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The Hormone Factory: A Novel by Saskia…

The Hormone Factory: A Novel

by Saskia Goldschmidt

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Businessman Mordecai, reflects on his long illustrious career as a pharmaceutical entrepreneur and businessman. Although this description is accurate, it doesn't really do the book justice. It doesn't describe the humor and irony that kept me reading throughout the night. Mordecai and his relationships were just fascinating to read about. If anything, I wanted to know more. The book briefly described his later adult life, which should have been included. Overall, a great read! ( )
  JanaRose1 | Dec 2, 2014 |
I got a free copy of this book from Netgalley. This book was translated from Dutch and is not yet available in North America. So the reviews to date on Goodreads are mostly in Dutch. I wish I could understand them because I am curious to see why The Hormone Factory gets so many low ratings. I found this book clever and well written--well worth the read. There is no doubt that Mordecai -- the first person narrator and protagonist -- is a despicable character. But that's the point. Goldschmidt does a great job of making Mordecai a three dimensional character, depicting his self delusion and self justification with occasional flashes of insight and remorse. Her Afterword may be worth reading before starting the book because it gives context to her motivation for writing this book. Also, it's worth mentioning that this is an excellent translation -- in fact, the quality of the writing does not suggest that this is a translation. ( )
  Eesil | Oct 20, 2014 |
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From the throes of his death bed, Dutch pharmaceutical entrepreneur and megalomaniac Mordecai de Paauw reflects on his life as the co-founder and CEO of Farmacon: the first company to standardize and distribute the contraceptive pill worldwide. With the future of his family business threatened by Hitler's precipitous rise to power and his sexual exploitation of the factory's women soon to be exposed, he struggles to keep his vision afloat, forcing him to choose between his own misguided impulses and his ethically minded Jewish family.… (more)

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