The Mark and the Void

The Mark and the Void

Book - 2015
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This is a comic masterpiece about love, art, greed and the banking crisis, from the author of Skippy Dies. Workaholic French banker Claude is so busy making money from Ireland's economic crisis he has no time for romance. Then he meets mysterious writer Paul, who says he wants to put Claude in a book. Next thing Claude knows, he's falling in love with beautiful Greek waitress, Augustina. But can an investment banker be turned into a romantic hero, even with a writer on his side? And is Paul actually on Claude's side at all? And why is Claude's new boss staking all of their money on losing propositions? Is anyone in this whole town telling the truth?
Publisher: London, Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780241953860
Characteristics: 458 pages ; 22 cm.


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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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