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Day he realizes he is being followed around by a pale scrawny man The man's name is Paul MurrayPaul claims to want to write a novel about Claude and Claude's heart sings Finally a chance to escape the drudge The good news is that the Murray's satire is funny in places it is so funny that I was that odd commuter chortling away to himself The topic Murray picked is ripe for a tragi comedy bankers working in Dublin post financial crises One in particular Claude on the run from parental disapproval lives a life of total isolation outside of work and is therefore delighted when a writer approaches him to be the subject of his new novelAt its best the book does a great job of showing some of the bizarreness of the financial world I particularly liked how the book showed the complete alienation of the people employed by the bank from the low tax regime they maybe located in The open ending cast of characters in both the bank and the writer are really good Unfortunately as the book goes on the flashes of brilliance become rarer and rarer The author starts to wander into and foreign territory for him and it shows as the book flattens out Still bits of it were really funny

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Ry of his everyday office life to be involved in writing in art But Paul himself seems interested in where the bank keeps its money than in Claude and soon Claude realizes that Paul is not all he appears to You wouldn't expect to find much humour in an Irish investment bank during the demise of the Celtic Tiger but Murray give us plenty When I started reading I thought here we go another book about an author trying to write a book but it uickly turns into something considerably interesting The plot is somewhat improbable and the protagonists have strange ideas about life yet they somehow combine in a series of comically excruciating eventsI'm looking forward to the Mary Cutlass review ;

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Claude is a Frenchman who lives in Dublin His birthplace is famed as the city of lovers but so far love has always eluded him Instead his life revolves around the investment bank where he works And then one I just read SIX three star novels in a row and here is NUMBER SEVEN which I am not going to finish because 219 pages of Paul Murray’s extremely mild investment banker related humour is enough for me this year I would like to break the asphyxiating cycle of this middling 3 star morass by rating this one or two but I can’t It’s not bad it’s just not what I want It’s extremely readable but after a while it’s wait a minute yes – no yes the prawn cracker effect again you eat and eat and you taste nothing just a plasticky ambience in the mouth area but you don’t stop eating no no no there’s nothing anyone could point out as being in any way unpleasant about prawn crackers except to say you could be using your teeth for something else Now this is the follow up novel to Skippy Dies which got a massive FIVE stars from me I loved that one to death Mr Murray got several character voices all teenagers so exactly right in that novel and so exactly funny that it’s distressing to find the colour and energy of Skippy substituted for a deliberately flattened first person narrative from a total office high level drone type who works in the type of bank no normal people understand Our hero Claude is a nerdy introvert who is French and living in Dublin cue many remarks about how French guys are elegant and sexy and have five girlfriends minimum on the go at the same time but poor Claude has nobody just an empty apartment and a distant lust for an abstract painter waitress called Ariadne from GreeceThis all could be a BBC Radio 4 comedy the sort they put on at 1130 in the morning and that is not a good thing to be compared to So pleasant sideswipes at greedy banker types moderately critical barbs about the plagues of high capitalism a set of slightly stereotyped office pals for Claude the Aussie woman the German guy with his stilted English the barely sane traders – oh and we also have East European lap dancers – and we have this groanworthy plot where Claude is approached by an author doing research for a novel on boring banker people and this author’s name isPaul His last name is not given up to p220 but I’m guessing it’s Murray WHAT THE BLURBS SAY WHAT I SAYUnputdownable PutdownableHilarious and profound I could feel myself not uite smilingBlade sharp satire on the banking system You didn’t see The Big Short then?This was Wings after the Beatles Bananarama after the Supremes Goat’s Head Soup after Exile on Main Street Godfather III after Godfather II Yeltsin after Gorbachev Garth Brooks after Hank Williams The Two Noble Kinsmen after The Tempest Smiley Smile after Pet SoundsOkay a little harsh but you get my drift


About the Author: Paul Murray

Paul Murray is an Irish novelist He studied English literature at Trinity College Dublin and has written two novels An Evening of Long Goodbyes shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2003 and nominated for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award and Skippy Dies longlisted for the 2010 Booker Prize and the 2010 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award for comic fiction


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