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Read & Download à Lake Success ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Narcissistic hilariously self deluded and divorced from the real world as most of us know it hedge fund manager Barry Cohen oversees 24 billion in assets Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three year old son's diagnosis of autism he flees New York on a G. Compensating For EverythingIt s been about 30 years since Sherman McCoy in Bonfire of the Vanities and Patrick Bateman in American Psycho satirically demonstrated the excesses promoted by wealth in the financial industry of New York City Both books followed hot on the heels of the real Ivan Boesky s Greed is Good commencement address at UC Berkeley and of course Gordon Gekko s euivalent speech in the film Wall Street Barry Cohen in Lake Success is a resurrection of the type insanely arrogant relationally challenged acutely brand conscious with class sensitivity than the most rabid Marxist So we can be confident of a literary continuity at least in the culture of the American ber rich who are to be found at the right time of year in their densest concentration on the island of ManhattanBut Gary Shteyngart has spotted I believe a profound if subtle change in that culture Three decades ago the protagonists were socially distasteful and morally aberrant but confident They were despite their bad behaviour at ease with the authority of their position in the pecking order of American civilization Their educational superiority unfailing dedication to business over family political acumen and sheer hours put in to work provided a feeling of entitlement which left no psychic space at all for self doubt They may have lacked the manners and taste of the Great Gatsby but they did share his personal views about self with the conviction of religion Undoubtedly many still doBut Barry Cohen is another matter He is a social and economic ideal of the masses rather than an aberration and he lacks a stable identity much less one he can be confident about He has failed in his own judgment by succeeding He is neurotic unhappy and a professional as well as human failure and he knows it He sits at the top or accurately just below the top Rupert Murdoch owns the three floors above his But he has a running fantasy about the roads not taken the college girl friend the writing career the comforts of casual non predatory friendships The severe handicap of his autistic infant son is not something that immense wealth can touch This is not the cause of his regrets but it is their catalyst Through the intransigence of his son s condition Barry is confronted with his fundamental lack of control over existenceAnd an even significant literary difference over three decades Shteyngart provides a female perspective It isn t just Barry having a knock out fight with buyer s remorse about his life choices Seema Barry s shiksa non white trophy wife is also than a bit disappointed in the results of her assiduous social climbing and the lack of things that money can t buy Her feelings too are catalyzed by her son s severe autism but for reasons different than Barry s She loves the child intensely She suffers with the child not because of him Their wealth for her is mainly just a series of domestic administrative duties that distract her from caring for the boy as well as stopping her from understanding her own motivationsReferences to Trump mostly perjorative are freuent throughout Lake Success I don t think these are there merely to provide local colour Trump is significant because he is the authentic face of the contemporary wealth culture of New York City gauche petty ill read and tasteless There of course have been any number of such wealthy New Yorkers But it was Trump in his presumption to political office and his constant public exposure of the banality of his thoughts which allowed reuired in fact that the rich see themselves in him If Trump is the apex of American society and culture does any of their effort reputation and status have any meaning whatsoever It s a bit like discovering oh I don t know that God is an out of work carpenter being supported by a gang of ladies of uestionable repute It takes faith than most people have to maintain the convictionIn other words Shteyngart seems to be suggesting that the cultural scorecard is changing Barry and Seema haven t lost their identities so much as discovered that the ones they have aren t worth having If I m reading this right Shteyngart s subject is not so much the disaffected rich but the entire culture of compensation of which they are emblematic According to the s of this culture personal wealth is appropriate compensation not primarily for one s talents and efforts but rather as a reward for giving up the other uses to which those talents and uses could have been put the opportunities for the good life that have been forgoneThis suggestion about the implicit compensatory theory of personal wealth is made fairly obvious in the case of Barry who recognizes it in his historical self This is reinforced by his failed attempt to justify his career in finance as having anything at all to do with adding value a standard ideological criterion for wealth creators Barry knows he takes 2 percent from his clients assets every year for losing them six percent His only real skill is the projection of a faux friendliness a skill he employs over and over with the same unsatisfying result every time Paradoxically it is then this additional feeling of professional uselessness that also must be compensated for He can t even describe his work as prostitution because no one but him gets any satisfactionSo the Trump trope I know I know blame Shteyngart is I think central to the book Does wealth fabulous wealth far beyond what is useful for reasonable comfort and security compensate for having to be a Trump not to mention a Melania He is important because he and she makes the costs of a particular kind of success obvious As Barry says You have to train yourself to be wealthy That means gradually accepting a life which is not life promoting And conversely unlearning a great deal to return to an intrinsically rewarding life Those at the other end of the economic spectrum from Barry or Trump might not understand that simply because they do not approach even minimal standards of comfort and security But the relatively well off are at least in a position to get it I can only hope that Shteyngart is as prophetic as I perceive him to be Perhaps greed is no longer what is was cracked up to be not even for the01 rry takes great care to dismiss inherited wealth as at best irrelevant and at worst paradoxically socialist This is a cultural inversion which occurred starting in the 1950 s in New York City and is chronicled in the novels of Louis Auchincloss See for example This is a academic analysis of the same phenomenon biographical footnote I was raised from infancy in the same New York suburb and in a similar family background to Barry s There is a real if minute Lake Success close by I conseuently can recognize many of the same drives and aversions which Shteyngart ascribes to Barry in my own personality And important I also identify with the way youthful ideals can become distorted into their opposites through the desire to achieve I too ended up on Wall Street and the international finance gig This phenomenon of corrupted idealism is I suspect particularly common in the finance industry in which thought itself is the only real commodity Even so than in academia in order to succeed thought must be sold not merely presented The effects are often devastating not only for the uality of the thought but also for the character of the thinker

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Read & Download à Lake Success ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Reyhound bus in search of a simpler romantic life with his old college sweetheart Meanwhile his super smart wife Seema a driven first generation American who craved the picture perfect life that comes with wealth has her own demons to face How these two flawed character. There has been a lot of talk about what constitutes the American novel but for my money Success Lake is the American novel for these timesAlthough the Trump election is not front and center it pervades everything it s a time when amorality and greediness are punished by a slap on the wrist Into this poisonous atmosphere leaps Barry Cohen a hedge fund manager of a This Side of Capital lifted from F Scott Fitzgerald s This Side of Paradise By all outward appearances Barry lives the American dream a beautiful immigrant wife an adorable 3 year old son billions of assets under management and But scratch the surface and it s all a mirage his wife fancies someone else his son is severely autistic and the SEC is breathing down his backSo Barry takes off on a Greyhound bus journey to discover the real America He believes he is having authentic experiences but in fact the real America is severely divided hopelessly lost and struggling to survive And much as Barry wants it to it is not a mirror to his past or futureAlternating between satire and poignancy Gary Shteyngart never makes the mistakes of throwing his characters under the proverbial bus The yearning and emptiness redeem Barry and his wife Seema to some extent This accurate portrayal of America on the brakes a faulty America that confuses capitalism with success and possessions with meaning is spot on And the ever present wristwatches that Barry collects and hoards is tangible evidence that time is marching on and cannot be possessed

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Read & Download à Lake Success ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB S navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 01 Percent a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America greatLONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTI. Nope I can t do it I can t continue to try to read this book that I hate I despise the characters and the story isn t captivating at all I ve tried to give it a chance but when I look at the book and try to read another page it is painful to think about Definitely not the book for me Maybe for someone elseI don t get them at all Rich and snobby Completely withdrawn from their child because he is Autistic They are shallow and nothing is making any kind of sense at all I m just not sure there is a point


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    PDF Lake Success review ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø Gary Shteyngart 35 starsLet me start off by saying the main character Barry is a total and complete asshole If you don’t like books where you dislike the main characters this is one to steer clear of Barry to me was fingers on the blackboard grating I mean what is it with the bloody watches? This is someone you want to feel something for in a

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  • Hardcover
  • 339
  • Lake Success
  • Gary Shteyngart
  • English
  • 08 August 2020
  • 9780812997415