The Moneychangers [Arthur Hailey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The personal problems of directors and officers of the First Mercantile. Philip Hensher: A book that changed me: Goodness knows why nobody took Arthur Hailey’s blockbuster away from me, but it taught my. The #1 bestselling author of the blockbuster thrillers Airport and Hotel takes on the world of high finance: “Cliched, lurid and utterly absorbing” (Philip Hensher.

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I was only I ought to make an effort to master a grown-up writer, not idly but with concentration, following the plot and monwychangers who all the characters were.

THE MONEYCHANGERS by Arthur Hailey | Kirkus Reviews

What I really love is a story about a group of people tied together by a joint venture, arguing, getting frustrated, forming bonds and breaking up again. Where did that moneychangees come from? The one I adored, and have just read again with a lot of enjoyment, was The Moneychangers.

Hailey made a career with scrupulously researched dramas of workplaces, set in hotels Hotelairports Airport and the motor industry Wheels. The human exchanges were principled or lurid, based on the possibilities of each industry haoley the time.


The Moneychangers

Embarrassingly, thinking about Hailey, the moment in Wheels that still effortlessly springs to mind is when it becomes apparent that the fabric on the car seats has the capacity to rip out hairs from a fur coat.

The Moneychangers is about moneychangerw, and nowadays has a mesmerising period quality.

There are no CCTV cameras in bank branches; characters explain credit cards to each other; and, very interestingly, a debate rages between one executive liberal and generous who wants to lend expansively to the urban poor and another hard-headed who only wants to lend on good prospects and make lots of money.

The subprime crisis might alter the instinctive sympathies of new Hailey readers here.

Libraries would soon supply much better novels, but The Moneychangers first demonstrated to me what a novel could do. It could show you the individual, with private pressures, in public circumstances, and link one person to another through chains of obligation and duty.

I saw all of this dimly, in a room with the curtains closed against the hot summer. It was the book that really made me love novels. Since reading it, my favourite kind of novel has always been one of about 20 or so people, men and women, young and old, moneyhcangers different classes and races, where their lives are affected by some kind of organisation or they are brought together in some kind of community.


Interestingly, though Hailey has become somewhat absurd and the writing now often pains me, it is still utterly absorbing. I maintain that it remains a generous sort of book, alert to the fact that systems are changing, but also to the ways in which people koneychangers be trapped by those systems and have different sorts of techniques, detached or involved, of working with them. The Moneychangers affected me permanently. Afterwards, I mostly wanted to read novels, and in the end I wanted to write one of my own.

I might go back now and read Airport again. Frankly, that sounds divine.

The Moneychangers is cliched, lurid and utterly absorbing | Philip Hensher | Opinion | The Guardian

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