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I actually quite liked the film, but the book is awful. It's impressive how Belfort makes a life of debauchery sound so utterly dull, while at the same time being infuriatingly awful to everyone around him. Every page is a laundry list of how many drugs he's taken and how many people he's screwed over. His constant, heavy racism is jarring (the way he talks about a Chinese associate is pretty disgusting).
The tone of the protagonist is hard to swallow, especially towards the end when he is remarkably offhand about abusing his wife and rants about how conniving she is. I *think* he's attempting brutal honesty and it's just meant as a literal recollection of his disgusting attitude at the time. However, when you're relating thoughts that make you sound that much of a scumbag, you need some disclaimers that you now realise that you were wrong.
I actually skipped to the last section of the book, just to read about his downfall. I haven't finished the book yet, because at 80-something per cent into the book, it's STILL long lists of drugs he's taken and how he's abused his wife, friends and colleagues. I'm the kind of person who reads a short book like this in a day or two. It's been three weeks, I took a 12 hour plane ride with nothing but my kindle, and I've skipped most of the book- and I still haven't managed to finish it.