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The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer
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May 05, 2007

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bookshelves: periodfiction
Recommended for: People who dig the Sorrows of Young Werther, with a twist
Read in March, 2007

All the hand-wringing of the protagonist in this story easily (and cleverly, I must admit) distracts from the obvious quirky "gimmick" that I'm sure a majority of people who read the cover blurb must believe is the main thrust of this tale. Max is indeed born looking like a wrinkled old man - and slowly lives his life with his body growing backwards from there into youth. You'd think that would have all kinds of crazy, prurient, macabre stuff going on left and right.

Not that I was looking for that, mind you.

But really, I just wanted to punch Max for his whiny devotion to Alice. whammo!

If you read this book, you'll see what I mean.

Overall, tho, well written, and the born-old-but-gonna-die-young thing is handled impressively and really not overworked at all.

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