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Kapitoil (Anglais) Broché – 22 juillet 2010

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'The first funny novel about oil' -- GQ. ''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

'Teddy 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 beter than Mohsin Hamid or Joseph O'Neill, the best authors of this genre until now... Wayne has completely foreseen and transcended the exhaustion of the 9/11 genre' -- The Boston Globe. 'Brilliant... a major literary talent' --Houston Chronicle

'This wonderfully assured debut novel, at once poignant, insightful, and funny, details Karim's passage through a new world of corporate sharks, Manhattan clubs, museums, Bob Dylan lyrics, and personal growth. Karim's English, always grammatically correct but stilted with terms from science, mathematics, computing, and business, 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 US' -- Booklist (starred review). 'With 'Kapitoil', Teddy Wayne invents - and perfects! - the pre-9/11 novel' --Vanity Fair

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'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 to Rebecca, a sensitive, disillusioned colleague. 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 the course of the rest of his life...

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Amusing adventures of geeky Arab kid in New York 22 octobre 2014
Par Alan A. Elsner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is one of those books in which a computer-savvy hero with limited social skills undergoes a 'sentimental education'. In this case, the hero, Karim, comes to Manhattan from his home in Qatar in 1999 (that is to say before 9/11.) His job is to to help rewrite the code to avert the threat of the computer system of an international commodities trading conglomerate crashing at the turn of the millennium.

Karim combines the traits of foreigner abroad, befuddled by the ways of America, with those of classic nerd befuddled at the ways of humans. He narrates the book as if he too is a computer. He uploads information and downloads feedback. He checks for bugs. Each chapter ends with a handy glossary of the slang Karim has learned.

Karim quickly invents a system that plugs in news events to fluctuations on the oil market, netting his employer millions. He finds himself on the fact track, playing squash with the billionaire CEO.He gets to sit in the executive box at the Yankees, rides in his helicopter and is even finally to spend the weekend at the boss' Connecticut estate. Meanwhile Karim is drawn into a relationship with high-strung colleague Rebecca. He gets stoned,gets drunk and falls mildly in love. It's a complete American experience.

This is all mildly amusing. Karim is an entertaining narrator, although not always intentionally. It's instructive to view our own country and culture through foreign eyes although the picture reflected back is not always flattering. Karim eventually finds himself facing a moral dilemma which brings the book to a somewhat unsatisfactory conclusion. He does what he regards as the right thing. Readers are free to agree or disagree.

This book falls squarely into the tradition of the 'Connecticut Yankee at the Court of King Arthur.' We could call it 'Arab Geek at the Court of Wall Street.' It has some things to teach us but should not be taken too seriously.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Honorable Man in the World of Finance 21 juillet 2015
Par Jon Craig - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
A tale of New York in the 2000s told by Karim, an immigrant from Qatar who is something of a savant. Despite his limited grasp of colloquial English and a limited understanding of American culture, he develops a software program that reliably predicts the price of oil, enabling his employer, a large investment bank, to reap substantial profits. He is rewarded with a desirable office, a substantial salary, and the attention of the firm's founder and his wife. Above all, Karim is an honest and honorable man. Despite his rapid rise in the world of finance, he maintains ties with his family in Qatar. Eventually Karim realizes that his employer is more interested in his program than in him and decides to abandon New York and return home. Karim is a very sympathetic character and his end-of the-chapter notes on the meaning of English expressions are a nice touch.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Kapitoil, a novel 21 avril 2017
Par Ann H. Foster - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is a well written book. Funny and also gives an interested reader a fresh perspective. I have encouraged many friends to read this book. Almost all have thanked me for the recommendation.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wistful, smart and funny 31 octobre 2016
Par Opal - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is an easy and engaging read. The young narrator struggles to understand the nuances of social life in NYC and the moral complexities of high finance. I found his use of language and curiosity about expression and idiom to be charming and slyly amusing. Well done.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A charming book 2 septembre 2010
Par LFNYC - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I found Kapitoil to be little slow out of the starting gate, but after the first chapter it is a captivating, fast moving read.

Kareem is loveably believable, and his first person English-as-a-second lanquage syntax is hilarilously spot-on. Anyone who has spent time on the phone with post-millenium tech-support can attest to this. As another reviewer noted, this literary vehicle is reminiscent of "Everything is Illuminated"...but unlike Foer's Ukrainian driver, Wayne's Kareem is charged with carrying 100% of the narrative and does so quite convincingly.

The author's intentional political correctness (American Secular West=Bad/Middle Eastern Islamic Tradition=Good)does include occasional exceptions so as not to completely alienate readers with west of Upper West Side sensibilities about American culture. This book can and should be read for simple enjoyment rather than complex moral insights.
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