fled Chile for the Soviet Union, and then defected to the United States; elsewhere, a Buddhist monk turned billionaire mining mogul resembles an "over-the-top supervillain in a James Bond movie"). Most problematic, though, is Gabriel, whose fate of embodying so many conflicts and contradictions leaves him feeling more like a construct than a person. (Apr.)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC