The Coffee Trader: A Novel
Random House, 2003 - 389 pagina's
The Edgar Award-winning novel "A Conspiracy of Paper" was one of the most acclaimed debuts of 2000. In his richly suspenseful second novel, author David Liss once again travels back in time to a crucial moment in cultural and financial history. His destination: Amsterdam, 1659--a mysterious world of trade populated by schemers and rogues, where deception rules the day.
On the world's first commodities exchange, fortunes are won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in the city's close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this only too well. Once among the city's most envied merchants, Miguel has lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living on the charity of his petty younger brother, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation.
Miguel enters into a partnership with a seduc-tive Dutchwoman who offers him one last chance at success--a daring plot to corner the market of an astonishing new commodity called "coffee." To succeed, Miguel must risk everything he values and test the limits of his commercial guile, facing not only the chaos of the markets and the greed of his competitors, but also a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to see him ruined. Miguel will learn that among Amsterdam's ruthless businessmen, betrayal lurks everywhere, and even friends hide secret agendas.
With humor, imagination, and mystery, David Liss depicts a world of subterfuge, danger, and repressed longing, where religious and cultural traditions clash with the demands of a new and exciting way of doing business. Readers of historical suspense and lovers of coffee (even decaf) will be up all night withthis beguiling novel.
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - scot2 - LibraryThing
Good story. I loved reading about the characters in this book. I admit to skimming a little when it came to language of the exchange. The end was not satisfying as one discovers that, In fact, every ... Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
A somewhat frustrating tale of when 'markets' were pretty much as they are today - but this was Amsterdam in 1659. Our coffee 'trader' makes some *very* foolish mistakes and once the multiple layers of treachery are exposed, suffers the anguish of some major guilt. Volledige review lezen