The Autograph Man

The Autograph Man

Book - 2002
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Following one Alex-Li Tandem - a twenty-something, Chinese-Jewish autograph dealer turned on by sex, drugs and organised religion. Exposing our misconceptions about our idols - about ourselves, this title delivers a tale about who we are and what we really want to be.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2002
ISBN: 9780241141731
0241141737
Branch Call Number: FIC Smith
Characteristics: 419 p. : ill

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tritonesub Jul 09, 2016

Beautifully written, the book charts an unpredictable path involving a half-Chinese man, a cat, a dog, an aging actress, Rabbi, insurance man, a lovely young woman with a heart problem and many more. All the characters are depicted with such warmth and compassion. They stay with you. One note: try to get the print version and NOT the Kindle version. The illustrations and other hand-written parts of the book do not come out well on Kindle. This is a book to be read on paper.

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cheriemoses
Jun 06, 2015

Zadie Smith has a knack for good writing. This book however contains so many digressions, many so opaque and idiosyncratic passages that the book reads in a choppy fashion. The miserable character Alex resolves nothing; his story becomes tedious, and Zadie obscures the text with the abovementioned digressions by writing cryptic asides that no longer keep this reader absorbed. Very disappointing. I did read it to the end.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Zadie Smith's sophomore book, the Autograph Man, deserves your reading attention. Londoner Alex-Li Tandem buys and sells autographs for a living. He is mired in the emptiness of his 30-something generation X values: movies, fame and symbolic artifacts divorced from experience. The reader wants to encourage Alex-Li as he clumsily attempts to seek something real.

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