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The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
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Apr 23, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: good-british-books
Read in December, 2011

I'm not altogether sure about this book. It's about a few weeks in the life of a half-Hong Kong Chinese, half Jewish man (called Alex-Li Tandem) who gets into collecting (and dealing in) autographs, with one actress (Kitty Alexander), being his favourite (and a particular goal of his).

The book traces (briefly) how Tandem got into autograph hunting and dealing, and then examines his efforts to meet Ms. Alexander, and what happens after they meet.

It's not a bad book, but I'm not sure what to think of it. Tandem isn't the most likeable person in the world (he's like most immature late 20-somethings who do typically thoughtless not quite grown up yet late 20-something things), and nothing much happens. So part of me is inclined to think, what's the point of the book?

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