Human Capital

Human Capital It s the spring of and Drew Hagel has spent the last decade watching things slip away his first marriage his real estate brokerage his beloved daughter Shannon now a distant and mysterious h

  • Title: Human Capital
  • Author: Stephen Amidon
  • ISBN: 9780374173500
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It s the spring of 2001, and Drew Hagel has spent the last decade watching things slip away his first marriage, his real estate brokerage, his beloved daughter, Shannon, now a distant and mysterious high school senior He is in danger of losing his place in the affluent suburb that his father once ruled And then an unexpected friendship with Quint Manning, the manager ofIt s the spring of 2001, and Drew Hagel has spent the last decade watching things slip away his first marriage, his real estate brokerage, his beloved daughter, Shannon, now a distant and mysterious high school senior He is in danger of losing his place in the affluent suburb that his father once ruled And then an unexpected friendship with Quint Manning, the manager of a secretive hedge fund, opens to Drew the prospect of vast, frictionless wealth What Drew doesn t know is that Manning has problems of his own his Midas touch is abandoning him his restless wife, Carrie, is growing disillusioned with all that new money and his hard drinking son, Jamie, Shannon s classmate, is careering out of control.As the fortunes of the two families become perilously interwoven, a terrible accident involving Shannon and Jamie gives Drew the leverage he needs to stay in the game But his decision to speculate with human lives instead of money has unforeseen consequences and brings the novel to a devastating climax Human Capital is the highest achievement to date of a powerful and perceptive novelist The Washington Post and a realist for our times.

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    1. Ho incominciato a interessarmi al romanzo di Stephen Amidon, Capitale umano (2004), quando è apparso nelle sale il film di Paolo Virzì che ne ambienta la storia nella verde Brianza, dove abito.Questa Bella storia di adolescenti non ancora corrotti dalla nebbia sulfurea dell'avidità e dell'ambizione è calata originariamente dal suo autore a Totten Crossing, una località immaginaria del Connecticut; una landa verdeggiante e boschiva abbastanza prossima all'isola di Manhattan da permettere ai [...]

    2. Suburbia is such an easy target for clever novelists that it's hard to believe there's anyone left to mow the lawn. The much maligned conformity of housewives bearing Jell-O salads is matched only by a phalanx of authors goose-stepping down Main Street to the beat of their satiric anthem. From John Updike's "Rabbit, Run" in 1960 to Tom Perrotta's "Little Children" this spring, we've been taught that the 'burbs are a den of spiritual malaise, sexual anxiety, and consumer frustration.Stephen Amido [...]

    3. I personally liked it. It sort of resembles Franzen's novels, at least for the type of characters he depicts, ugly ones, people you wou.d not like to live in your neighborhood. Probably in the very end the uglyness gets even heavier than Franzen's people, who in the end you sort of start liking. Here I wonder who could be saved.So apart from the story of these two families, the way Amidon tells it it is also very intereststing, mixing different POVs giving a different view, and most of the times [...]

    4. Davvero avvincente questo libro di Amindon. Una bella storia che cresce con un sincronismo perfetto. I personaggi che sono delineati benissimo così come i rapporti che si sviluppano tra di loro. Poi il "fattaccio" e le indagini che ne conseguono. Tutto fila alla perfezione fino al colpo di scena che apre un finale davvero sbrigativo e banalotto, che nel giro di qualche decina di pagine ci fa dire addio a tutto ciò che Amindon aveva sapientemente costruito davanti ai nostri occhi. Peccato perch [...]

    5. Prima, ho visto il film di Virzì, che non mi è piaciuto per niente. Poi, ho apprezzato, ma soprattutto capito davvero, il significato di “capitale umano”, leggendo il libro. Lo condivido, l’ho trovato ben connotato. Tuttavia avrei voluto uno stile più avvincente, anche se il testo l’ho trovato scorrevole. In sostanza, mi è piaciuto molto di più il contenuto che la forma

    6. Human Capital is a novel whose large scope belies its small setting. Several critics praised Amidon (The New City and Subdivision) for moving beyond the well-trodden paths of suburban angst, creating instead unique characters whose troubles connect them to the wider world. Though the plot may get frothy at times, most reviewers felt that Amidon balanced its twists with keen observations that gave the novel social import. One critic found the novel shallow, but hers is a dissenting voice. Consens [...]

    7. Quote, in italian. Human capital"Quando tornò a casa, era già buio. Cenarono loro due da soli. Quint, distratto e immusonito, si accanì su ogni boccone e, alla fine, si mise ad agitare il calice mezzo pieno di vino e macchiato di impronte, tracciando piccoli cerchi. Carrie per un attimo ebbe una folgorazione e vide la sua vita, come se la guardasse attraverso le grandi finestre dei quadri immobili e inquietanti di Hopper. Era una scena agghiacciante. Una cucina tutta linda, senza un rumore, l [...]

    8. I don't know why I liked this book. I read it through a day and the following night in a desire to know where it was going. Some of the characters were sympathetic but I didn't really engage with them that strongly. I suppose I just wanted to know what happened next and was prepared to be lead. I think I would wait quite a while before I read another book by this author, but then why 4 stars? I must just be tired from reading through the night! one/search?query#

    9. Somewhere between The Corrections and Howards End, Amidon tries to capture class relations in the US at the turn of the century by creating a few rather allegorical figures, but ends up writing something closer to a domestic drama. The prose can be clunky as well. That said, the novel sits in an interesting dialogue with Franzen in terms of the relationship between the political, the economic, and the private sphere.

    10. This was a really neat little book. I just reread the book and was every bit as enthused the second time around. Human, complex yet ever so engaging, this book will appeal to many - especially those that wish they were "on the other side of the fence."

    11. At first I found this quite enjoyable - clever plotting, good ensemble cast of characters, a dash of social commentary. But I found the story increasingly formulaic as it went on and I predicted the ending from a hundred pages out. Diverting enough, I suppose

    12. This book was just a downer. If life doesn't give you enough anxiety, pick this book up and live other people's stresses. The second book in my life that I finished reading and immediately put in my "give away" pile.

    13. A well-written book about the accidents that happen and the mistakes people make never thinking of the "human capital" that's in the balance. Enjoyed this immensely.

    14. Really very good novel - a nice complex multi-layered plot and wonderful social commentary on the state of status and wealth.

    15. Expertly plotted, awesomely flawed characters, sharp observations. This book was adapted into a movie in Italy in 2013. Highly recommended!

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