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Memoirs of an Invisible Man

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,644 ratings  ·  165 reviews
A freak accident renders an ordinary stock analyst invisible, and though invisibility has its pitfalls, he is able to eavesdrop his way into amassing a fortune in this side-splitting, tear-jerking mixture of fantasy and nightmare.
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by Atheneum Books (first published 1987)
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Peter
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
how can you not give this book five stars???(slowly shaking head)...the detail, the tension, the brilliant sardonic life view of my hero nick (did I mention the detail?)...i love this book and i love h f saint; WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU???...when i first read this book i spent the next few years scanning the book shop shelves under "s" looking for his next book but it never came...the radio interview on the net is wonderful, heartbreaking listening as you realise h f was still hopeful of continuing ...more
Woodge
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book has been in my top five favorite list since I first read it when it was published in 1987. I'd read it again a couple years later and now for the third time, nineteen years after that. Time flies. It was just as much fun this time around as well. It is such a well-done story about what would happen if an average guy, in this case a 34-year-old securities analyst, should accidentally become invisible. Not only that, he's also got four determined government agents trying to capture him a ...more
Veeral

If you knew about the case of H. F. Saint (the author of this book), you would stop complaining about your favorite writer not completing the next book soon enough, and just be content by the promise that they would continue to write and the next book would come out eventually.

Harry F. Saint started writing this book (published in 1987) when he was in his 40's. He wanted to make money by writing an engaging story, and decided to keep writing in the future to pay the bills. As it turned out, even
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Mickey
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
OK, so the basic idea was covered by H.G. Wells long ago, but I found this book hard to put down. Not only does the pace keep you riveted, but the invisible man himself is such a smarta** that the dialogue often made me laugh out loud. It's a shame they butchered the story when they made it into a Chevy Chase movie, in which the witty repartee was replaced with expletives. Skip the movie, read the book...
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Leftbanker
Sep 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with an imagination

DO NOT confuse this brilliant novel with the crap movie it was later made into starring Chevy Chase. If ever a movie screamed out for a remake it would be this story.

I can state without any exaggeration that the umpteen times I have made it through this book cover-to-cover were the most fun that I've ever had reading. This last reading I pulled off in a single day! I also think that it's interesting how many people state that this is their favorite book, more than any other book I've come acros
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Diane
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi

When I think about invisibility, I think of it as a cool superpower. I guess it would be if you could turn it off and on at will. This book makes it seem much less fun:

• Trying to orient yourself in space can be very disconcerting, especially if you happen to be in an invisible building.
• The government will try to hunt you down. It wants you as a lab rat. It might be able to use you for intelligence. It doesn’t someone else to use you. It may need to eliminate you to avoid the embarrassment a
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William
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this back when it was first published - they were handing out the first 2 chapters in pamphlet form and I loved it, so bought the book.

The movie with Chevy Chase was okay, but not nearly as good as the book.

Great fun.
Tim Meechan
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J.M. Hushour
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"If only you could see me now. You can't and you couldn't, but I am here."

An inexplicably incredible, hilarious novel that I first read years ago when the so-so film came out and which I now revisit, leaving it with glee and the desire to spread its translucent love across the universe.
This is another one of those books that if you described it to someone, they'd walk away from you, shaking their head, and prescribing you something:
A NYC securities analyst gets turned invisible in an accident at
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Samie Foster
Feb 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Memoirs Of An Invisible Man By H.F. Saint

I get my books from odd places. Garage sales, give a ways, bargain bins, and sometimes out of trash can at my friends house. (He has no tastes in books and often throw good ones away) I grab books that seem interesting, providing an new concept or have tons of potential. I prefer not to join the waves of current fans of big writers stalking their every move. I mean, these guys that no one hears of are sometimes better than JK Rowling, or Stephen King. Som
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Mark
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read H. F. Saint's novel thirty years ago. I recall the praise it received at the time for how well thought out the novel's exploration of the problems that an invisible person might face. When I read it for myself I was similarly impressed with the challenges Saint identifies (how does someone who's invisible drive a car, or feed themselves, or find regular housing?) and how the novel's titular character overcomes them.

For decades, the novel remained a fond memory, one which I remember
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Lucas
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's very intelligent, funny and compelling.

As the title indicates, it provides an account of the life of a man whose body has turned invisible. It offers a very clever exploration of the question what life as an invisible man would be like.

It reminded me of two of my favorite films, Groundhog Day and The Man from Earth, respectively about a man who keeps reliving the same day over and over again and a man who does not age and has lived for millennia, which are also humorous a
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Richard Palmer
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have to unreservedly give this book five stars.

It is absolutely a great book; my only regret is that Saint never published anything else.

Being invisible is probably a little bit of everyone's fantasy, but in this story, Nick Halloway really discovers all of the challenges and frustrations of what that would mean. He can do almost nothing of what he did before. Even worse, he is cut off socially from his entire past life. Saint does a very good job of showing what this would all be like.

In add
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Robin
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting book! We are asked to accept that a thirty- something NYC investment analyst is turned invisible in a scientific demonstration gone wrong. Of course, the government intelligence community is after him and that is the crux of the book. He learns to deal with the day to day issues of living as an invisible yet otherwise normal man. I found it charming that the end of the book contains ten totally blank pages. Metaphor? Just as interesting is the story of the author. The success of t ...more
Sarah Nelson
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was one in a stack of books given to me that, when judging the books by their covers, I was dreading reading. I expected it to drag.
& this is the second time this week I have been wrong about it!
This book grabbed my interest from the first paragraph & had me the entire way through. This author has serious talent!!!
Having read so many books in my life, it’s quite unusual to read a book where I can’t guess what’s coming next, but with this one, I couldn’t!
Julie H.
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The scene on the train is simply priceless. There were many many funny instances in this book that is not simply (only) a funny book.
Candace
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very entertaining read, although I found it hard to get into at first. Recommended for people who enjoy wit and humor and scenarios that make you think!
Angela Vella Zarb
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really fun read!
Raeden Zen
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Intriguing, Hilarious, Satirical Sci-Fi Thriller

“It was not really anywhere—or not anywhere this train should be stopping. This was not in itself particularly disturbing: if you have ever ridden on one of these trains you will know that, although they operate on the most important and most traveled rail route in the country, their movements are as random as the physical limitations of steel rails will permit. That is, they are always mysteriously speeding up, slowing down, or stopping altogether
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Midas68
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Review of abridged Audio Story along with Novel Review)

First let me say this is one of dem dere Abridged Farcities.
Now sometimes a Shorter Version can be a Good thing. Such as in Bad
stories your glad are finally over, or one of them Stephen king Forrest killing Telephone Books.

But mostly its all BUllOnie. I do tho got to tell ya something good about this. Its a Rare one.

Saints baby was a Incredibly witty book that should be read by All
who like such things as Good Books that are Good! And I'm tel
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Maryann
Having been one of those people who always replied "invisibility" to someone's question of what power I would want if I were to posses a magical ability, I was instantly drawn to read this book. I was a little sceptical at first because I'd already read H.G's story of the invisible man, and, really, reading a book with no originality can be boring sometimes but I wasn't let down at all. I loved Nick's humour (written in 1st person) and his aspect of things which I thought reflected well on what ...more
Sean Randall
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Somehow, unwittingly, incredibly, I had become part of a live sex act performed before a hostile, disapproving audience. I felt exposed, anxious, and ashamed."

This, so early in the book, makes you wonder jus where this title is going. But as you look back, seeing that really, it's the last public appearance of our hero in any meaningful way, there's a touch of ... what? Sympathy, I suppose.

"I was becoming a sack of vomit and fecal matter. I suppose, on reflection, that that is what I had alway
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Kathleen Dixon
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a re-make, as it were, of H.G. Wells' classic which I haven't read (at least I don't recall having read it, which may or may not be the same thing). I enjoyed it very much, even though I found some of his descriptions a little pedantic. These, however, fitted with the style and with the character so they didn't detract at all.

Saint does the emotional aspect really well - the loneliness must be debilitating when you're invisible to others. I know from personal experience of being cold-sho
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Suka
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recently-re-read
One of my all-time favorite books. I bet I've read it at least 10 times. I was telling a friend about it, about how I kept buying copies of it and loaned to friends and never got it back. Well, he found it on Amazon and bought me a copy as well as one for himself. I recently re-read it and thought about how it worked in 1987, when it was written, but it would be a very different story if written today. Technology has advanced to the point that anyone could disappear and become "invisible" but co ...more
Ronnie Roberts
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all-time favorite books, one I read again and again, as a treat to myself. It's clever, funny, engaging, and stays with you for a very long time. It also falls firmly into the - 'Don't Judge a Book by its Movie' category - please! A Chevy Chase and Darrel Hanna slapstick romance? It was like having the keystone cops acting out a John Grisham court drama.

Do yourself a huge favor and read this book. The protagonist, Nick, is so likable, and his dilemma so profound, you cannot he
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Emi Bevacqua
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Nick Halloway is an uncharming New York City securities analyst, who finds himself drunk at the wrong place at the wrong time. When an explosion at an attempted Boondoggle renders Nick utterly and permanently invisible, he narrowly escapes but to a life on the run with government agents following close behind. His aliases include Harvey, Jonathan Crosby, and Nick Cheshire; and he finds an accomplice to have sex with him. If I sound bitter about this book I am, because I bought it years ago think ...more
Eric
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
dave -- this is one of my favorite books of all time. i don't know if you've read it, but if you haven't then put it on your reading list now! H.F. Saint i don't think ever wrote another book, but maybe because nothing else could be this good.

And please, if you haven't already seen the ridiculous Chevy Chase movie version yet -- don't watch it till after you've read the book PLEASE -- and then only as a novelty. It's not an absolutely horrible movie, but compared to the book it was a total disas
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Sherrill Watson
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
After rave reviews from an old friend, I sought this book out at the library. She must be more detail-minded than me, as that was 75% of the book.

Well thought-out story, of a man who accidentally becomes invisible, and is chased by the same government agents who want to analyze him or stop him, at least. I was intrigued, sometimes, and laughing, sometimes, but not thru most of the analysis and his careful planning. It was apparent about on page 150 that he wasn't going to be caught, and why Ali
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JDK1962
May 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I loved this book. It took a sci-fi idea and ran with it brilliantly. What would it be like to be invisible?

BTW, Robert Silverberg wrote a sci-fi story "To See the Invisible Man" that I read back in the 70's, about invisibility as a punishment (not actual invisibility, but other people were forbidden to acknowledge your existence in any way). For extra credit, compare and contrast these experiences of literal vs. legislated invisibility.
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Corey Dubois
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time. The author seems to unkeenly know or suppose exactly what it would be like to be invisible. All of the nuances, and the problems. The abilitys and so forth. Told in an utterly interesting way, that draws you in wanting to know what happens next. Throughout the book, you feel as though your the character, alone and empty, in the middle of a city with millions of people. I highly recommend this book.
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