ART IMITATES CARLYLE, AGAIN

It just doesn't stop. The romantic image of The Carlyle Group as secretive cabal is too much for filmmakers and novelists to resist. The latest Carlyle look-alike to pop up in fiction appears in a new book from humourist Christopher Buckley, who has just released a satire of Middle-East politics called Florence of Arabia. The book is guaranteed to offend just about everyone. A reviewer wrote recently: “To call Buckley irreverent doesn't do justice to reverence”. Buckley's new novel follows the story of one Florence, a disgruntled US State Department employee who travels on a secret mission to the Kingdom of Wasabia [sic] to agitate for women's rights. During her adventures she encounters a shadowy, powerful, money-grubbing investment firm with its fingerprints all over the Arab world called, ahem, The Waldorf Group. We have to admit this one gave us a chuckle.

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