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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.

Présentation de l'éditeur

Pas facile de débarquer à New York pour un jeune informaticien qatari. Même si l'on est un vrai crack et que la multinationale qui vous emploie vous offre un pont d'or pour contrer le bug de l'an 2000. Quelles sont les règles de politesse à respecter ? Comment décoder des expressions aussi déroutantes que " cul-terreux " ou " taper dans l'oeil " ? Karim s'efforce de ne pas commettre d'impairs pendant le temps libre que lui laisse son travail. Un temps qu'il consacre surtout à développer Kapitoil, un ambitieux programme permettant de prédire les cours du pétrole pour le plus grand profit des traders. A moins que. Dans une comédie bien moins légère qu'elle n'en a l'air, Kapitoil croque avec finesse une Amérique malade de la spéculation et du manque d'éthique de ses grands patrons.

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HASH(0x99c634a4) étoiles sur 5 This is a Stimulating Book to Upload to Your Brain 6 mai 2010
Par Howard Goldowsky - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
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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HASH(0x99c634f8) 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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HASH(0x99c637d4) étoiles sur 5 Very Poor Plot and Character Development -- Not enjoyable to read at all 15 novembre 2014
Par James Berlin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I thought this would be a good read, particularly because it was written in the Pre-9/11 Era of New York City, but I was very disappointed in the plot. The prose is clunky, and the author may claim it to be intentional, since it's written in a first-person perspective of a Qatari foreigner; yet, neither the plot nor the business/moral motives driving the characters in the story are compelling or logical.

The plot moves slowly, with very awkward romantic intrigue into what seems like should've been written as a thriller about New York finance firms; there's more family drama with trust fund babies more than actual ideas or actions driving the plot. Moreover, the motives of the characters seems to have been just mashed together, with some strange undercurrent of morality colliding with financial interest that really shows no basis from the main character.

Apart from the disastrous plot, the characters themselves are boring, inarticulate, and quite frankly amateurish caricatures that wouldn't be appropriate in a low-end student movie production. I really wouldn't recommend this to anybody.
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HASH(0x99c636cc) étoiles sur 5 Not bad 29 juillet 2011
Par BronxRev - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I bought this book because I had heard some good reviews for it. Ultimately I was disappointed in what I read, but the story is finely crafted and tuned, so that alone is enough to warrant the three stars. The author has some very interesting ways to describe things and as we are given the protagonist's view of what he sees, his work leaks into what he sees. Some of his interactions are very real and heart warming (such as his main love interest as well as his relationship with his co-workers). In the end, however, the protagonist comes across as too flat of a character for me to have cared. This was supposed to be a great post 9-11 book, but I don't see why. Read it for the solid tale spun, nothing more.
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HASH(0x99c638b8) étoiles sur 5 Good..but 2 avril 2011
Par Lynn G - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I have to say I enjoyed most of the book. I've read reviews that said he had to decide in the end on greed or roots. It would have been far more interesting if we had some hint of this internal struggle somewhere in the book. He kept telling his sister to ignore his father's wishes and go for the stars, use her talents as he did, then, the weird surprise ending.
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