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The Lecturer's Tale by James Hynes
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Jan 07, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction
Read in January, 2006

This is a wonderfully quirky story about a struggling academic trying to get tenure. He's a sad sack . . . until he discovers a magic power derived from his reattached finger that was severed in an accident. He discovers that he can control the actions of others merely by touching them with this finger. The story unfolds about how he abuses this power in order to try to get tenure.

It really is more wacky and fun than I've described. My wife and I read it together and had to put the book down numerous times to laugh and cringe at the outlandish behavior and the twists of the plot. Anyone who has some experience with graduate school will really like this. But I recommend it to anyone. One of my favorites.

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