Review: Accrual World
Just where do I begin with this book?
Financial crises, religious conspiracies and rogue accountants, it's got it all.
Written by Andy Blackford in 2009, It's definitely aimed at accountants, although for someone with a non-accountancy background, it certainly had my attention gripped until the end.
Prophetically written before the economic crisis, the UK is plunged into financial meltdown when accountancy is outlawed by the Britannic Party, who overthrow government for a very sinister reason, which is revealed later on in the book.
In the novel, which contains elements of both Orwell's 1984 and Brown's Da Vinci Code, protagonist accountant Alan Gold and friends fight back against the cruel oppression of accountancy, which eventually leads to the meltdown of society and the economy, which spreads worldwide.
There are no accountants to pay anyone, therefore no incentive for anyone to work, which makes sense really.
The trio embark on an adventure accounting on-the-run, undercover from the prying eyes of the Britannic Party who pursue and prosecute rogue accountants.
While I found it slightly difficult to get into, after getting through the first few pages I delved into twists aplenty to keep the book firmly glued to my hand; a mixture of interest at seeing what the writer would come up with next and slight humor at the thought of accountants as 'underground dealers'.
The writing style was quite descriptive and at times quips and one-liners made me laugh out loud, although it was at times a tad cheesy (which may be a good or a bad thing, depending on your sense of humor).
No matter what your opinion of the book, there's no doubt the fact that it was written before the financial crisis and the plausible (yet improbable) idea of a world without accountancy leading to meltdown does make you think.
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