The Mark and the Void

The Mark and the Void

Book - 2015
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Stuck at a dull job at the Investment Bank of Torabundo in Ireland, Claude Martingale falls under the influence of Paul, a luckless author looking for his next subject. He finds his life becoming increasingly more exciting, but both Paul and Claude's employer are not what they seem.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780865477551
Characteristics: 459 pages ; 22 cm.


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Jul 11, 2018

I enjoyed the book but persisted through the slower beginning. I became caught up in the main character who is initially very elusive but his motivations and actions are interesting and credible. Insight into the banking industry was fascinating and I found the book clever and funny.

Nov 23, 2015

A very cleverly written novel satirising the power of banks, the financial crash of 2008, the ensuing bailout of the banks etc. The main two characters I found a little irritating at times.Great subtle humour. A knowledge of the topics certainly helps in noticing the more nuanced sideswipes at the whole cabal of international banks.

Chapel_Hill_MeeghanR Nov 19, 2015

A rich, layered look at modern malaise, banking, damp climates, tropical islands, and lap dancing - among other things. The improbable plot and sprawling cast of characters are all over the place- pathetic, hysterical, sympathetic, and disgusting. A long read enjoyed on many levels.

Nov 17, 2015

Slow moving, appeals to intellect and all that but I gave up on pg 100, (not The Buy Side in other words). Book jacket called it "madcap", I found it anything but.


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