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Paul Murray’s THE MARK AND THE VOID


But all those worries were quickly dispelled. The prologue sunk its hooks straight into me, setting up the book perfectly which Paul Murray skillfully rides all the way to an absolutely brilliantly ending that is nothing short of genius. This is essentially a comedy set in a Dublin investment bank post-Global Financial Crisis.  While there doesn’t seem to be much to laugh about the financial crisis in Europe Paul Murray has written a witty and insightful novel that will have you in stitches. At the same time he blurs the lines between the reader and the writer with a meta storyline that doesn’t just have everything come full circle upon itself but creates an almost helix that keeps going even after you finish the book!

Claude is a French banker working for a multi-national investment bank based in the tax and legal void that is Dublin. Claude’s bank is one of the few banks left that is doing well but Claude is living a solitary existence, making money but essentially nothing else. When he meets a writer, Paul, who wants to base a novel around him Claude is intrigued. But as Paul begins his research Claude quickly discovers that not all is what it appears to be. Not with Paul or his novel. And not with his bank, clients or coworkers.

This is an insanely clever read and easily the funniest book I have read this year. If you loved Skippy Dies you have to read this, if you haven’t you have to read both! A cutting and penetrating look at the post-GC world and how nothing has really changed that will make you snort with laughter!

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ISBN: 9780241146668 ISBN-10: 0241146666 Classification: Fiction & related items » Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) Format: Paperback (216mm x 138mm x 36mm) Pages: 480 Imprint: Hamish Hamilton Ltd Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publish Date: 30-Jul-2015 Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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