The Financial Lives Of The Poets
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  • The Financial Lives Of The Poets
ISBN: 0061916056
EAN13: 9780061916052
Language: English
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 8" L x 5.31" W
Weight: 0.98 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

What happens when small-time reporter Matthew Prior quits his job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse?

Before long, he wakes up to find himself jobless, hobbled with debt, spying on his wife's online flirtation, and six days away from losing his home. . . . Until, one night on a desperate two a.m. run to 7-Eleven, he falls in with some local stoners, and they end up hatching the biggest--and most misbegotten--plan yet.

The cover of this paperback edition comes in three different colors: green, blue, and orange.

--Washington Post

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   I was glad I stuck with the bad times and read all ...
The book is well written. It began as a downer and continued to stay that way through most of the book, but then it became rather amusing and ended up on a high note. I was glad I stuck with the bad times because it was better than I thought it would be. The author wrote a book called Beautiful Ruins. There was no comparison to Beautiful Ruins.
 
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   funny, poignant
I want some of what Jess Walter is taking. He's got to be like the Beatles. I was floored by that line, but I am still floored by that line. There isn't anything that can prepare you for the experience that Jess Walters seemed to have. Beautiful Ruins and Lives of Poets are the best books I have read in a long time. Move over F. Scott. Fitzgerald.
 
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   That guy
Have you ever called a friend to make you feel better about your life, even if he was worse off than you? The main character of The Financial Lives of Poets is Matt Prior. JessWalters can turn a phrase, tell a story, make you laugh, and then feel sad about life's opportunities that just slip away.
 
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   Original and Hilarious
This is one of the funniest novels I' ve ever read. It's like a shaggy dog story, unfolding wackier and wackier as you read it. I have bought copies of it for special people. This could be the perfect solution if you want a lift during difficult times. This is not intended to be career advice.
 
5
   Amazing Book
Jesse Walter is an amazing author. He tells a story of drug use and financial ruin. The sad thing is that his story is very similar to the TV series " Breaking Bad", and the two were released within a year of each other, so in my mind the comparisons were constant. This is an excellent read and well worth your time.
 
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   Convoluted, Strange, Marvelous
The title, The Financial Lives of the Poets, married two concepts. The man is Mr. Prior, a newspaper man who was let go because of cutbacks stumbled into a group of pot- smoking young men and attempted to replace his prior income by dealing drugs is fanciful, but enjoyable. Many of the bad guys were not that bad. He made his life work again without regaining the trappings he thought were important, even though he lost his home and other worldly possessions. There is no miracle cure for what ails him, but rather, a gentle awareness that when one loses everything, all is not lost.
 
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