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Frozen Desire [Paperback]

James Buchan
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7 Aug 1998
New Statesman Book of the Year and Winner of the 1997 Duff Cooper Prize

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  • Paperback: 9999 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New Ed edition (7 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330369318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330369312
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Frozen Desire is concerned with humanity itself. Describing a portrait of Judas, Buchan observes: “Money provokes people to act, for the sake of payment, in a fashion that, if they knew how the action would turn out, they would not contemplate.” This sustained, wide-ranging essay has a spiritual quality’ Paul Bailey, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year ‘A delightfully quirky book about one man’s obsession with everybody else’s obsession with money . . . a great read’ William Keegan, Guardian ‘An original, elegant, powerful and often beautiful work . . . Buchan in full flow is magnificent’ Nick Cohen, New Statesman ‘Easily the most pleasure I’ve had from a book this year . . . A journey through the dangerous and little-exposed country between the novelist’s rough pasture and the neat fields of the economist’ Martin Taylor, Sunday Telegraph ‘Buchan’s picture of monetary “culture” strikes me as irrefutable’ Michael Dirda, Washington Post ‘A fascinating book, full of learning and poetically written . . . For its many insight into what money has meant to different people in history, as well as for its passion, Frozen Desire deserves to be read’ The Economist

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5.0 out of 5 stars First Class 26 Nov 2008
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A superb, prize-winning and intellectually rigerous study of the ascent of money. The approach is, at one and the same time, historical, literary and entertaining. One chapter covers the personal experiences of the author's grandfather (the author, John Buchan) as a result of the calamitous collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank, a watermark on the books of British financial history that remains much under-researched. This chapter is indicative of the others: fascinating original historical research is recounted in the beautiful and highly readable prose of a great novelist. As the unmistakable smell of used banknotes gives life to the bookkeeper's balance sheet, so does Buchan infuse the history of money with personality and drama. Pure joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frozen Desire 10 Nov 2011
Having read the author's biography of Adam Smith a few years ago, I had meant to read this book but had put it off for sometime. It is a delight. It is an essay that is thoughtful, considered and provocative and the arguments are brought alive by reference to art, literature and a colourful cast of characters. What is particularly interesting reading the book in 2011 is the prescience of the author with regard to the financial crisis, the recession and the Euro.
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