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The Privileges by Jonathan  Dee
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Jun 19, 2010

it was ok
Read in June, 2010

The Privileges is a disjointed contemporary novel about a Manhattan family who has everything, yet they still want more. Adam and Cynthia marry young as he climbs the corporate ladder in a small Wall Street investment firm. A company man, Adam devotes most of his waking hours to working as a financial whiz, rather then enjoying his wife and two children. His privileged life is mapped out before him, yet at a charity fundraiser that the firm's unspoken rules dictate he attend, Adam makes an unnecessary deal with the devil. Cut to part two where illicit money is pouring in and Adam and Cynthia spend more time with their various charities than their kids. One expects Adam to face the consequences of his underhanded actions, but the unsatisfied wait is endless. Morally and ethically bankrupt, this golden couple buy their way out of any uncomfortable situation with nary a thought. Poor Adam and Cynthia's kids aren't happy, either, despite the family's staggering, Kennedyesque wealth. Like father, like son, the kids risk it all to feel alive. Daughter April barely escapes a nasty accident, while son Jonas suffers through a crazy predicament. Sure, the rich are different as Fitzgerald pointed out, but it's far from a privilege to read about such soulless beings, given this post-Madoff, post bank bailout climate.

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