Author: Walter Kirn
In three words: Morose, confused, and disappointing.
As you can see I don’t have many good things to say about this book. I read whole thing in several days, but my fervor to finish it was never really rewarded. I kept expecting for some grander design or purpose to shine through the words on the page. No such luck. It reminded me of Sinclair Lewis’ Babbit, except not so well written. Ryan Bingham is a character with little depth, but meant to embody the spirit of contemporary middle management. Kirn in my opinion missed the mark with a ill-developed plot and ultimately drowned incomplete insight. If you want to know what the fuss is about read the book, otherwise avoid.