Amidst the excitement of the 1920s, Benjamin and Helen Rask rose to the top of a world of wealth in New York City. However, the source of their immense fortune remains a mystery at the center of the successful 1937 novel, Bonds. Hernan Diaz’s Trust weaves together different versions of this story of privilege and deceit through the perspective of a woman seeking the truth. Trust spans over a century and delves into the deceptions within personal relationships, the manipulation of facts by power, and the distorting effects of capital, making it both a thrilling story and a literary puzzle.
Book review of Trust
Trust is a novel that captivates readers with its imaginative storytelling, attention to detail, and vivid writing. Set in the 1920s, the book provides a glimpse into the lives of mega capitalists, and the accumulation of unimaginable wealth and the impact it has on society. The story takes readers through the history of New York as the finance capital of the world, tracing the country’s economic cycles, from the time of Thomas Jefferson up to the 1920s.
Diaz does an excellent job of exploring the themes of capitalism, Marxism, greed, esoteric financial instruments, and what may be good for the country. The author draws the reader into the mystery and intrigue of the truth, telling the story from different perspectives, and creating a puzzle that is both complex and compelling. The final section of the book is truly gripping, and a twist is revealed that is both shocking and expertly crafted.
One of the most impressive aspects of Trust is the cleverly written connections between events, characters, and chapters. The book encourages readers to take plenty of notes and discover patterns between the different parts of the story. Diaz’s attention to detail is apparent in the way he organically incorporates the history of the New York Stock Exchange into the story. The book is a thrilling and engaging experience, one that leaves readers with a sense of satisfaction and a newfound appreciation for the history of the stock market.
Trust is a fictional narrative, but readers can learn a lot about the booms and busts of the Stock Exchange over its long history. Diaz’s writing is beautiful, and a number of good metaphors convey real emotion. The book will transport readers into the world of wealth and happiness, but also reveal the struggles of ordinary people during this period. The book also touches on how mental health was treated in the 1920s and questions the idea of a happy marriage between soulmates.
However, the book may not be for everyone. It helps to have an interest in how financial markets operate to enjoy this novel fully and some may find the length of the book to be a bit much.
In conclusion, Trust is a book that is well worth reading. It is an immersive story that explores the deceptions within personal relationships, the manipulation of facts by power, and the distorting effects of capital. The novel is a literary puzzle that engages the reader in a quest for the truth while confronting the complexities of capitalism. Diaz’s writing is impeccable, and the book is an excellent addition to the canon of modern literature. Whether you are a history buff or a lover of great storytelling, Trust is a book that should not be missed.
|Publisher : Riverhead Books (May 2, 2023)|
Language : English
Paperback : 416 pages
ISBN-10 : 0593420322
ISBN-13 : 978-0593420324
Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
Dimensions : 5.11 x 1.16 x 7.98 inches