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Love and the Incredibly Old Man: A Novel
“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
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 . 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 ...moreMore about Lee A. Siegel...