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The Privileges by Jonathan  Dee
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Apr 02, 2010

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Read from April 02 to 03, 2010

3 1/2 stars. This novel is fun to read but doesn't really offer any insights into accountability on a personal level for financial success. Cynthia and Adam marry early in the book, younger than is fashionable these days. Too quickly to register, they are Manhattanites with two kids (April and Jonas), living what would seem an enviable life. Each character's arc seems predestined to succeed, but Jonas's is the only one that defies conventionality and branches out to creativity. The story slides smoothly forward, and dangers are sidestepped. Burnished couple with privilege, they pass this sense of entitlement onto their kids. Where this novel veers from the predictable is that there is no paying of dues, no real struggle. They start out with very little conflict, and their deep connection with each other seems enough to keep them in their stratosphere. The writing style is generalized, nonjudgmental and holds interest in a voyeuristic kind of way, which is comment enough on the author's feelings about his characters.

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