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by Dana Vachon




Having landed his dream job as an investment banker as well as a girlfriend from a wealthy family, recent graduate Tommy Quinn enjoys a privileged life of exclusive clubs, elite boardrooms, and luxury yachts, but finds that things are not as wonderful as he thought they would be.
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ISBN: 1594489343
ISBN13: 978-1594489341
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Classics
Author: Dana Vachon
Language: English
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover; 1st edition (April 5, 2007)
Pages: 304 pages
ePUB size: 1115 kb
FB2 size: 1976 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 114
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Marad
M&A is an extremely funny satire of the privileged elite who run Wall Street. While it is a great read, I can't help but feel that Vanchon is channeling Brett Easton Ellis. At times, the book seems like a synthesis of "Rules of Attraction", "American Psycho", and "Glamorama". In particular, the character of Roger Thorne seemed to be the literary twin of Victor Johnson (from Glamorama). I strongly suspect that this book is is based on real people who actually hold positions of responsibility within these megabanks, investment firms, and hedge funds. If so, it mocks the notion that these prestigious Investment firms are the guardians of capitalism they proport to be. If anything, the recent financial meltdown lends credibility to the author's assertion that Wall Street is out of control.
Kulafyn
I read this novel right after I finished Tom Wolfe's "I am Charlotte Simmons." I preferred Vachon's novel over Wolfe's by a huge margin. The writing was biting and funny, and I didn't find it patronizing. All in all, I very much enjoyed the book.
RUL
A comic romp dealing with the financial world and early employment after college. Some passages are so funny, I laughed out loud! The characters, even though seemingly over the top at times, ring true, and present archetypes that are unforgettable. The romantic plot line is heartfelt and also has a profound feeling of felt life. I look forward to more novels by this remarkable talent!
Risinal
I'm an investment banker at a regional firm so I always enjoy business biographies based around the biz. Unfortunately, half these books spend more time on New York society and the personal lives and desires of people more interested in the new hot restaurant than a good character based novel. In other words, Bonfire on the Vanities it's not.

The book synopsis on Amazon supplies the telling clue: a book along the lines of Bright Lights, Big City and Less Than Zero. If you like those two books, this is for you. For me, the significant time spent developing plot lines around the truly wealthy with whom he works and his privileged background which can only be described as upper middle class wears very thin. Another mother with a drinking problem. Another description of the girlfriend with a super wealthy but very dysfunctional family. It becomes very tedious.

However, there are passages of total irreverence that are quite entertaining. His closest friend of wealth who "brown noses" his way through the job but whose true goal is to bed beautiful women. His own miserable failings in his job at which he quickly recognizes he is terrible and attempts to search for a company angel to protect him from the inevitable firing is also interesting. And I must admit that the closing Latin American party on the yacht provides great comic relief.

Overall, mildly entertaining with no great attachment to the characters. An OK read that I would not recommend.
Rasmus
Great debut! Dana's abilities as a writer are remarkable. For better or worse, I'm sure this book will one day be made into a Hollywood movie.
Faebei
This was the most painful work of fiction I have ever had the displeasure to read.
Aiata
Solid 3.5 stars. Note to critics: This is NOT an M&A textbook, nor is it a serious work of sociology. It is a light parody of young rich kids straight out of college (where they mostly didn't learn anything) JUST starting out in their first "big" jobs. Not only are they on their own for the first time, but for many this is their first "real" job, for which they are utterly unqualified (as most of us are, just starting out) and where they're paid ridiculous amounts of money for jobs they can't do. Yes, they DO actually speak, think, and act this way. These are NOT the ones who will ultimately make Managing Director & land corner offices. These ARE the 85% who will be fired or otherwise fall by the wayside, usually in a hurry. The author is quite candid that he was NEVER going to make it in that environment. Yet his brief stumble through the Warhol-esque carnival of mirrors in the Capitalist Funhouse is funny, sardonic, and occasionally insightful.

Dana writes in the well-trod genre of books like Bonfire of the Vanities & movies like Wall Street, Wolf of Wall St., & Boiler Room. See e.g. Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City (the basic gist of which he regurgitates in nearly every subsequent book like Brightness Falls; Bright, Precious Days; Story of My Life; etc., etc.); Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero; Rules of Attraction; American Psycho - which is WAY more over the top, by the way); Michael Lewis's Liar's Poker, & The Money Culture; Stracher's Double Billing; LeFavre's Straight to Hell; Roose's Young Money; Cameron's Big Law; Miller's The Underwriting, etc etc ad infinitum. If you like that genre, you'll like this book. If not, don't buy it & then bemoan that its not Dostoevsky.