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A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism By Peter Mountford A Young Man s Guide to Late Capitalism On his first assignment for a rapacious hedge fund Gabriel embarks to Bolivia at the end of to ferret out insider information about the plans of the controversial president elect If Gabriel succ
  • Title: A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism
  • Author: Peter Mountford
  • ISBN: 9780547473352
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism By Peter Mountford On his first assignment for a rapacious hedge fund, Gabriel embarks to Bolivia at the end of 2005 to ferret out insider information about the plans of the controversial president elect If Gabriel succeeds, he will get a bonus that would make him secure for life Standing in his way are his headstrong mother, herself a survivor of Pinochet s Chile, and Gabriel s new love iOn his first assignment for a rapacious hedge fund, Gabriel embarks to Bolivia at the end of 2005 to ferret out insider information about the plans of the controversial president elect If Gabriel succeeds, he will get a bonus that would make him secure for life Standing in his way are his headstrong mother, herself a survivor of Pinochet s Chile, and Gabriel s new love interest, the president s passionate press liaison Caught in a growing web of lies and questioning his own role in profiting from an impoverished people, Gabriel sets in motion a terrifying plan that could cost him the love of all those he holds dear.In the tradition of Martin Amis, Joshua Ferris, and Sam Lipsyte set against the stunning mountainous backdrop of La Paz and interspersed with Bolivia s sad history of stubborn survival Peter Mountford examines the critical choices a young man makes as his world closes in on him.
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    1. Peter Mountford

      Peter Mountford s debut novel A Young Man s Guide to Late Capitalism won the 2012 Washington State Book Award in fiction, and was a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Prize His second novel The Dismal Science was named a New York Times Editor s Choice, and was a finalist for a 2015 Washington State Book Award.After reading The Dismal Science, Sam Lipsyte wrote The Dismal Science is exuberant art, a deep, moving comedy about grief, guilt, and the heart s geopolitics Mountford writes with soul and style and makes the plight of his protagonist count An avid traveler, 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 won numerous awards, grants and fellowships His short stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Best New American Voices 2008, Granta, Southern Review, New York Times Magazine, Conjunctions, and Boston Review A fellow of Bread Loaf and Yaddo, he s currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada College s MFA program, and he s the event curator at Hugo House.

    108 thoughts on “A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism”

    1. Bolivia Hedge funds You can t fault this book for being run of the mill None of that American suburban angst blah blah blah go to the mall, have a drink, etc , and none of that If It s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium Europe yet again stuff, either La Paz, of all places And a young Americano who wants to make a lot of money in a hurry because he cannot believe his good luck, being newly employed by a rapacious hedge fund wait, is that redundant.Thing is, he needs information, and he tends to sleep [...]


    2. Stunningly well written book that left me deep in thought at the conclusion No doubt in my mind this one will be showing up on award lists as a winner I ve rarely wished I knew someone who read the same book, but today I do Incredible first novel, I will watch for his next, that s for sure Will be recommending this one to our college s book club as one of those books that begs for discussion afterwards This book was so good, I ll make sure it is in our local library Note This book was provided t [...]


    3. There is something about picking up a book I don t know anything about and finding it resonates with me This is a book like that It s set in La Paz, Bolivia, a city I once spent a week visiting Mountford describes this city exactly as I experienced it as an American traveler The main character lives in a hotel room near where my friends live there, and he walks streets I walked and visits cafes I visited there And he experiences them so similarly to the way I felt about them that it s a little e [...]


    4. My brother gave me this book to read because it s about an ambiguously Hispanic guy named Gaby He said he thinks it s a guy book , but I loved it whatever that means This is the best modern novel I ve read in awhile Just one of those can t put it down, made me laugh then made me cry, really really care about the characters kind of books.


    5. In one chapter of my forthcoming biography of Robert Ripley, I recount the eccentric, world traveling Believe It or Not cartoonist s months long journey through South America in 1925, during which Ripley writes that Bolivia s sky high capital, La Paz, looked as if someone had flung the city of Reno into the Grand Canyon So when fellow Seattleite Peter Mountford, a friend of a former newspaper colleague, offered to send me an advance copy of his first novel, which takes place in La Paz in late 20 [...]


    6. This novel is beautifully written, replete with large themes and small insights, and Mountford s deftly worded explanations about the workings of a hedge fund in a small third world country is a college course in itself I found myself fascinated by Gabriel, the main character he reads to me, for much of the book, like the hero I want to be smart, crafty, appealing and attractive, and able to succeed at making, in his words, a s load of money And while the reader hopes and expects that he ll rega [...]


    7. My complaints with the novel are really around the use of the women as stand ins for the political conflicts, and sex as the vehicle for plot twists This seems shallow and, even for someone with Gabriel s background, a bit too convenient, and too close to a Matt Damon or Tom Cruise movie.Nonetheless, the novel seems dead on in its description of the wearying life of the expatriate press and IMF World Bank reps, who are always metaphorically in Joan Didion s or Pico Iyer s airport lounge, always [...]


    8. I cruised through this book and I ve been thinking about it a lot since I finished it It s like a modernized Waiting for the Barbarians, but in reverse I simultaneously love and am depressed by what Mountford has to say about globalized capitalism and from a craft point of view, this novel did a fine job of creating a genuinely unlikeable narrator and still making me care about what happens to him I m struggling with this on a project of my own so I took lots of notes on this point Nat Kelly and [...]


    9. By Gabriel BlackwellFor The Literary ReviewVolume 54 Emo, Meet Hole I am as fascinated by AE s reality show Hoarders as I am terrified by it I fear this compulsion as I fear the cliff s edge I have no wish to throw myself off, but what if I suddenly did We say that compulsion is a slippery slope, as if we could ski to safety, but to me it seems a drop off Beware The fascination is in watching people lose the ground beneath their feet through a single moment s inattention Compulsion, like gravity [...]


    10. This is a review I wrote for Bookslut Peter Mountford s debut novel, A Young Man s Guide to Late Capitalism, provides refreshing insight into the seemingly clear cut stories of unchecked corporate greed which have become ubiquitous in recent headlines Mountford s portrayal of Gabriel de Boya, a young hedge fund lackey who is seduced by the ethically sticky world of Big Finance, brings a much needed human element to the pervasive theme of big business avarice.Gabriel is on assignment in La Paz, p [...]


    11. Despite being one of the safest and most prosperous countries in human history, the United States was actually a very bizarre place Elsewhere in the world, the unattainability of great fame and fortune was readily accepted, and so life was less driven by grandiose fantasies Elsewhere, people wouldn t tell their children that they could achieve anything, because, of course, they couldn t I saw Peter Mountford s book while browsing through NetGalley and was intrigued by the title Then I basically [...]


    12. Peter was a classmate of mine in college Acquaintance might even be overstating it We had friends in common My reaction to this book reminds me of when I once prepared a Mexican dinner for a family who hosted me at their house One of them said, I knew this would be good, but I didn t know it would be GOOD I wasn t just introducing them to the world of tortillas and cheese I had scrutinized every ingredient, made everything from scratch, and brought my experience to bear on it That s my reaction [...]


    13. After I had gotten my master s in journalism and decided that I could no longer stand to do my night shift position as a morning news producer in a market 119 TV station in southern Illinois even though I had no other job prospects, I moved into my parent s house in Chicago This was the summer of 2005, so I was experiencing my own private recessionary job market in a boom time Everyone around me seemed to be doing great, though, buying houses and expensive cars, wearing fancy shoes and glasses, [...]


    14. If I had rated this book immediately after I read it I would have given it 4 stars It s been a week later, and the time that has passed the I ve been thinking about it Because it has made a long lasting impression on me I have to increase my rating to 5 The book is well written, intellectual, and thoughtful and it will cause the reader several moments to pause and to examine our own lives This passage made a big impression on me.Though he didn t have the words for it yet, he would later realiz [...]


    15. As I read this book, I came to despise the protagonist, the young, uber agressive, lustful of money and women , ethically challenged Gabriel The story follows his work during the final months of 2005 in Bolivia conducting clandestine research for a hedge fund, usually under the cover of being a freelance jounalist.I became frustrated with how seemingly easy it was for Gabriel to extract information from lovers, to both of whom he reveals his true purpose in Bolivia Each of these women, whose det [...]


    16. Gritty, visceral and rivetingly readable I can t believe my good fortune to have spotted this novel perched upon my local library s recommended shelf Hotter than a pistol Mountford s prose is piquant and snappy, I for one am hanging out for his follow up Now etched into my mind s eye the plot captured time and place to take me on a journey I won t forget in a hurry I ve read a bit of NF about the hedge funds and financial meltdown but didn t ecpect to find this sort of insight, to the hubris of [...]


    17. I read this book in early summer or fall of about 2012 I recall it was a time when Chessie could go for long walks in the neighborhood and I often carried a book with me to read while she mosied along and sniffed every tree and leaf She was old enough that I indulged her pleasure if the weather was good and I was off of work.I have forgotten many books but this one I remember partly due to the weird cover art and long title I should remember to recommend this book to Keith when he has time for [...]


    18. For some reason, I always want to give books fractions of stars.A Young Man s Guide to Late Capitalism i should probably get 3.75 stars It s not quite four, but definitely not three Jason recommended this to me, and I can see why he enjoyed it Mountford s writing style is spare, but he finds the perfect words to describe people things his dialogue is also quite good The plot was complex enough to be engaging, but not complex enough to disorient a reader without a background in Bolivian politics [...]


    19. A great debut in the vein of Adam Haslett and Jess Walters, A Young Man s Guide introduces a talented new voice in morally ambiguous Gabriel The son of a headstrong single mother who fled Pinochet and became a liberal professor in California, Gabriel thrillingly takes a job with a predatory hedge fund to go undercover in La Paz, Bolivia at the end of 2005 After casting a web of lies and deceit he must decide where his ultimate loyalties lie when he starts to fall for the new president elect s be [...]


    20. This book is exactly the type I enjoy reading I had no preconceived notions and learned quite a bit about Bolivia, as well as what thoughts swim inside the mind of a hedge funder hypothetically, of course The history of industry in La Paz, Bolivia and how it relates to the global economy was eye opening Prior to reading this book, I had known little about the country The novel is a well written depiction of how politics, industry, poverty, and greed shape lives I set down the book several hours [...]


    21. I read this because a friend of mine went ot Peter Mountford s book launch in Seattle She suggested it because she knows my third book is set in Bolivia Peter s book is set there as well, though the Bolivia he writes about was a bit foreign to me He lived in Ecuador and visited Bolivia, and that shows, but it s stil a great book I loved his writing style I loved that I was enthralled by the real subject of this book which is what it s like to work for a hedge fund Who knew how interesting this w [...]


    22. A smart and compelling trip into Latin American politics, international finance, and healthy expense accounts A young, bright college graduate is offered a Faustian job snooping into Bolivia s economic prospects on behalf of a powerful hedge fund, a fact he must assiduously hide from his Chilean exile mother, and his girlfriend, press attach to Evo Morales Things get complicated quickly The book succeeds in educating about Bolivian history, game theory, short selling while it entertains, conveyi [...]


    23. I m very interested in reading this book The reviews that I ve seen are great, and I love the fact that Peter Mountford, the author, has lived in so many places, including Ecuador, Scotland, Mexico, New York, Washington D.C and Los Angeles and I m sure I left a few places out I love reading books written by well traveled writers because they really can give the locations in their books a sense of place something that is so wonderful about many books This also seems to be a very interesting topic [...]


    24. Received a galley through a web promotion and got into the story very easily There s a quality to the writing I want to call it new masterpiece The voice is strong and sure, and the details are so well rendered Though it s clearly a contemporary novel, it has the feeling of being written a while ago mostly because it s drawing from a great literary tradition and it feels strong enough to last On top of the stellar quality of the writing is the intriguing story It s commentary on globalization is [...]


    25. Disclaimer Peter is a friend and colleague There are countless things to commend about this novel the authenticity of the representation of Bolivian culture the twistedly true rendition of love affairs the depth of the author s and protagonist s understanding of politics and economics the success of the novelization of what was the author s experience vs the feeling that he should have written a memoir But most of all what s superb is the moral distress of the protagonist, the teetering between [...]


    26. This is a very well written book about Gabriel, who has been sent to Bolivia by the hedge fund that he works for to gather information about the new president and his plans for the country It is interesting to watch Gabriel struggle with determining the best course of action Lots of moral dilemmas here with great descriptions of the landscape and people of Bolivia Great debut work I will definitely pick up another book by this author.


    27. The financial jargon and historical references may alienate some readers, but this book is than a formulaic attempt at imaginative non fiction Mountford introduces characters that understand that risk and entropy are at the forefront of everything society holds dear, and that your salary and your relationships have the quality of transactions recorded and scrutinized as a means of mental exercise.


    28. I cared about the protaganist but also wanted to see him get his come uppance for being the shit he was The book takes place in La Paz Bolivia, not a common locale for novels, and because of this, there is a specialness to the narrative as the reader gets a picture painted of a classic 3rd world capital with all its beauty and warts exposed Excellent read, highly recommended


    29. This is quite simply one of the smartest and most readable debuts I ve come across in years Mountford is a writer who rolls up his sleeves and digs into the zeitgeist all the way up to his elbows He s fearless in his depiction of world leaders, global events, and the oft ignored gray areas between morality and success.


    30. I loved the city description on the first page, then I panicked that I would hate the rest because I didn t want to think about hedge funds Instead, I found that I really enjoyed the character development even though I didn t like the guy and felt that there s probably a lot of true life people just like him Made me think and it was nice reading outside my box.


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