"The Confusion"

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"The Confusion"

In Neal Stephenson's three-book series "The Baroque Cycle" he weaves a multi-threaded tale -- IMO, an excellent yarn -- the ultimate subject of which is the long-ago creation of the modern banking system (circa the 18th C).  It's not every day that a writer of Mr. Stephenson's brain power writes an enjoyable several thousand pages worth of tale for those that actually might find such a story interesting (much as he did for cryptology in "The Cryptonomicon").  

I've been re-reading the middle volume lately (it's a three-book saga) and I happen to be in the portion labeled "The Juncto:  Book 5" and it involves a conversation between two of the main characters about how exactly does one get a monetary system off the ground.  In my edition (the 2004 William Morrow paperback) this chapter, entitled "Mrs. Bligh's Coffee-House, London [September, 1693]" begins on page 483.  I heartily recommend it -- the whole series in general but this chapter in particular as pertains to this post -- to any and all that find such a subject intriguing.  I think it's both instructive and hilarious, but then again I've always been that hard-to-fathom child at the edge of the classroom.  YMMV.

Viva Waterhouse!! -- Sager

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Re: "The Confusion"

I was unaware of that series.  I like Stephenson and will add it to my ever growing list.  Thx

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Confused by "The Confusion"

Sager,

Help!  I've missed the connection between the thread subject and your post.

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Re: "The Confusion"

The subject of the post is merely the title of the book in question.

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