A Changed Man
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Riding a high after Francine Prose's "Reading Like a Writer", I picked up this book -- which I had been seeing on independent booksellers' tables for a while. I had hoped to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed her book on reading/writing because I thought she offered really keen insights on the subject.
However, I was pretty disappointed by this book. It wasn't that it was a bad book or poorly written. But it was long and sprawling... and just felt a little careless to me. I like writers...more
Francine Prose made these characters into incredibly believable human beings. It is especially impressive when yo...more
It did inspire me to ponder what the important part of a person is. Is it the inner person, their thoughts and feelings that they d...more
The eponymous changed man, Vincent Nolan, leaves his van in the top tier...more
A recovering neo-Nazi finds himself in a suburban home with a ready made family of a forty-something divorcee mother of two boys after he promises to be a spokesperson for an anti-hate organiziation with the hope he can prevent other guys like him from becoming guys like him.
First off, the Neo-Nazi is named Vincent which in my mind just doesn'...more
It is good to read that she has other, better books because this book on its own would not prompt me to be a huge fan of her writing.
This story seemed to be such an interesting concept after reading the quick synopsis on the...more
As plot summaries are widely available, I won't attempt one here.
So here is the thing. The book is psychologically driven. Not a horrible thing in itself. The point of view switch...more
Critical opinion varied widely on this latest novel by veteran Prose, who has written 11 novels as well as many nonfiction books. Champions found it filled with biting wit and hilarious episodes pitting the drifter skinhead against the entrenched upper classes, which added up to an entertaining examination of important contemporary issues. Detractors found the plot too static and reliant on caricature, didn't believe in or care about Vincent's transformation, and thought the ending predictable....more
On the downside, it was occasionally hard to...more
It took pages and pages to get through 5 minutes of real time as every main character's thoughts spun off and around every single thing that occurred. Despite the interior third person monologues, I couldn't get easily invested in any character because they were all watercolor washes of real pe...more
However, I'm not sure she succeeds entirely, especially in the case of the white supremacist. I would have liked to go a few steps deeper (and darker) into his history, his motivations, h...more
As a rule, I think Prose is a great writer. Love that there are so many more to go!