First Person

First Person

Book - 2018
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Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghost-writing his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he'll be paid $10,000. But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him, his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Siegfried Heidl, and who is Kif Kehlmann? As time runs out, one question looms above all others: what is the truth?
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2018
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780525520023
Branch Call Number: FIC Flana
Characteristics: 351 pages


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May 23, 2018

The author took about 2/3 of the book to repeatedly discuss that the two main characters are somehow intertwined. I skipped multiple pages as I was reading to find sections that actually had plot progression. I don't recommend this book.

May 07, 2018

First Person, a perplexing fabrication of meaningless drivel, neither amusing nor edifying, providing not even a morsel of reading satisfaction. Maybe there's a sublime, ulterior motive for publishing the novel only the literati are privy to. Perhaps it's a vehicle for repressed emotions on the part of Mr Flanagan, or an inside joke. The book does rate as a first-class time dissipater.

Nicr Apr 30, 2018

Kif Kehlmann, in the midst of trying to write a literary novel and desperate for money, has been tasked with ghostwriting--in six weeks--the memoir of celebrity con artist Siegfried Heidl: "I would meet myself writing Heidl." A little repetitive, as Kif continually battles Heidl's obfuscation (his "heidling"). A rumination on corruption and mortality. Derived from Flanagan's own experience as a ghost writer.

multcolib_susannel Apr 09, 2018

Even though writing a great novel is Kif's dream, when offered the chance to ghost write the autobiography of famous criminal/con man, Seigfried Heidle, he takes it.

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