Kapitoil, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


'Sometimes you do not truly observe something until you study it in reverse,' writes Karim Issar upon arrival to New York City from Qatar in 1999.

Fluent in numbers, logic, and business jargon, yet often baffled by human connection, the young financial wizard soon creates a computer program named 'Kapitoil' that predicts oil futures and reaps record profits for his company.

At first an introspective loner adrift in New York's social scenes, he anchors himself to his legendary boss Derek Schrub and to Rebecca, a sensitive, disillusioned colleague.

Her influence, and his father's disapproval of Karim's Americanization, cause him to question the moral implications of Kapitoil, moving him toward a decision that will determine the course of the rest of his life.




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If you read this book, read it for the tone. Wayne's first person narrator is funny, unlikely and credible. I imagine you have to be a bit of a nerd or at least be interested in language to enjoy this, though. I am.The weakness is the plot. It has different incompatible and often formulaic elements. The ending is weak and does not follow naturally. Yet Wayne can write. I am anxious to read what he writes next.

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