The Dismal Science: A Novel by Peter Mountford

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Read The Dismal Science: A Novel Online Free - The Dismal Science tells of a middle-aged vice president at the World Bank, Vincenzo D’Orsi, who publicly quits his job over a seemingly minor argument with a colleague. A scandal inevitably ensues, and he systematically burns every bridge to his former life. After abandoning his career, Vincenzo, a recent widower, is at a complete loss as to what to do with himself. The story follows his efforts to rebuild his identity without a vocation or the company of his wife.

An exploration of the fragile nature of identity, The Dismal Science reveals the terrifying speed with which a person’s sense of self can be annihilated. It is at once a study of a man attempting to apply his reason to the muddle of life and a book about how that same ostensible rationality, and the mathematics of finance in particular, operates—with similarly dubious results—in our world.

Title : The Dismal Science: A Novel
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ISBN : 1935639722
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 276 pages


Bill rated it ★★★★★

January 29, 2014

Great book. Bought it earlier this week and it was so drawn in by it that I used every free moment to find out what was going to happen to Vincenzo next and finished it in a day. From the title and description you might think that you need to have knowledge and/or interest in economics, internatio...

Eli rated it ★★★★★

March 18, 2014

I'm lucky that I know Peter Mountford personally. Because if I didn't I'm not sure that I would have ever picked up his novels--A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism and, now, A Dismal Science. International economics and the nuanced moral issues implicit in them was a field I left behind in col...

Raphaela rated it ★★★★☆

March 03, 2014

My review of The Dismal Science in the L Magazine: This novelist’s first book, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism, zoomed in on a player in the economic crises of the aughts, an ambitious young hedge fund employee with dollar signs in his eyes who negotiated his way through the ethics of getti...

Liz rated it ★★★★★

December 13, 2013

The Dismal Science is the haunting story of an economist at the World Bank who has lost his wife and begins a process of deconstructing his life. The author skillfully draws you into the psyche of Vincenzo who like many of us is lost within his life. Through his own decisions, he loses his job an...

Philip rated it ★★★★★

October 09, 2017

Almost gave up on this a couple chapters in but I'm so glad I didn't. This is a book every middle aged man will find truthful, at least a little depressing, and immensely personal. I'm shocked that so young an author could have so concisely captured that experience.

Jenn rated it ★★★★☆

June 21, 2014

The Dismal Science is a subtle and painful journey out of the tunnel of heartbreak. Vincenzo D'Orsi is a man whose only identity is his job. His wife has passed, his daughter grown and gone. He has only one real friend and his connections to all other people are peripheral and fragmented. On a da...

Batya7 rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 22, 2014

I picked up this book at the library expecting it to be as scintillating as the comments on the cover: "…completely up-put-downable....", "...a terrific main character...", " extremely impressive imagining…." Instead, I found a well-written but dismally dull and muddled tale of a man's life...

Shawn rated it ★★★☆☆

May 13, 2014

More 2.5, but the writing was stellar enough to let it sit with a half star more than it rightly deserved. I finished reading it and sat silently, hand to my throat, weighted -- stupefied, really, that a book could end up being so disappointing after showing so much promise. It was practically br...

Tuck rated it ★★★★☆

April 08, 2015

a reader could see this novel as a continuation of the "young man's guide..." A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism (superior i thought to this one, or at least more visceral moral conundrums about usa brand capitalism) as the old man's guide. the protag vincenzo has lost his wife, and then quit...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

May 26, 2014

This novel focuses on a prominent member of the World Bank who somewhat rashly blows up his career. It is a story of an epic midlife crisis -- but it is also the story of why we do the things we do economically, politically, and morally. The writing is terrific. It would be interesting to compare...

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