The Exchange-Rate Between Love and Money
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The Exchange-Rate Between Love and Money

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A dysfunctional love story set in Sarajevo 2003 amid reconstruction programs, mercenaries, black marketers, private enterprise initiatives, the UN and the international justice business. It is a brilliantly original and funny new voice in fiction.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Harvill Secker
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I emerged from The Exchange-rate between Love and Money not entirely sure what I just read. The Frito-Bannerman-Clare love triangle wasn't as prominent as the blurb makes it out to be. Instead, the narrative seemed like a roving camera capturing raw footage of the expat scene in 2003 Sarajevo. That historical moment, with hints of mysticism at how the city survived the long siege, horror at what had happened during the Bosnian war, and a bit of the Wild West as an alphabet soup of international...more
Reminiscent of of books by Michael Chabon and Gary Shteyngart, mainly because of the topic and Baltic setting. A bit whacky and difficult to follow but drop dead hysterical in parts. My friend Greg had this to say about this book (and I concur):

"This is an amazing book, set in present day Bosnia. It's a first novel (always a good sign) by someone who is a highly regarded painter, and he somehow really does make you see all the things he's writing about. And the book is artistic not only in its d...more
Interesting place and time to learn about, though story dragged several times. Too many narrators, or seen through their thoughts sections.
Chris O'Brien
It took me about seven months to get through this book. I started reading a few pages each night before bed. And then, a couple weeks ago, I finally started plowing through it. It's beautifully written, though the plot, about post-war Sarajevo, is tough to follow. Buy I stuck with it because the writing was poetic, and just didn't worry too much about following the plot or the characters. Yes, sounds odd. I highly recommend, and even re-read the first 20 pages after finishing, to try to better u...more
This story got better as I read, but I almost put it down a couple of times. Mostly the story seemed a little chaotic at times. Fortunately things were all tied together eventually, but it didn't always make sense how things were related to each other. The other thing I didn't really like about the novel is that it feels like a 300+ page advertisement for the beer the author imports/sells/represents (or something). It was interesting to read a story set in Sarajevo, but it didn't really do a lot...more
It was difficult for me to make it through this book. I thought there were too many characters, and I didn't like any of them. Leveritt assumed that the reader knew a lot about Sarajevo and privatized military (which I don't). It got a little more interesting in the last 50 pages, when the plot moved more quickly and some of the characters had captured a war criminal, but overall, I didn't enjoy the book.
Very well done book focusing on the political situation in Bosnia post the UN's intervention. Revolves around a man lured there by his best friend in pursuit of hitting in rich, but instead ends up pursuing a woman already there (love, money, exchange rate, this is pretty obvious from the title). There are also war criminals, who are always fun.
Aid workers in former yugoslavia. good tale, and a taste of what expat life is like in place tettering on edge of law and order
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Thomas Leveritt is an award-winning portrait painter. He has also worked as a computer programmer, biodiesel manufacturer and beer distributor. Raised in Dallas, Texas, he was sent at age eight to boarding school in the United Kingdom, where he now lives. The Exchange-Rate between Love and Money was awarded a Betty Trask first novel award.
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