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The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer
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Aug 04, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, io9-top-20, leisure, historical-fiction, romance, science-fiction
Read on July 29, 2010

Another book from the io9 top 20.

This book is basically like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (the movie; I haven't read the story). Max Tivoli ages backwards. It is pretty dark at times, but I enjoyed reading it. The author managed to combine character development and historical description with a quick-moving plot. I wouldn't say I loved it, but I've liked it more than most of the other books on the list. I especially liked the time period in which it was set (1880s-1930). Of course, a story like this can't end well, but I didn't have the same sense of imminent doom I did when I read the Time Traveler's Wife. It's more a bittersweet story than super happy or gut-wrenchingly painful.
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