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A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism

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On his first assignment for a rapacious hedge fund, Gabriel embarks to Bolivia at the end of 2005 to ferret out insider information about the plans of the controversial president-elect. If Gabriel succeeds, he will get a bonus that would make him secure for life. Standing in his way are his headstrong mother, herself a survivor of Pinochet’s Chile, and Gabriel’s new love interest, the president’s passionate press liaison. Caught in a growing web of lies and questioning his own role in profiting from an impoverished people, Gabriel sets in motion a terrifying plan that could cost him the love of all those he holds dear.

In the tradition of Martin Amis, Joshua Ferris, and Sam Lipsyte—set against the stunning mountainous backdrop of La Paz and interspersed with Bolivia’s sad history of stubborn survival—Peter Mountford examines the critical choices a young man makes as his world closes in on him.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 06, 2010 – Mountford's choppy debut features crudely drawn characters maneuvering against a backdrop of compelling fictionalized reportage. At the end of 2005, Gabriel de Boya, once an idealistic journalist, is living in Bolivia and working as a extravagantly compensated scout for a hedge fund, the Calloway Group, which is concerned about president-elect Evo Morales's plans for the country's oil and gas industries. Gabriel's attempts to exploit information about Morales's plans become complicated by a burgeoning romance with Morales's press secretary and by his divergence from his own earlier principles and his family's left-wing legacy. The Bolivian setting is colorful and engaging, as are the financial maneuverings, but the moral conflicts practically flash in neon, while minor characters are hobbled by convoluted or implausible backstories (Gabriel's mother, for example, before becoming a respected academic, fled Chile for the Soviet Union, and then defected to the United States; elsewhere, a Buddhist monk turned billionaire mining mogul resembles an "over-the-top supervillain in a James Bond movie"). Most problematic, though, is Gabriel, whose fate of embodying so many conflicts and contradictions leaves him feeling more like a construct than a person.
A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Apr 12, 2011
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
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