Throughout the novel, Binder parses the difference between success and greatness. It’s not about having a sports car, a magnificent house, or a beautiful wife. Those successes fail to bring happiness. Greatness comes in overcoming massive obstacles. The ending of this book doesn’t offer the reader a glance at a transformed Lou. He stays callous and selfish. He hasn’t fully absorbed the lessons offered. The reader is left wondering if time will change Lou for the better, or if he will continue as a misanthrope.
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