The Draw: A Memoir

The Draw A Memoir A young boy s awakening to the conflict between innate gifts and social class is at the center of this searing memoir about the unforgiving sovereignty of moneyHoping to make a killing in New Jersey r

  • Title: The Draw: A Memoir
  • Author: Lee Siegel
  • ISBN: 9780374178055
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A young boy s awakening to the conflict between innate gifts and social class is at the center of this searing memoir about the unforgiving sovereignty of moneyHoping to make a killing in New Jersey real estate, the author s father, Monroe Siegel, takes a draw from his employer against unearned commission When the recession hits in the 1970s, Monroe finds himself owing aA young boy s awakening to the conflict between innate gifts and social class is at the center of this searing memoir about the unforgiving sovereignty of moneyHoping to make a killing in New Jersey real estate, the author s father, Monroe Siegel, takes a draw from his employer against unearned commission When the recession hits in the 1970s, Monroe finds himself owing a small fortune to his firm He sinks toward divorce and bankruptcy, while Lola, Lee s mother, suffers a nervous breakdown that turns her into a different person.Shamed and enraged by his father s fate, Lee grows up wondering what society owes a person who has failed materially but preserved his humanity Other men got rewarded for their cold heartedness, and often for their dishonesty, while he, Monroe Siegel, who had never hurt anyone, had to groan and stumble through life Did not kindness deserve an income As a teen, Lee tries to make a different life for himself He goes to a private college in the Midwest, is forced to leave due to his father s bankruptcy, and returns to New Jersey to work a series of menial jobs He enrolls at a state college and then drops out to seek a better existence abroad, only to return to the United States in debt and in despair Suddenly, a promising new life opens to him At a price.The Draw touches on fundamental questions How do we balance our obligations to ourselves with our obligations to others What do we owe society when its rules have a legal basis but not a moral one Written with startling candor and psychological acuity, Lee Siegel s The Draw is for anyone who has ever struggled with money, or who has tried to break through the barriers of family and class.

    One thought on “The Draw: A Memoir”

    1. Trusting a random book recommendation list which I found on the internet, I picked this up. And boy, am I glad I did so. A good way to, nearly, end 2017. I love books that involve thoughts printed straight on to the paper and conversations just act as fodder for more internal monologue. Lee Siegel has been shockingly honest in what is one of the best memoirs I've read, to date. I am going gaga over this, maybe because I could connect with myriad of the thoughts in the book, but hey, that's exact [...]

    2. Recounts Siegel's struggles a sensitive child to deal with a family devastated by his father's bankruptcy and his mother's emotional breakdown which turns her into her son's adversary. Retreating into a world of literature, philosophy and music, he struggles from menial job to menial job and from woman to woman dreaming all the time of a life within the protective walls of a university. The effect of money - or lack of it - on a young man's life is vividly portrayed, though at times the book bec [...]

    3. There's a lot of suffering going on, Lee Siegel had his share. His parents, though, wow, what a pair. This book is often illuminating, but equally self-indulgent, which is disappointing. He's a wonderful writer, but this book needed a more ruthless editor.

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