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The Paper Man

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Michael was only 15 when a mysterious accident changed his life forever. He was rebuilt out of paper by his father, and ten years later he is still trapped in the paper version of his teenage body. To escape his stagnant life at home, he runs away to the city by the sea, which promises art and adventure. Instead, Michael discovers the city is tearing at the seams.

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Paperback, 267 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by The Unnamed Press (first published May 12th 2015)
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May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Engebelerden arkana bakacak kadar uzaklaştığında hepsinin bir işe yaradığını görürsün."

İyi ve farklı bir kurgu.
Ancak yayınevinde son okuma yapan biri yok sanırım...

Christopher Alonso
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, lgbtq
I'm going to start by saying that this book was one of the weirdest books I've read, and I loved it.
There are several themes in this book, but the driving point for me was the search for an identity. Something about it resonated with me, this seeking of validation and self-doubt and eventually coming to a moment where you realize what you didn't know you wanted.
If you enjoy an off-center read or are looking for a kick-ass fabulist story, please read this book.
yazim ve imla hatalarindan firsat bulup da (!) kitaba ve konusuna odaklanabildigimde aradigimi bulamadigim bir kitap oldu kagit adam. yuzeyse bir anlatim. oncesini sonrasini cok da bilemedigimiz, detaylarina vakif olamadigimiz olaylar ve mekanlar. biraz fantastik biraz kafkaesk uslupla yazildigini dusundugum distopik bi roman.

okura merak uyandiran ilginc bi ulkenin kapisini araliyor ama ne yazik ki hem anlatimdan kaynakli oldugunu dusundugum hem ceviriden kaynakli ifade bozukluklari ile yayinev
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Paper Man tells the story of a young man named Michael who leaves the relative comfort and ease of life on a coffee plantation for the big city. But this is no ordinary man or nor is it an ordinary city. On the verge of being occupied by the militarized north, Michael lacks the proper papers to work in the city, which is ironic because Michael is made out of paper. He falls in with a strange crew of artists, models, a mysterious figure out of the past and a dangerous one-eyed man who threate ...more
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"The Paper Man" does a masterful tightrope walk between allegory and verisimilar narrative as it spools out the tale of an artist making his way in the big city. And while there is certainly a magical, dreamy, and at times nightmarish quality to the story, bringing comparisons to the fantasies of Kafka and Borges, underneath this phantasmagorical façade is a very real humanity with heart beating madly. A remarkable debut, and I'm very much looking forward to more from Lawson in the future. ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Weird but good.

The Paper Man is an experimental novel about a young man made of paper. If you like magical realism and staring at paintings that are no more than a dot on canvas, you would probably like this. Michael had an accident years ago (the details are vague), after which his father built him a body made of paper. For years he has worked for his family business as an accountant, mostly staying indoors due to his fragile physical circumstances. One day he decides enough is enough and
Jason Gordon
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked what this novel had to say about identity. The takeaway: conceiving of being yourself in a static sort of manner amounts to being nothing more than a statue or a piece of art. Your self/character is something ought to be interrogated, destroyed, and rebuilt from the ground up to be appropriate to each changing circumstance or story -- of which there are many throughout one's life.

Ceren Atlı
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu kitabı tanımlarken kullanacağım ilk sıfat "tuhaf" olacaktır. Bazı kitapları bir solukta okuyup sonra unutabilirsiniz. Ancak Kağıt Adam'ın hikayesini unutmak benim için çok zor olacak. Oldukça sıradışı bir kurgu.

Bu hikayenin özünde kendini-gerçekleştirme var. Kağıttan bir bedene sahip Michael kim olduğunu bulma yolculuğunda Şehir'e gidiyor. Burada çeşit çeşit insanlarla tanışıyor, hatta geçmişinin hayaleti ortaya çıkıyor. Özne olmak isterken kendini defalarca nesne konumunda buluyor. Engeller
CeCe Pleasants Adams
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Strange and sad, but hopeful -- this is the story of the masks we put it on and what it means to be human. Micheal is a man made of paper, trying to navigate his way though the world of art, politics and relationships while changing from boy to man with all the confusion and heartbreak associated. Gallagher Lawson builds a world that is weird and magical with fundamental similarities to our own.
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really strong debut. Here's a fuller review of it I wrote: Read this book! ...more
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Kağıt Adam |3/5|

Örümcek Adam’ı duydunuz, Görünmez Adam’ı duydunuz, muhtemelen Yarasa Adam’ı ve Süper Adam’ı da duymuşsunuzdur. Peki Kağıt Adam’ı duydunuz mu? Yeni çıktı. Aslında, saydığım diğer örnekler gibi özel bir gücü yok ama hemen endişelenmeyin. Tıpkı bu saydığım kahramanlar gibi trajik bir hikayesi var. Peki, nedir bu trajik hikaye?

Michael, ergenlik çağında iken geçirdiği bir kazadan dolayı babası tarafından yeniden, kağıt olarak yaratılmıştır. Evet, herhangi bir hiciv, ironi veya kelime
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
To everyone going on and on about how original this book is, I wonder if you've heard of a li'l dude called Pinocchio.

The Paper Man is gorgeously written, though it forces its symbolism down your throat and leaves little for the imagination. The protagonist is also an infuriatingly aloof and ungrateful twat, and having a foot within the art community myself I found a lot of the artistic rants and expressions to be rather cheesy and uninspired. I was however intrigued 'til the end and hope to rea
Andrew Salgado
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a good idea that was so poorly executed. I think he was trying to go so hard for symbolism that it all became so completely silly. I felt like he was making the book up as he wrote it... so man6 plot holes and loose ends. I really wanted to love this book and it was SO disappointing
David Olsen
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a strange and intriguing book. Loved it.
Tonstant Weader
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Sometimes when you read a book and come to the end, all you can do is say “What the hell was that?” That’s what I asked after finishing The Paper Man by Gallagher Lawson, a book that puts the magic back in magic realism. Michael is the paper man. He was terribly injured in an accident and his father created a paper body for him that he inhabits. It’s a fragile body, coming apart at the seams at times, disintegrating into mush when it gets wet. For years, though, his father keeps him safe at home ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ficton, 2016
This was one of the most unusual books I have ever read and I loved it. I mean how often do you read a book where the main character is made of paper and eats shredded newspaper and milk for breakfast? I had a hard time putting it down! A unique way to tell a story that many can relate to- the search for one's identity and place in the world. ...more
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I got a little hung up in the prose, which tends toward the introspective to a degree I found distracting. There are some lovely descriptive passages, and the idea is great without dominating the story (i.e., it doesn't become totally about its premise).

Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Very unusual and creative if not a bit macabre.
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Gallagher Lawson is a graduate of UC Riverside’s Palm Desert MFA program. He has worked as a travel writer and technical writer, and plays classical piano. He lives in Los Angeles. The Paper Man is his first novel.

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