Sep 29, 08
Read in September, 2008
Max Tivoli is born in 1870's San Francisco with the body of an old man which gets younger and younger as time goes on. With this simple and fantastical premise, Andrew Sean Greer manages to construct a very original and rather believable--all things considering--love story (one with gothic overtones). Most of the story is told sixty or so years later, i.e., when Max has the body of a young boy but the life experience and mind of an "old man," as he writes in his journal. Though the writing felt a bit too flowery and overwhelming at times, and Max's selfishness at the end got to be annoying, overall I thought the book quite enjoyable and found it to be one of the more original fictional books I've read recently. A great example of the power of love: both in its timelessness and passion, as well as its obsessional and destructive nature.