In "Trust", Hernan Diaz crafted the perfect classic American novel - which honestly took me by surprise as I generally find Wall Street talk boring. However, my eye kept coming back to this book, and I am so glad that I gave it a chance. This book could stand next to The Great Gatsby and not feel out of place in language or character development. This book is the example to give authors when they want to recreate a classic. Don't take the same story and rework it, write in the same feel as a classic.
The intricate web of mystery Diaz crafted was genius. How well do we know someone? How well can anyone know a celebrity or tycoon? How would someone like Jeff Bezos describe himself and how close would his description come to reality? This is what Diaz works toward in his narrative against narrative against narrative against narrative. Will we ever know the full truth about a person, even if we read their own words?
Along with the labyrinth of narrative, Diaz also weaves in the history of Wall Street in the 1920's, culminating in the crash of '29. Normally, I would want to skip that history but this book was intriguing from start to finish. I had to know all the details, and how one person could move a market to its greatest highs and its lowest lows.
This is a book that you will not want to miss. History fans, and especially classic fans will want to snatch this book up.