Ghosts of Manhattan
It’s 2005. Nick Farmer is a thirty-five-year-old bond trader with Bear Stearns clearing seven figures a year. The novelty of a wor ...more
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The author, Douglass Brunt, is a decent writer and storyteller. The novel makes that much clear. However, he is not a consistent writer (at least not in this text). Starting the novel, ...more
You will learn nothing about bond trading or selling, mortgage-backed securities or the reasons for the financial crisis of 2008 from reading this book. Whatever you learn from Brunt's supposed "insider" view is trite, recycled or simply incorrect.
It wouldn't be so bad if the plot was believable or the characters finely drawn. But there isn't much of a plot, the characters are as ...more
However, the main character's struggle never felt real to me. The question you're supposed to be asking throughout the book is, "Will Nick Farmer make it out of Wall Street with his soul intact?" And yet Brunt provided no real reason why Farmer had stayed at his job to begin with. His wife wants him to quit, he constantly complains a ...more
Great writing and narrative. As far as the main character, he's unhappy with his job and I think it's a great example of how a seven-figure income cannot buy happiness. He lacks direction because, as he says in the book, he got this job right out of college and hasn't done / doesn't know how to do anything else. I identified with that feeling.
Two relatively small complaints: The sex scene near the beginning was unnecessary and cheapened both characters. Because of i ...more
Still, I think it's his first book, so I'm willing to give him another chance because his plots all seem to have potential.
The Ghosts of Manhattan was released in 2012. It’s written in the voice of one Nick Farmer. He is a dissatisfied insider at Wallstreet who continues to work for people he considers jerks. Also, he rears, with a mix of bullying and indifference, kids fresh out of college to lead a life he so thoroughly despises. He has a lingering sense of disgust for what his life has beco ...more
Nick Farmer is a callous, self-deprecating trader at Bear Stearns. He hates his job, doesn't like his coworkers, and is sick of the late nights and the strain it's been putting on his marriage to his wife, Julia. In the course of the novel, Nick gets nearer and nearer to a moment of crisis and an existential meltdown. The threads of Nick's life keep ripping, one by one.
While most of the time the reader hates Nick Farmer, he hates himself so much that you ...more
I wasn’t expecting a very good novel despite the fact that it is a New York Times Best Seller. But from the start I enjoyed it and could not put it down. I thought that he might be lightweight. Boy was I surprised!
His dialogues were a reflection of what ...more
Category – Fiction/Literature
Several years ago I read a book called “The Wolf of Wall Street”, the true story of a Wall Street broker who lived an unbelievable life of incredible amounts of money, alcohol, drugs, and sex. The extravagance was so great that he ran up a hotel bill of over $700,000.00 and never blinked an eye.
The “Ghosts of Manhattan” is a fictional story of a Wall Street broker that pretty much fills the same bi ...more
I bought Ghosts of Manhattan: A Novel because the e-book was on sale, and it sounded interesting enough. The world of Wall Street is way different from what I know or live in my day to day, so it was interesting to have an "insider" perspective. That being said, I hated every single character, especially the narrator, our main character, Nick Farmer. He hates his job completely, but feels stuck because the money is so great and he really hasn't developed any skill or talent that can make him th...more
Although I was excited to start this book, the thought of reading a fictional book about banking, lending, and finance was a little daunting at first. I worked for a major bank for almost five years and I like to view reading as an escape from all those things so I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it. I was so pleasantly surprised though, Douglas Brunt did so many things so well!
Douglas Brunt does for financing what John Grisham does for law: mak ...more
There’s no place like Wall Street to showcase a mid-life crisis and that is what Ghosts of Manhattan is about.
Brunt is an entertaining writer and proficient in the way I imagine a Hollywood scriptwriter would be – smart, incisive, fast-paced, with a pulse on the times. He captures the angst of a mid-30s bond trader who perhaps has always had an escape route planned but never taken it. The money at Bear Stearns is just too good, and the perks legendary. The lifestyle, however, has tak ...more
Most reviews I see, people didn't like Nick...for some reason he grew on me. At first he was unlikable, but maybe I identify with him a little in his struggle to do what's right even when his instinct ...more
Nick Farmer is a successful trader with a seven figure income. His work includes motivating the people under him and other traders toward working hard for Bear Stearns and selling their products. This after work activity includes alcoholic binges, cocaine, strip joints and prostitutes. Eventually, this life begins to take a toll on N ...more
'Trophy Son' is his third novel. He is the author of New York Times bestseller 'Ghosts of Manhattan' and 'The Means'.