5.0 out of 5 stars
my thoughts about "The Financier", Nov. 9 2003
Every person has a talent, Frank Cowperwood had a talent to deal with finances. Theodore Dreiser's book Financier is deserving of a five-star rating, because it depicts the life of a fearless person with a strong spirit, great strength of will; a person who can bring his dreams into reality. Dreiser narrates about Frank's success and failures during his life. In my opinion, many people would like to be more like Frank Cowperwood. The author reveals all aspects of reality of financial world in 1800s through four stages of the life of the protagonist of his novel: childhood and adolescence, the beginning of his independent career, success, and bankruptcy.
Frank Cowperwood was born in the middle class loving family. He was interested in finances from his childhood and was always surrounded by people who dealt with money. His father was an example for Frank Cowperwood, who was a born financier, and started to develop his talent from the early age. After he left school at seventeen with the help from his uncle he worked in a few companies and showed himself as a valuable employee. His bosses offered him the best terms to work in. But he preferred to start his own business. In this stage of his life he got married and had two precious babies.
He tried to surround himself by people who were influential in business world. Frank was trying to involve as many people as he could who was possible to put the money into the business. From the beginning he knew that everything is going to be his way, because he was sure in himself and worked for it really hard. Sometimes Frank went to his father for the advice. His father was the only person he could trust and tell everything about his plans. From this stage he began his independent career. Frank met new people who opened a big path in the financial world and then he began a new life of success and triumph.
Frank Cowperwood became one of the influential people in the United States. Many businessmen asked his opinion and advise on variety of financial topics. He was very knowledgeable in all financial operations, besides his intuition helped him to find a way to success and profit. Frank Cowperwood had unlimited loans in all banks, as he was a valuable and trustworthy customer for them. The success of his business helped him to buy a new house for him and his parents. Frank Cowperwood achieved his goal to have a lot of money. But he needed those money not just for having them, he used money to satisfy his desires and desires of his close people.
Unfortunately, the life of Frank Cowperwood was not a smooth and easy at all times. Due to the fire in Chicago in 1871 his business had to cope with a lot of problems. After publication of the article in the newspaper about the disaster in Windy city people did not feel safe. Other businessmen who had dealt with Frank Cowperwood requested that he returned their money right away. He tried to use different ways to protect his company from bankruptcy and stay in business. But he was not able to succeed. He had to face a bankruptcy and experienced all aspects of that crisis. Creditors took his house and all valuables, he was thrown in the jail as he was accused in stealing money. Financier was able to cope with this misfortune, he did not lose his hope for the better. Frank Cowperwood moved to Chicago where he was able to start a new life of success and fortune.
I was astonished by this book as the author illustrated a person who was ready to face all storms of life in strong spirit and hope for happy future. Dreiser was able to give a vivid picture of powerful business and people who were able to succeed in it and those who failed. Dreiser showed a reader that every human can achieve his/her goal if a person can find his talent and develop it in the right channel.