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The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
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it was ok
bookshelves: biographies-memoirs, non-fiction

Disappointed.

The book starts off like a Hollywood screenplay and does hold some promise in the first few pages. Alas this isn't a book about Wall Street! What ensues is a repetition of a series of anecdotes about drugs, hookers and illegal money making schemes of a rather dysfunctional individual.

This is an autobiographical account of trader from the late 80s early 90s yuppie generation who believed the world was his playground and anything that made him more money and brought him pleasure was his for the taking. It's a rather comical account of his life with some truly bizarre incidents that sound that they were totally written for a movie.

There are a few chapters that deal with really gritty financial dealings and probably only those well acquainted with that world would truly appreciate them. Yep, I did enjoy those portions of the book!

The author obviously is recounting his glory days which he later admits were't his noblest. Nonetheless the absolutely insane shenanigans and over the top experiences of the protagonist are kinda too much to handle.

The last few chapters provide a tad relief from the drug infused lifestyle of the protagonist, but not enough to rid you off the sour taste of the remaining book.

I chose to read this book after catching the trailer of the Martin Scorsese movie adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio. So obviously I pictured the talented actor as I was reading this book. However there are a number of chapters in the book where I find it hard to picture Leo enacting them on screen, but then again he's a great actor, so who knows!

Overall, I'm kinda disappointed with the book and wouldn't recommend it unless you're in the mood to learn how different drugs (prescription or otherwise) can be combined in a perfect balance while you are being given a blow job by a set of high priced hookers aboard a private jet headed to Zurich. On second thought, maybe you'd like reading about that kind of stuff!
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Reading Progress

November 4, 2013 – Shelved
November 4, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
November 4, 2013 –
page 13
2.46% "Just finished the prologue. Quite interesting."
November 5, 2013 – Started Reading
November 5, 2013 –
page 22
4.17% "Reads like a Hollywood flick from the very first chapter. I can see the allure to make this into a motion picture."
November 6, 2013 –
page 36
6.82% "The Duchess."
November 11, 2013 –
page 45
8.52%
November 13, 2013 –
page 53
10.04%
November 14, 2013 –
page 64
12.12%
November 14, 2013 –
page 77
14.58%
November 17, 2013 –
page 84
15.91%
November 18, 2013 –
page 88
16.67%
November 19, 2013 –
page 99
18.75%
November 27, 2013 –
page 103
19.51%
November 27, 2013 –
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20.83%
December 11, 2013 –
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25.95%
December 16, 2013 –
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28.22%
December 23, 2013 –
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30.3%
January 4, 2014 –
page 193
36.55%
January 4, 2014 –
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37.12%
January 5, 2014 –
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40.91%
January 5, 2014 –
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42.99%
January 5, 2014 –
page 239
45.27%
January 5, 2014 –
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48.67%
January 6, 2014 –
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50.19%
January 6, 2014 –
page 273
51.7%
January 7, 2014 –
page 281
53.22%
January 7, 2014 –
page 301
57.01%
January 8, 2014 –
page 310
58.71%
January 9, 2014 –
page 320
60.61%
January 10, 2014 –
page 350
66.29%
January 10, 2014 –
page 362
68.56%
January 11, 2014 –
page 364
68.94%
January 12, 2014 –
page 374
70.83%
January 12, 2014 –
page 386
73.11%
January 13, 2014 –
page 405
76.7%
January 13, 2014 –
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78.41%
January 14, 2014 –
page 425
80.49%
January 14, 2014 –
page 430
81.44%
January 14, 2014 –
page 434
82.2%
January 15, 2014 –
page 451
85.42%
January 16, 2014 –
page 466
88.26%
January 16, 2014 –
page 475
89.96%
January 17, 2014 –
page 508
96.21%
January 17, 2014 – Finished Reading
June 21, 2018 – Shelved as: biographies-memoirs
June 21, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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