Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Stone's Fall: Ian Pears

A very clever book full of superficial verisimilitude- including much arcane but entertaining stuff about finance. 

Our financier hero- I'm trying not to give too much away here- manipulates everyone who swims around him- including the leaders of the nations of Europe - into enabling his complicated business plans, whilst remaining largely uncorrupted by his wealth and power.  His greatest sting- though hugely elaborate- never once stubs its toes against the cussedness of things in general or the unpredictability of the human animal. 

I finished it and thought, "That's almost a great novel" and then thought again and riposted, "But it's a complete pack of lies."
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