Trust Author:Hernan Diaz Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats. Together, they have risen to the very top of a world of seemingly endless wealth—all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end. But ... more »at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune? This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1937 novel that all of New York seems to have read. Yet there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit.
Hernan Diaz’s TRUST elegantly puts these competing narratives into conversation with one another—and in tension with the perspective of one woman bent on disentangling fact from fiction. The result is a novel that spans over a century and becomes more exhilarating with each new revelation.
At once an immersive story and a brilliant literary puzzle, TRUST engages the reader in a quest for the truth while confronting the deceptions that often live at the heart of personal relationships, the reality-warping force of capital, and the ease with which power can manipulate facts.« less
I did not care much for this novel. The New York Times called it âexhilaratingâ, but I found it exhilaratingly dull. It is a story told in four parts and from different viewpoints. The first and longest section reads as a novel within a novel-a fictional take on a Wall Street tycoon and his wife. It is an unflattering portrait of the tycoon for the most part and reads like a soap opera. Part two is the autobiography of the famous tycoon (using a ghostwriter) that portrays him in a totally positive light. This part was pretty boring but not overly long. Part three was written by the ghostwriter, and part four was a journal written by the wife on her deathbed. Our understanding of events changes drastically with each viewpoint. So which version do we âtrustâ?
This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, so give it a try. Reviewers had wildly different opinions on it, so you might like it. I did finish it, so it wasn't terrible, just disappointing.