The Wealthy Barber Returns

David Chilton

Rating: 4/5

The Wealthy Barber Returns-David Chilton

When my father first mentioned the Wealthy Barber Returns, I was hooked on the idea of financial prosperity. It wasn’t long before I got my hands on a copy of this intellectual and stimulating novel, which propelled me through the basics of investing. With every intellectual sentence David Chilton wrote, I became more aware of handling money, and more accustomed to financial language. The non-fiction account, is interlaced with personal commentary and each chapter delves deeper into the financial world. The incredibly wise publication has multiple messages regarding finances. It teaches the reader to live within their means, pay yourself first, control spending and be happy living with a save-for-the-future mentality.


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Social/Historical context:

Published in 2011, the Wealthy Barber Returns discusses modern techniques for investing wisely. David Chilton writes that he has become marginally wiser since the first book was published and therefore the wealthy barber returns, is simply an updated and modern version of the book written back in 1989. Chilton strives to help readers understand the happenings in the financial world. All readers can learn how to manage their money through the simple techniques outlined in the novel. The only area which you might want to have slight background knowledge in is financial terms, however, for a 13 year old girl without previous exposure, I can now say that I am aware of market capitalization.


Writing Style:

The language used is very common as Chilton likes to keep the novel understandable, and current. His main focus is on keeping the reader engaged, so he uses comedic language to often make light of a complex situation. He uses humor to joke about his kids or family members at points when the novel would otherwise be dull. The book is written in first person, as the author expresses his financial knowledge and experiences. There isn’t really a plot to the piece, as he shares a great deal of intellect, however, the writing style is excellent at maintaining engagement on a normally, boring subject.


My Thoughts:

The plain and simple logic Chilton uses, allows for the reader to stay engaged. His insight is key to the success of the book, as Chilton introduces multiple ideas such as ‘A relatively small cutback in your spending rate, can dramatically increase your saving rate.’ The logic is simple, however portrayed excellently. After reading this piece, there is no way you can call yourself financially wise without utilising the information in the book. Chilton is an expert in the world of finances himself, so his knowledge combined with charisma makes the novel one of a kind. I personally thought that the book was excellent, and it was able to illustrate financial insight without overpowering, or boring me. I thought the piece was excellently written and I would highly suggest it to others looking to secure financials. The only downside was during the last few chapters, when the complexity of the content took a harsh turn and I struggled to keep up. I would rate it 4/5 stars, because of the general subject matter in addition to the confusion at the end, however the book kept me engaged throughout and the commentary made it an enjoyable read.


Book Reviewed by Emily Hardy

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