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Boomerang by Michael Lewis
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Dec 21, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: did-not-finish

I am so, SO disappointed by this book. It starts out with a very interesting premise, and with the promise of being a good book. STARTS is the key word here. The first few chapters were interesting. I learned things about Iceland, Greece and Ireland and their debt situations that blew me out of the water. But really - what in the world were you thinking Michael Lewis?! The chapter on Germany was so, so crass it was inexcusable. Truly. I was about 30 pages from finishing the book and I REFUSE to do it for fear of what in the world I might run into in the last chapter, even though I think he has confined all of that weirdness into that chapter on Germany. It's just not worth it to me. You've totally lost me as one who can ever be excited about your books because you have lost my respect. Crass things do NOT belong in a book like this. I don't want to pick up a non-fiction book about the world's financial situation and have to worry about the author's narrative. Seriously. Totally disappointing. Don't read it.

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Dave Weird review. I have no idea what 'crassness' you are talking about. Just finished it and thought it was great.

Derek Kat's probably referring to the incessant literal crap theme that was the basis for the entire German chapter. If you have no idea what she could possibly be referring to, you either didn't read that chapter, or can't fathom that another person could be revolted of human waste. The book was good at pointing the enormity of the global problem we are facing, but at times I thought that the author viewed it as a vehicle for dumping on other nations and their ignorant inhabitants. I enjoyed the pheasant analogy in the last chapter, but was left longing for proposed solutions to our predicament in the end.

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