Extravagance A Novel William Tobias Merrick an energetic young man from the provinces travels to the big city in a time of great optimism and ferment hoping to make his mark on a frenzied money crazed society obsessed

  • Title: Extravagance: A Novel
  • Author: Gary Krist
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  • Page: 403
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • William Tobias Merrick, an energetic young man from the provinces, travels to the big city in a time of great optimism and ferment, hoping to make his mark on a frenzied, money crazed society obsessed with the promise of new technologies The city in question is London in the 1690s but it is also New York in the 1990s The new technologies are diving bells, pneumatic wincWilliam Tobias Merrick, an energetic young man from the provinces, travels to the big city in a time of great optimism and ferment, hoping to make his mark on a frenzied, money crazed society obsessed with the promise of new technologies The city in question is London in the 1690s but it is also New York in the 1990s The new technologies are diving bells, pneumatic winches, and sucking worm drainage engines but they are also wireless telecommunication devices, patented biotechnology processes, and revolutionary electronic Internet routers Only the sense of unlimited possibility remains the same throughout.Unfolding simultaneously in two distant but remarkably similar periods of history, Extravagance is a comic, pictaresque novel of financial mania, the story of a world gripped by a terminal case of irrational exuberance Navigating the perils of both eras is a single cast of characters Will himself, a young man on the make, eager to do whatever it takes to make his fortune Will s uncle and sponsor Gilbert Hawking, a shrewd businessman with one foot in the Old Economy and one in the New Benjamin Fletcher, the developer of a pioneering new technology destined to set the world on fire and Theodore Witherspoon, the cheerfully unscrupulous wizard of the financial markets who promises to make them all wealthy beyond their dreams.Meanwhile, Will s aspirations are complicated by his pursuit of Ben Fletcher s sister, Eliza, the gorgeous and disconcertingly aggressive woman who is as desirable as she is elusive Can Will succeed in his efforts to win both Eliza and the fortune that her brother s new technology seems likely to bring him And can he make it all happen before the general euphoria of the age reaches its inevitable climax Extravagance is a uniquely conceived work of high comic entertainment an ultra smart time machine of a novel that proves that both love and greed are timeless.From the Hardcover edition.

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    433 thoughts on “Extravagance: A Novel”

    1. Yes, the premise was clever. The book itself is incredibly dull. It's like having your prospectus read to you by a guy in a wig and cravat.


    2. Gary Krist's Extravagance: A Novel had potential. A clever concept drew me to the novel initially, but this conceit alone was not enough to hold my attention. Extravagance tells the story of William Merrick through two time periods and two countries, London at the beginning of the stock market and New Economy and New York City near the end of the 90s tech bubble. Will wants to make his fortune playing the stocks and takes incredibly risks to do so. Will's lust for money in both eras is put into [...]


    3. The idea is clever and it is true that the two moments captured in the book have a lot of similarities. But the book never goes anywhere, the main character remains a shallow thoughtless putz despite having very good advice to the contrary. If I'm going to spend a whole book with an annoyingly self-centered character, I want there to be a payoff- some kind of redemption or lesson learned. Nope. Nothing. He doesn't seem to fundamentally understand his huge character flaws. The plot is also disapp [...]


    4. I liked the idea of the storyline told from two very distinct eras in history. I constantly wondered how the author would resolve the two storylines into one. As the conclusion of the novel loomed, I thought perhaps the main character was delusionalbut that was not the case. I wish that the story had resolved itself, but, for me, sadly it did not.


    5. I loved the premise: The story is told as one character and the similarities and differences of his life as lived in the sixteen century and modern times in an alternating pattern. Though the topic of finance itself was a bit droll for me, I found the book charming and clever.



    6. When I first heard about this book most the reviews I saw on here were less that stellar and that almost turned me off the idea of reading it, but luckily my lust for the Concept prevailed, because I honestly thought this was pretty good. The Concept being, first of all, excellent: one of those back-and-forth through time books that I am an absolute sucker for. The execution, even better, I've never read one before that did it quite like Extravagance with the two stories- 1990s NY and 1690s Lond [...]


    7. Un bon roman d'initiation. Le génie de l'auteur est de l'avoir situé à deux périodes en même temps, Londres à la fin du 17ème siècle et New York en 1999. J'avoue que j'ai été sacrément bluffée car les transitions entre les deux périodes sont absolument parfaites. Le narrateur utilise la langue de chaque époque (l'anglais du 17ème n'étant pas très aisé à comprendre), ce qui ajoute un intérêt linguistique en plus de l'intérêt historique. Au-delà les personnages sont un peu [...]


    8. Why are there so many books like this? (And by this, I mean books that unfold paralleley in two different time periods with a common theme.) I mean, there's Revolution and Radiant Days and some more I can't remember. Hmm


    9. This is quite a different book. I like how Krist used the same characters in two different times and locations to tell one story. I was confused at first, but I quickly caught on to the shifting times and locations. Amazing concept.


    10. not a very good book -- the premise is clever but the execution is not that nice. it's boring, the characters are bland and are extremely annoying as well.


    11. I didn't finish this book. I enjoyed the old England part much more than the modern part, which required more interest in finance than I have.




    12. found in my office without the jacket—if I finished it (doubtful) I don’t remember. Purchased book, not sure when it was attempted in ’13.


    13. I love the way Krist intertwined two stories into his novels and Extravagance did this in an interesting way. I really enjoy the mini cliffhangers when he shifts between stories.


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