Dead Cat Bounce Paperback – 1 Mar 2013
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Seth Freedman, the whistle blower at the centre of the UK gas price fixing saga writes about the 'seismic event last week [which] saw a triumvirate of broking firms seek to wrest control of the setting of gas prices, with the launch of their own benchmark, dubbed the Tankard Index --The Huffington Post
About the Author
Seth Freedman is a former stockbroker who has served in the Israeli Army. He has written more than 300 articles for the "Guardian" and is the author of "Binge Trading," a nonfiction book based on his trading career.
Top Customer Reviews
I loved the book, and feel dirty for it. Nothing about this novel is comfortable, you want to hope for redemption but know none is deserved. This is the underbelly, the grim road, the enemy at our gates. From start to finish we ride the rollercoaster of lies, drugs, deceit and descent. The protagonist thinks he is in control, and craves it. Control, however, is never found.
The influences of James Frey and Bret Easton Ellis are clear from the start, but the darker figure of Rodion Raskolnikov lurks behind our doomed protagonist. We are in the mind of a monster.
Freedman has a dark reading of modern life, of a life of plenty. This novel is a rejection of the world and values that so much of the world dream of. It is a slap in the face of conventional wisdom, or maybe a kid throwing his toys out of the pram.
A special mention for the parts of the book that flow like streams of consciousness, gambling, drugs, girls rush through pages like the high nights they are, the heart palpitates unnaturally, we are there, we feel it, we love it and we are guilty. Genius.
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Main one is that the way it pilfers from Brett Easton Ellis (Less than Zero, Glamorama, and American Psycho) and James Frey (A million little pieces) is so obvious that it's kinda distracting.
It feels like 2 books jammed together into one. There's a terrible disconnect between his time in London, and his time in Israel.
His time in the City is puzzling - I don't even know why it made it into the book, if it was to be treated so perfunctorily.
The Mossad handlers just seem to be there to provide a way to shift the plot in any way that Freedman requires.
The pace, especially through the drink and drug fuelled sections, is frantic. Images come and go within seconds as the lead character gives his own insight into a version of hedonism that focuses on detachment and pain as his escape. The journey goes from West Hampstead, to the trading floor, through to the West Bank via a series of diary like entries into the world of an addict.
The tragedy of the piece is the feeling that for all of us there are aspects of this character that we can relate to, the feeling of 'what if I had grown up with that wealth?'. The lead character is a flawed, broken human who struggles for something to interest or grab him enough to focus on for any meaningful length of time. The inevitable march towards total self destruction is gripping to read.
I would whole heatedly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got bored with this and gave up - too much just to shock. I felt nothing for the main character.Published 17 months ago by Jennie E
If you like Bret Easton Ellis you should buy this book. The book is a great commentary on North West London and I heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a punchy read. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2014 by Rahwa
I started reading this expecting the break-necked narration to slow down. . . It didn't. Even though the narration is relentlessly fast, the pace of the plot undulates which helps... Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2013 by Ed