The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I read this because I wanted to read another book. Now that I think about it that may not be the best reason to read something. I wanted to read Beautiful Ruins also by Jess Walter, but there were no copies available at any local store and for some reason I was unwilling to purchase the kindle version...sometimes I just don't understand myself.
Anyway I got Financial lives at less than half price so I bought it hoping I was on the first stage of discovering a new favorite author.
Long story short, I have decided to not bother reading Beautiful Ruins so this will be my last Jess Walter book. Financial lives is well written and had characters I was interested with but even with some clever insights somehow it didn't make me feel like it was bringing me to the brink of total spiritual enlightenment. This is something else that in retrospect may be asking too much, but sometimes you read a book and you feel so close to the story there is a palpable sense of transcendence. It may not last long but when you finish you feel exhilarated. For me, not this one though.
Good book, well written, solid characters but it won't change your life, even for a few minutes.
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