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Payback by Margaret Atwood
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Nov 10, 2009

it was amazing

Margaret Atwood is a wonderful writer although I'm not so keen on her futeristic books which I find rather depressing. Payback is not fiction but her analysis of the economy of our times subtitled Debt and the Shadow side of Wealth. She does an outline of the history of debt - she is wonderfully well read and pulls in illustrations from all sorts of history and literary sources. However the real pleasure is the slightly humorous, tongue in cheek way she writes which is simultaneously entertaining and thought provoking - not easy to achieve. Also her analysis of the modern economy and where we might be going is insightful and well informed. Her last chapter is a modern version of Dickens Christmas Carol with a 21st century Scrooge and how he the story may have played out in the present. Well worth reading

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