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The Coffee Trader by David Liss
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Apr 12, 2009

it was amazing
Read in April, 2009

With all my other obligations lately, I have been so tired that I have not been up to my usual readable self...

The Coffee Trader is keeping me engaged! During this story, Amsterdam has already emerged as the center of the world's trade, attracting merchants from every land of importance. This is the story of Miguel, and many other characters of Jewish decent, who escaped to Amsterdam from many countries for religious freedom. Amsterdam drew these immigrants into the trade and commodities business. Plots and intrigue occur in every new chapter. It is hard to know who to trust and who not to trust. Should one buy or sell? Lives are ruined; fortunes are made.
Miguel is a sharp-witted trader who has lost a fortune, owes debts up to his eye-balls, but remains cool and collected as he engages in the European coffee trade. Alonzo Alferonda is another engaging character who reappears every other chapter or so in what are called "The Factual and Revealing Memoirs of Alonzo Alferonda."
If I lose a few days of reading, I have to go back and reread parts to remember who is who. By page 167, I think I've got it down! This is not to discourage any of you from reading this marvelous story. You just have to stay with it because the plots between friends and enemies keep changing. This is the first book of this kind that I have read. It is really fast paced. I am fascinated how the author thought this one through. I don't even have a hint how it will all turn out!
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message 1: by Anne (new)

Anne I heard good things about this book when it first came out. Now you've confirmed those reports, so I'll add the title to my list (about 800 books strong, of course).

Anne Serafin

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