I recently read Paul Murray's An Evening of Long Goodbyes. I chose it because I loved his Murray's later book Skippy Dies . The description on the back cover of An Evening of Long Goodbyes refers to Bertie Wooster, and indeed, the book centers on a young man who grew up surrounded by a certain amount of weath, who doesn't know what to do with himself.

But the similarities end there. Really, An Evening of Long Goodbyes is about an f- up world getting more f-up through financial shenanigans and general lack of concern about other people and what they need. The book was written in 2008, before the economic crisis, and there's a great moment where the narrator looks around him at all the ugly consequences of economic boom times and thinks to himself that eventually all this is going to end, and what will that be like?

What indeed?
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