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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Fall of Princes by Robert Goolrick

The Fall of Princes by Robert Goolrick is another story about the 1980’s and about all of the excesses of Wall Street like Bonfire of the Vanities, Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short. As the title implies it is about the fall, the hubris, the vanity, the not paying attention, the curse within. In this tale we watch the rise and fall and variations on life of four young men. The usual material associated with Wall Street and its tenants abounds like large tips, expensive clothes, and outrageous doings. The background of the story is fun as we are back at Studio and Xenon, but no Roxy. A large section of the story involves AIDS, which is done well and is a gentle reminder of the mistakes our government led by Reagan, made in not acting fast or hard enough. Even a bit of discussion of 9/11 occurs as we learn about the fate of some of the characters. In all of these kinds of stories we have some interesting twists as again we come full circle in so many parts of the story.

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