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Love and the Incredibly Old Man: A Novel

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” begins one chapter of critically acclaimed Lee Siegel’s new novel, Love and the Incredibly Old Man. “In the beginning” starts another. What else can a novelist do when hired as a ghostwriter by an elderly, irascible, conquistador-costumed man claiming to be the 540-year-old Juan Ponce de León? The fantastic life of that ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 11th 2008 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Love and the Incredibly Old Man is two hundred and thirty pages of pulp erotica masquerading as almost-literary fiction. It reputes to be the history of the conquistador Don Juan Ponce de León, who rather than die in sixteenth century Cuba, found the Fountain of Youth, and lived on through four centuries of bawdy excess to recount his life story to the man he wants to ghost write his autobiography. Think Interview with a Vampire, only without the vampires and with less homoeroticism. It's enjoya ...more
funny! short and light. meta-fiction about writing the memoirs of Ponce De Leon, as told by him, at the Fountain of Life history theme park in FL. enjoyable read. saucy.
Read...26 pages of tiny type. Great premise, could be fantastic, and maybe page 27 on is fantastic, but it's just not for me. I've moved on to another book.
YUCK! The prologue as good and then it quickly went downhill. I stopped before I finished the first 30 pages.
I like Ponce de Leon, but I really wanted to beat up the narrator/author. I liked the concept of the book.
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Lee A. Siegel is a novelist and professor of religion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is not related to the critic Lee Siegel. In 1988 Siegel was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow [1]. He has received numerous fellowships and grants including five Senior Research Fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies and the Smithsonian Institute (1979, 1983, 1987, 199 ...more
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