Monday, March 22, 2010

The Privileges

Detached. There’s a moral vacuum in the lives of the protagonists of Jonathan Dee’s new novel, The Privileges, the Morey family. Having acquired great wealth, some of which was gained illegally, Adam Morey has grown in wealth over the course of the novel, but not in conscience or character. Despite philanthropy, Cynthia Morey seems to live an unexamined life that comes across as empty and ordinary when money is stripped away. The children have received everything they want, leading them nowhere. Each of the Moreys has an expectation of entitlement that detaches them from the experience of living in relationships with close friends. For those who wonder why a lot of money is never enough for some, here’s a great quote, “Success was a fortress at which fear constantly ate away.” The unsatisfying lives of the Moreys provides some entertainment, but little insight for readers looking to novels for deeper understanding about life.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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