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Kapitoil
by Teddy Wayne


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Teddy Wayne has written a brilliant book. Karim Issar is one of the freshest, funniest heroes I ve come across in a long time. Ben Fountain, bestselling author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara

An innovative and incisive meditation on the wages of corporate greed, the fundamental darkness of its vision lit by the author s great comic intelligence and wit.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Teddy Wayne has written a brilliant book. Karim Issar is one of the freshest, funniest heroes I ve come across in a long time. Ben Fountain, bestselling author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara

An innovative and incisive meditation on the wages of corporate greed, the fundamental darkness of its vision lit by the author s great comic intelligence and wit. Kathryn Davis, author of The Thin Place, Hell: A Novel, and Versailles

With a fresh and singular voice, Teddy Wayne marks his literary debut with the story of one 26 year old Middle Eastern man s attempt to live the American Dream in New York City. Like the award-winning Netherland and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Kapitoil provides an absorbing look into American culture and New York finance from an outsider s perspective."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061873218
  • ISBN-10: 0061873217
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish Date: April 2010
  • Page Count: 295

Series: P.S.

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 34.
  • Review Date: 2009-12-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Magazine writer Wayne's strong and heartfelt debut novel, set in New York City in the months leading up to the millennium, follows Karim Issar as he leaves his home and family in Qatar for a programming job at a Wall Street firm preparing for the Y2K bug. On the side, the very socially maladapted programming genius creates Kapitoil, a morally troubling computer program that allows his company to make a killing by modeling oil futures based on political instability. Meanwhile, a romance simmers with Rebecca, Karim's colleague and his guide to American culture. Ultimately, Karim must make a choice about his and his family's financial security and Kapitoil's potential for (perhaps) doing good in the world. Wayne zips through a minefield of potential clichés and comes out unscathed, striking a balance of humor and keen insight that propels the story through Karim's education about the West's ethics and its capitalism, while in the background the World Trade Center looms. It's a slick first novel that beautifully captures a time that, in retrospect, seems tragically naïve. (Apr.)

 
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