full disclosure, i didn't finish the book. i got so bored half way through that i gave up on it. surprising given how much i enjoyed freedom by franzen. i think the problem was the character gary lambert. the book starts off focused on other members of the lambert crew, and i like it, then about a quarter of the way through franzen fixates on gary. the guy has no redeeming traits, he's both unlikable and at the same time boring. i don't know if franzen every moves on because after listening to a couple of hours of gary's story i couldn't take it anymore.
you know exactly what to expect since you've probably seen the movie a dozen times but the thing was a blockbuster that still plays well for a reason... its a great shark story. the book is also different enough from the movie that it feels fresh.
it pains me to say it because i'm a huge michael lewis fan but this book is awful. unfinishable and believe me i really really tried. the strange thing is the concept of digging in to the characters and companies involved in the tech bubble sounds great and M.L. is just the person to do it, but it just didn't come out right. i didn't empathize with jim clark, the books central character, he's done big things so you'd think there would be material to work with but i didn't find him funny or interesting or brilliant. stick with "liars poker" "the big short", both 5 stars.
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