Book Review: The Privileges

The Privileges by Jonathan Dee

The blurb: Smart, socially gifted, and chronically impatient, Adam and Cynthia Morey are so perfect for each other that united they become a kind of fortress against the world. In their hurry to start a new life, they marry young and have two children before Cynthia reaches the age of twenty-five. Adam is a rising star in the world of private equity and becomes his boss’s protégé. With a beautiful home in the upper-class precincts of Manhattan, gorgeous children, and plenty of money, they are, by any reasonable standard, successful. But the Moreys’ standard is not the same as other people’s. The future in which they have always believed for themselves and their children – a life of almost boundless privilege, in which any desire can be acted upon and any ambition made real – is still out there, but it is not arriving fast enough to suit them.
As Cynthia, at home with the kids day after identical day, begins to drift, Adam is confronted with a decision that tests how much he is willing to risk to ensure his family’s happiness and to recapture the sense that, for him and his wife, the only acceptable life is one of infinite possibility. The Privileges is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and guided above all else by their epic love for each other. Lyrical, provocative, and brilliantly imagined, it is a timely meditation on wealth, family, and what it means to leave the world richer than you found it.

My review: The Privileges is a book that’s hard to describe, I’m not sure which genre it fits into. It’s very well written, Jonathan Dee has a beautiful turn of phrase and this book is a cross between literary fiction and a family saga.

The Privileges follows the lives of the Morey family; from the wedding of Cynthia and Adam in the eighties to the births of their two children Jonas and April to their eventual (and hassle free) accumulation of a ridiculous amount of wealth. They are successful at whatever they put their minds too and even the events detailed in the book that are possibly meant to be dramatic or harrowing are lukewarm and have happy resolutions.

I’m sure if presented to an A Level literature class themes and morals would fly out of this book and enlighten even the most uneducated reader however I just couldn’t see them, it seemed to be a book about a family who had everything, and were a little bland. I didnt like them, or the plot but I can appreciate good writing and that was here in abundance.

5 out of 10 stars *****

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