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Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne
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Jul 18, 12

Read from July 18 to 22, 2012

An enjoyable debut that scouts out the causes célèbres of our days via the narration of a young financial whizz kid from Doha. Despite the combustible subject matter, there is much restraint - we know that 9/11 is round the corner but the action stops before this and any foreshadowing is kept to a minimum.

The grotesque nature of the financial sector in New York, complete with its $400 bottles of champagne, sub-Jackass humour and naked greed is rightly exposed - although never to the extent that the characterization becomes unsubtle, while the tension between traditional Muslim society and the modern West is everywhere apparent.

It's also a good New York novel and recreates well what it means to live in the city as an outsider in recent times. The bizarre nature of the language we have come to use is also playfully exposed.
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