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Teddy Wayne

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22 juillet 2010

“Teddy Wayne has written a brilliant book. Karim Issar is one of the freshest, funniest heroes I’ve come across in a long time.”
— Ben Fountain, bestselling author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara

“An innovative and incisive meditation on the wages of corporate greed, the fundamental darkness of its vision lit by the author’s great comic intelligence and wit.”
— Kathryn Davis, author of The Thin Place, Hell: A Novel, and Versailles

With a fresh and singular voice, Teddy Wayne marks his literary debut with the story of one 26 year old Middle Eastern man’s attempt to live the American Dream in New York City. Like the award-winning Netherland and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Kapitoil provides an absorbing look into American culture and New York finance from an outsider’s perspective.

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“KAPITOIL is one of those uncommon novels that really is novel. Though the storytelling is conventional, it is satisfyingly so, and the book’s estimable young narrator is a human type whom nobody until Wayne was ever inspired to write about.” (Jonathan Franzen, bestselling author of The Corrections)

“[A] brilliant book. Karim Issar is one of the freshest, funniest heroes I’ve come across in a long time... In its honesty, humor, intelligence, and hard-won wisdom, Kapitoil is ‘Karim-esque’ to the nth degree, and that is a very good way to be.” (Ben Fountain, bestselling author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara)

“What a wonderful character Karim is—the hapless, hilarious, math-obsessed hero of Teddy Wayne’s first novel. KAPITOIL is a delight. Who knew oil futures could be such fun?” (Joshua Henkin, author of SWIMMING ACROSS THE HUDSON and MATRIMONY)

“Teddy Wayne’s debut novel is an innovative and incisive meditation on the wages of corporate greed, the fundamental darkness of its vision lit by the author’s great comic intelligence and wit.” (Kathryn Davis, author of The Thin Place, Hell: A Novel, and Versailles)

“This wonderfully assured debut novel, at once poignant, insightful, and funny…is a delight. Best of all, however, is simply being inside Karim’s head as he ponders Jackson Pollock’s paintings, baseball, programming, and the mysteries of love and life in the U.S. ” (Booklist (starred review))

“[A] strong and heartfelt debut novel… It’s a slick first novel that beautifully captures a time that, in retrospect, seems tragically naïve.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“[An] affecting, timely, and frequently hilarious debut novel.” (Vanity Fair)

“Brilliant...The beauty of Kapitoil, Wayne’s debut novel, is that it tackles broad and serious themes with humor and an eye for detail. Karim’s carefully articulated voice is a thing of beauty....Teddy Wayne = a major literary talent.” (Houston Chronicle)

“The novel is wise and humble, funny and sweet, so incredibly touching.” (MarieClaire.com)

“A book ripe with beauty and potential....Karim Issar is a character readers will remember, and readers had better prepare themselves to remember the name of Teddy Wayne as well. It’s one they’ll be hearing again and again in the months following Kapitoil’s release.” (Bomb Magazine)

“Funny, intelligent and poignant...With Wayne’s clever prose and simultaneously romantic and skeptical viewpoint, Teddy Wayne is undoubtedly an exciting new voice on the scene—and Kapitoil is a book that is not to be missed.” (BookPage.com)

“Wayne has written one of the best novels of my generation.... Why did 9/11 happen, and why do we continue to respond so blindly? Wayne answers these questions better than Mohsin Hamid or Joseph O’Neill, the best authors of this genre until now.” (Boston Globe)

“Every once in a while, you encounter a character in a work of fiction who feels like such a real person, such a friend, that once you finish the book, you miss having him around. Karim Issar, the protagonist of Teddy Wayne’s captivating debut novel Kapitoil, is such a character.” (Salon.com)

“Flat out top-notch. Kapitoil makes you see America and the English language more clearly than ever before, and Karim Issar, the book’s protagonist, is one of the most interesting characters we’ve had a chance to spend time with.” (McSweeneys.net)

“[A]t once a thought-provoking meditation on late capitalism, and poignant coming-of-age story.” (Blackbook)

“[Karim]’s a type—the nerdy and needy young immigrant—that we’re all familiar with but that no other writer, as far as I know, has invented such a funny and compelling voice and story for.” (Jonathan Franzen to TheDailyBeast.com)

Named one of the top ten first novels of 2010 by Booklist!“[A] funny and incisive novel of one young man’s heady introduction to American culture.” (Booklist)

Kapitoil is set before 9/11, but its depiction of the reckless excess that lies behind our current debacle groups it with Adam Haslett’s Union Atlantic and Jonathan Dee’s The Privileges...an unusually enjoyable experience.” (The Independent) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

Quatrième de couverture

"Sometimes you do not truly observe something until you study it in reverse," writes Karim Issar upon arrival to New York City from Qatar in 1999. Fluent in numbers, logic, and business jargon yet often baffled by human connection, the young financial wizard soon creates a computer program named Kapitoil that predicts oil futures and reaps record profits for his company.

At first an introspective loner adrift in New York's social scenes, he anchors himself to his legendary boss Derek Schrub and Rebecca, a sensitive, disillusioned colleague who may understand him better than he does himself. Her influence, and his father's disapproval of Karim's Americanization, cause him to question the moral implications of Kapitoil, moving him toward a decision that will determine his future, his firm's, and to whom—and where—his loyalties lie.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 This is a Stimulating Book to Upload to Your Brain 6 mai 2010
Par Howard Goldowsky - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The title of this review, "This is a Stimulating Book to Upload to Your Brain," is how Karim Issar the first-person narrator of Kapitoil speaks: in an idiosyncratic techno-prose indicative of his computer programming background and his use of English as a second language. Teddy Wayne has created a marvelous voice in Karim, somewhat reminiscent of Alex Perchov's Ukrainian voice in Jonathan Safron Foer's Everything Is Illuminated. Wayne worked a few years editing essays written by foreign students, so he's had an opportunity to study their way of speaking. Karim's voice is the most entertaining part of the novel; yet the novel is much, much more than that.

Karim comes to New York from Qatar to help work on the Y2K problem for his company, Schrub Equities (possible a satire on Schwab Equities). The year is 1999. The book is broken into chapters that are entries in Karim's journal. Karim projects all of your typical nerdy qualities: social awkwardness, good with math, meticulous about technical details. He's even observant when native English speakers employ "non-optimal grammar," as he puts it, in Karim-esque prose. The end of each journal entry lists the American idioms Karim came across that day, along with what they mean. As a hobby, Karim works on a computer program he invented to take advantage of the oil futures market. The program turns into a hit with his professional superiors, and before Karim knows it he is a star in the New York office (which, by the way, happens to be located in the World Trade Center). A series of serendipitous events happen that land Karim the "cream of the cream" girls, money, power, a-la Forrest Gump. A potential serious love interest parallels the main plot.

At its deepest level, this book is about how technical disciplines such as math, science, or programming trump the inexact feelings of social relations, while at the same time how proper social discourse remains immune to the fallibility of logic inherent within these disciplines. As Karim navigates the complexities of social interaction, in both the business world and in his personal life, he grows as a person. Slowly he changes, even beginning to utilize his glossary of idioms, in his own speech. Slowly he turns away from his Muslim background and adopts some aspects of American culture. By the end of the book Karim must make a decision: He must decide if he wants to absorb himself completely into the greed of American life, with the help of his money-making program, or return to his roots.

In some ways this book is a satire on corporate America, circa 1999; in some ways this book is a satire about the differences between American culture and traditional Muslim culture. Mostly, however, the book is a satire about people who are not honest with themselves or honest about their personal strengths and weaknesses. Karim himself doesn't even always do everything correct according to his moral compass. One of my favorite pieces of dialogue was said twice. In both cases it occurred when Karim needed to make a decision between having sex and what he believed to be the more morally correct choice. Karim was constantly worried about (and I paraphrase) "my body defeating my brain." In the end, however, Karim's humbleness and honesty about his social skills, confidence about his analytic abilities, and honesty in his journal about his transgressions -- and there are many transgression, to his Muslim faith, to his love interests, etc. -- makes him the hero of the book.

Teddy Wayne's ability to come up with incredible dialogue, dialogue that can propel a book's plot, carve characters, etc., solidifies, in my mind at least, his writing ability, and I'm looking forward to his second book. My only complaint was that some of the characters did not benefit as well from the "gimmicky" dialogue, and came across as somewhat two-dimensional. Otherwise I would have given the book five stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A deep, captivating novel of discovery 10 janvier 2014
Par R. Clay - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I was introduced to the writing of Teddy Wayne through an essay published in the New Times magazine (Jan 5, `14), and knew the voice was authentic and important on many levels, and for a wide range of readers.

I ordered "Kapitoil" immediately and, as Karim, the protagonist, might say, I was much enhanced by the story. Though quite removed from my personal world context, "Kapitoil" quickly became an inspiration, almost a manifesto for some of my own struggles, choices, and paths less traveled by.

There are universal themes in the novel that affirm life as I find it, and inspire me toward a rich and satisfying path of growth, success, and humility.

I strongly recommend "Kapitoil" as a pleasurable, often lightly humorous, and elegantly human story.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Kapitoil 7 mai 2013
Par Bookbag - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Excellent! Written in the form of journal entries. Main character Karim arrives in NY from Qatar for business. As he learns English, he is extremely literal resulting in some humorous incidents. However, the theme is serious, involving a decision he must make.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An original, poignant story... 16 mars 2013
Par Mark Brooks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
An original voice; sweet, innocent, well formed characters and plot... Emotionally satisfying, nicely captures a romance without cliche... Excellent ending
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting characters. 9 janvier 2013
Par lucycal - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The book is smart, humorous and thought provoking. It didn't take long to get attached to the quirky main character. The book provided interesting discussion material for our book club.
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