As much as I enjoy fiction novels, there is something about reading a story that is true. Because you know that it has to be a really crazy story for it to be turned into a novel and sometimes a movie. And The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort is exactly that as you will see in our book review.
To give you a short summary, Jordan Belfort turned trading penny stocks into a lucrative business by breaking the law and making millions as a result. Belfort tells us his account of how he climbed to the top of Wall Street and how he ultimately ended up falling down and ending up in jail.
Many people may have seen the movie and yes, Leonardo DiCaprio was amazing. But he is acting a part. Unlike him, Belfort actually lived it. And his account is even crazier than the movie. Belford was living like he was in a movie with all the drugs, money, crime, and absurd and improbable rise to fame.
But like all Hollywood movies, the movie must end and end big. We hear Belfort’s account of how it all came crashing down and it is unbelievable. Belfort almost got away with it and would have to if it wasn’t for his drug addiction and a crazy childhood friend.
A lot of stereotypes that people have from Wall Street are proven right in this book. But in the end, we have to remember Belfort had humble beginnings and wanted to make a living. He stumbled onto a for-sure get quick scheme and could not say no.
The great thing about this novel is that we all get to decide if Belfort is fully to blame or the system in place. Belfort is not the first person to abuse the rules of Wall Street but his braggadocios nature and recklessness made the FBI take action. Hearing his account sheds light on what goes on Wall Street and makes for a great read at the same time.
Like many people, I saw the Martin Scorsese directed movie first and wanted to read more about Jordan Belfort. And I was glad I did because the movie isn’t fully accurate. The novel dives deeper into Belfort’s life and how he actually ended up losing it all.
It may not feel like one but this novel is an autobiography and a thrilling one at that. If you enjoy reading about real life stories, then this is a book you have to read. And if you are trying to read more about Belfort like I d id, then you will be pleased to pick up this novel.