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Kapitoil (Paperback)

Author:  Teddy Wayne
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0061873217
ISBN-13: 9780061873218
Sku: 211424680
Publish Date: 4/1/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  295
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Computer programmer Karim Issar moves from Qatar to Manhattan to help the company he works for prepare for Y2K, and when he creates a program that predicts oil futures, it improves his job prospects but raises moral problems. *Author: Wayne, Teddy *Publication Date: 2010/04/13 *Number of Pages: 295 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.00
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Computer programmer Karim Issar moves from Qatar to Manhattan to help the company he works for prepare for Y2K, and when he creates a program that predicts oil futures, it improves his job prospects but raises moral problems.
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The dreaded Y2K bug struck terror into the hearts of digitally symbiotic businesses around the world, but Teddy Wayne's scintillating debut novel reminds us that one person's nightmare is another person's dream come true. In October of 1999, computer programmer Karim Issar gets his big break when he is transferred from his low-level job in Qatar to New York in order to help the home office prepare for the possible cataclysmic computer glitch which seems destined to accompany the turn of the century. Once entrenched on Wall Street, the socially incompetent Karim has plenty of spare time to observe and absorb the palpable atmosphere of greed and complicity which pervades the office, inspiring him to create "Kapitoil," a devious and ingenious computer program which predicts oil futures based on present political strife. Wayne fully embodies his lead character by telling the story through Karim's hilarious journal entries, written in magnificently stilted English, wherein he struggles to rectify the eccentric idiosyncrasies of American culture with his own brand of quantitative logic.

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"Wayne zips through a minefield of potential clichés and comes out unscathed, striking a balance of humor and keen insight that propels the story....It's a slick first novel that beautifully captures a time that, in retrospect, seems tragically naïve." (starred review) 12/21/2009

"Told through Karim's journal entries, this wonderfully assured debut novel, at once poignant, insightful and funny, details Karim's passage through a new world of corporate sharks, Manhattan clubs, museums, Bob Dylan lyrics, and personal growth. Karim's English, always grammatically correct but stilted with terms from science, mathematics, computing, and business, is a delight." (starred review) - Thomas Gaughan 02/15/2010

"Teddy Wayne has written one of the best novels of my generation. Free of the traps recent fiction writers have fallen into...KAPITOIL cuts through our cultural moment as sharply as Evelyn Waugh's SCOOP or A HANDFUL OF DUST did for their time....After reading KAPITOIL, you just might agree that this young author's fictional algorithms are impossibly ahead of the critically accepted market signals." - Anis Shivani 04/25/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0295
Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
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